Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, "Please place your hand under my thigh,
and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live,
but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
The servant said to him, "Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?"
Then Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there!
"The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I will give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.
"But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there."
So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and set out with a variety of good things of his master's in his hand; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.
He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.
He said, "O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.
"Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water;
now may it be that the girl to whom I say, 'Please let down your jar so that I may drink,' and who answers, 'Drink, and I will water your camels also '-- [may] she [be the one] whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master."
"The LORD has greatly blessed my master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys.
"Now Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has.
"My master made me swear, saying, 'You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live;
but you shall go to my father's house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.'
"I said to my master, 'Suppose the woman does not follow me.'
"He said to me, 'The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father's house;
then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.'
"So I came today to the spring, and said, 'O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go successful;
behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar";
and she will say to me, "You drink, and I will draw for your camels also"; let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master's son.'
"Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, 'Please let me drink.'
"She quickly lowered her jar from her [shoulder], and said, 'Drink, and I will water your camels also'; so I drank, and she watered the camels also.
"Then I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him'; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists.
"And I bowed low and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master's kinsman for his son.
"So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left."