1Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in
2He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in
charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh.
3I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the
daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living,
4but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a
wife for my son Isaac.”
5The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”
6“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,”
7“The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will
give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you
can get a wife for my son from there.
8If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you
will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my
son back there.”
9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.
Abraham put his full trust in God and did what the Lord told
him to do.