Abraham makes his servant swear to God.
(that he won't let Isaac marry a Canaanite)
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed
Abraham in all things.
And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all
that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that
thou shalt not take a wife unto my son
of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
When Abraham was old, he said to his oldest servant,
Put your hand under my thigh 
and swear to God
that you'll not allow my son to marry a Canaanite.
But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto
my son Isaac.
Abraham continued his directions to his servant, saying,
Go to the country where my family lives and find a wife for Isaac.
And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing
to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land
from whence thou camest?
The servant said,
What if the woman isn't willing to come back with me?
Should I bring Isaac with me?
And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither
The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the
land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying,
Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee,
and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
No, don't bring Isaac with you.
God will send an angel to help find a wife for him.
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be
clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
If the woman still won't come back with you, I release you from your vow.
And the servant put his hand under the thigh
of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
So the servant put his hand under Abraham's thigh and sware. 
The servant finds a wife for Isaac - Rebekah.
And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed;
for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and
went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
Abraham's servant took ten camels and departed for the city of Nahor in Mesopotamia.
And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water
at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
Went he arrived in Nahor, he went to the well where the women come to get water.
24:12 And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good
speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of
the city come out to draw water:
And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy
pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will
give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for
thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness
unto my master.
And he prayed, saying,
God, I'm standing here where the women come to get water.
Please help me find a wife for my master's son by using these code words when a women comes to get water.
I'll say to her, "Let me have a drink of water, please."
Then she'll say, "Here, have a drink. And here's some water for your camels."
Let that woman be the one I should bring back to my master's son.
And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah
came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor,
Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
While he was still talking to God, Rebekah came by.
And the damsel was
very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her:
and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
She was a good-looking virgin , and she went to the well and filled her pitcher.
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a
little water of thy pitcher.
Abraham's servant ran to her and said,
Let me have a drink of water, please.
24:18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher
upon her hand, and gave him drink.
24:19 And when she had done giving him drink,
she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again
unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had
made his journey prosperous or not.
And Rebekah said,
Here, have a drink. And here's some water for your camels.
And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a
golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of
ten shekels weight of gold;
And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in
thy father's house for us to lodge in?
The servant took a gold earring, two gold braclets, and said to her,
Who is your father?
Is there room for me to stay in his house?
And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah,
which she bare unto Nahor.
She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and
room to lodge in.
I am the dauther of Bethuel, whose mother and father were Milcah and Nahor.
And there's room for you to stay with us.
And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not
left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the
LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.
And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto
the man, unto the well.
And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his
sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying,
Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood
by the camels at the well.
And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou
without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
Then Abraham's servant bowed down, and said,
Thank you God for leading me to the house of my master's family.
And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave
straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the
men's feet that were with him.
And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat,
until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
When Abraham's servant arrives at Rebekah's house he tells Rebekah's brother Laban the same story that was just told
in the first half of this chapter.
(Abe sent him
to find a wife, the slave told God the secret code words to use, and Rebekah showed up and said the magic words.)
And the LORD hath blessed my master
greatly; and he is become great: and
he hath given him flocks, and herds,
and silver, and gold, and menservants,
and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and
unto him hath he given all that he hath.
And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son
of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a
wife unto my son.
And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel
with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my
kindred, and of my father's house:
Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my
kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master
Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when
the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray
thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels:
let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's
And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth
with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew
water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said,
Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the
camels drink also.
And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the
daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the
earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD
God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my
master's brother's daughter unto his son.
And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if
not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
God blessed Abraham by giving him lots of slaves. 
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the
LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy
master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he
worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and
raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her
mother precious things.
And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried
all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto
And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few
days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my
way; send me away that I may go to my master.
And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
Rebekah's brother and father agreed to give her to the slave's master's son since it was obviously
a marriage made in heaven.
And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man?
And she said, I will go.
And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's
servant, and his men.
Rebekah's brother and father asked her,
Will you go with this man to marry his master's son? 
And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister,
be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of
those which hate them.
And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and
followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted
up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off
For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the
field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she
took a vail, and covered herself.
And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
They blessed her and said,
Have thousands of millions of babies.
May your seed take away the lands of those that hate them.
And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and
she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his
When Rebekah arrived in Canaan, Isaac took her
into his tent and she became his wife. 
- Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. [v.2]
"Putting his hand under his thigh" is a euphemism for "holding his genitals in his hand."
I guess it's sort of like swearing on the Bible.
- The servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware. [v.9]
Is it OK to swear?
- Rebekah ... was very fair to look upon, a virgin. [v.16]
WooHoo! A good-looking virgin! I wonder how he knew she was a virgin? Did he perform an examination?
- The LORD hath blessed my master greatly ... he hath given him ... menservants,
and maidservants. [v.35]
Does God approve of slavery?
- Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. [v.58]
This may be the only time a woman was asked her consent to marriage in the Bible. If there's another biblical woman who did so,
I'd like to know about it.
- Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she
became his wife. [v.67]
No marriage ceremony was performed, no vows were exchanged.
- OMGWTFBible: In the Beginning - Episode 9 - (Genesis 22:20 - 24:67)
- Contains chapters 9-12. In which Avraham haggles poorly and sends a slave on an expedition for ladies. Recorded live at Double Wide Bar on June 17, 2013.
Guest: Jed Oelbaum
- The Bible (Annotated)
- Genesis 24. It's very long, well... comparatively.
- Christian Response
The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Gen 24)
Drunk With Blood: Genesis