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“The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives,[a] promised me with a solemn oath,[b] ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel[c] before you so that you may find[d] a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to come back with you,[e] you will be free[f] from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!” So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes.[g]

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  1. Genesis 24:7 tn Or “the land of my birth.”
  2. Genesis 24:7 tn Heb “and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying.”
  3. Genesis 24:7 tn Or “his messenger.”
  4. Genesis 24:7 tn Heb “before you and you will take.”
  5. Genesis 24:8 tn Heb “ to go after you.”
  6. Genesis 24:8 sn You will be free. If the prospective bride was not willing to accompany the servant back to Canaan, the servant would be released from his oath to Abraham.
  7. Genesis 24:9 tn Heb “and he swore to him concerning this matter.”