32 So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw to bed them down, fed them, and provided water for the camel drivers to wash their feet.
33 Then supper was served. But Abraham's servant said, "I don't want to eat until I have told you why I have come." "All right," Laban said, "tell us your mission."
34 "I am Abraham's servant," he explained.
35 "And the LORD has blessed my master richly; he has become a great man. The LORD has given him flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many servants and camels and donkeys.
36 When Sarah, my master's wife, was very old, she gave birth to my master's son, and my master has given him everything he owns.
37 And my master made me swear that I would not let Isaac marry one of the local Canaanite women.
38 Instead, I was to come to his relatives here in this far-off land, to his father's home. I was told to bring back a young woman from here to marry his son.
39 " `But suppose I can't find a young woman willing to come back with me?' I asked him.
40 `You will,' he told me, `for the LORD, in whose presence I have walked, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. Yes, you must get a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father's family.
41 But if you go to my relatives and they refuse to let her come, you will be free from your oath.'
42 "So this afternoon when I came to the spring I prayed this prayer: `O LORD, the God of my master, Abraham, if you are planning to make my mission a success, please guide me in a special way.
43 Here I am, standing beside this spring. I will say to some young woman who comes to draw water, "Please give me a drink of water!"
44 And she will reply, "Certainly! And I'll water your camels, too!" LORD, let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of my master's son.'
45 "Before I had finished praying these words, I saw Rebekah coming along with her water jug on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water and filled the jug. So I said to her, `Please give me a drink.'
46 She quickly lowered the jug from her shoulder so I could drink, and she said, `Certainly, sir, and I will water your camels, too!' And she did.
47 When I asked her whose daughter she was, she told me, `My father is Bethuel, the son of Nahor and his wife, Milcah.' So I gave her the ring and the bracelets.
48 "Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham, because he had led me along the right path to find a wife from the family of my master's relatives.
49 So tell me--will you or won't you show true kindness to my master? When you tell me, then I'll know what my next step should be, whether to move this way or that."
50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "The LORD has obviously brought you here, so what can we say?
51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed."
52 At this reply, Abraham's servant bowed to the ground and worshiped the LORD.
53 Then he brought out silver and gold jewelry and lovely clothing for Rebekah. He also gave valuable presents to her mother and brother.
54 Then they had supper, and the servant and the men with him stayed there overnight. But early the next morning, he said, "Send me back to my master."
55 "But we want Rebekah to stay at least ten days," her brother and mother said. "Then she can go."
56 But he said, "Don't hinder my return. The LORD has made my mission successful, and I want to report back to my master."
57 "Well," they said, "we'll call Rebekah and ask her what she thinks."
58 So they called Rebekah. "Are you willing to go with this man?" they asked her. And she replied, "Yes, I will go."