Why did Abraham make his servant put his hand under Abraham's thigh? What does that have to do with swearing?


Genesis 24:2 - 3

NKJV - 2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh. 3 And I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell.

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Mini Jeanne Siriani

This method of swearing hearkens back to the covenant of circumcision. We put our hand on the Bible. I’m not sure if hand under the thigh is a euphemism or just a more socially accepted form of swearing by the covenant.

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