Genesis 24:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:10, NIV: "Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master's camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor."

Genesis 24:10, ESV: "Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor."

Genesis 24:10, KJV: "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."

Genesis 24:10, NASB: "Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and went out with a variety of good things of his master’s in his hand; so he set out and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor."

Genesis 24:10, NLT: "Then he loaded ten of Abraham's camels with all kinds of expensive gifts from his master, and he traveled to distant Aram-naharaim. There he went to the town where Abraham's brother Nahor had settled."

Genesis 24:10, CSB: "The servant took ten of his master's camels, and with all kinds of his master's goods in hand, he went to Aram-naharaim, to Nahor's town."

What does Genesis 24:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant has accepted his mission and sworn his oath. He will do all he can to find a wife for Isaac among Abraham's people in northwest Mesopotamia, also known as Aram Naharaim.

To that end, he takes with him a demonstration of Abraham's great wealth, beginning with ten camels. In that era of the Middle East, apparently, camels, were not yet common. To bring ten of these rare, useful animals would communicate great riches to the family of any perspective wives. In addition, the servant packed a variety of expensive gifts to present to a potential bride and her family. Custom demanded that a suitor give gifts to the bride's family. Abraham's servant would make sure not to fail in his quest due to a lack of generosity.

Sufficiently equipped, the servant soon arrived at his destination in the city of Nahor. Nahor was the name of Abraham's brother (Genesis 11:27), making this a good place to start looking for a bride among Abraham's kinsmen.