Genesis 24:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:11, NIV: "He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water."

Genesis 24:11, ESV: "And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water."

Genesis 24:11, KJV: "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."

Genesis 24:11, NASB: "He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water when it was evening, the time when women go out to draw water."

Genesis 24:11, NLT: "He made the camels kneel beside a well just outside the town. It was evening, and the women were coming out to draw water."

Genesis 24:11, CSB: "At evening, the time when women went out to draw water, he made the camels kneel beside a well outside the town."

What does Genesis 24:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant is on a mission to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. He has been sent to find the family which Abraham left behind in Mesopotamia. The servant is not named, though some believe this is Eliezer, mentioned earlier as Abraham's prospective heir (Genesis 15:2).

Having arrived at his destination in the evening, Abraham's servant needed to water the camels. He makes them kneel down by the town well outside the city. It was the time women would typically come to the well to draw water for their families. Abraham's servant is likely tired from his journey, but he has a specific plan in mind to find the right woman for his master's son (Genesis 24:12).