Genesis 24:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:13, NIV: "See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water."

Genesis 24:13, ESV: "Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water."

Genesis 24:13, KJV: "Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:"

Genesis 24:13, NASB: "Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water;"

Genesis 24:13, NLT: "See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water."

Genesis 24:13, CSB: "I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water."

What does Genesis 24:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant continues to pray to the "God of my master Abraham," asking for success in his mission to find his master's son a wife. Abraham has sent him to find a wife for Isaac, specifically from Abraham's extended family back in Mesopotamia (Genesis 24:3–4). Now the servant becomes very specific in this request. He describes where he is sitting by the spring, the well, outside the city of Nahor. This was named for one of Abraham's relatives, making it a good place to start the search (Genesis 11:27). The servant describes to God how the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. In the following verse, he will ask God to give him a specific sign about which of these young women will be Isaac's wife.