Genesis 24:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:15, NIV: "Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor."

Genesis 24:15, ESV: "Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder."

Genesis 24:15, KJV: "And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder."

Genesis 24:15, NASB: "And it came about, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder."

Genesis 24:15, NLT: "Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham's brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah."

Genesis 24:15, CSB: "Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah--daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor--coming with a jug on her shoulder."

What does Genesis 24:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's unnamed servant is on a mission to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. He has been sent specifically to Abraham's extended family in Mesopotamia. His first stop is at a town named for one of Abraham's relatives. There, he prays for God to give him a sign about which woman he should bring home for Isaac. Specifically, he is seeking a woman with a generous spirit. His prayer involves asking for water, and seeing if a woman volunteers to also bring water for his camels—not a small task.

Even before Abraham's servant has concluded the prayer described in the previous verses (Genesis 24:12–14), Rebekah walks into view carrying a water jar on her shoulder. God immediately responded to the servant's sincere prayer to show love to Abraham by showing the servant the appointed girl.

Rebekah is the granddaughter of Nahor, Abraham's brother (Genesis 11:27). Her father Bethuel was born to Nahor's wife Milcah (Genesis 22:20–23). The servant did not yet know all of that, but this means that not only will Isaac's wife be from among Abraham's clan, she will be of his more immediate family.