Genesis 24:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:16, NIV: "The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again."

Genesis 24:16, ESV: "The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up."

Genesis 24:16, KJV: "And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up."

Genesis 24:16, NASB: "The young woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had had relations with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up."

Genesis 24:16, NLT: "Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again."

Genesis 24:16, CSB: "Now the girl was very beautiful, a virgin--no man had been intimate with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up."

What does Genesis 24:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant has been praying that God will give him a sign. This sign is meant to confirm that he has found the right woman to marry Isaac, Abraham's son. The servant has asked God to show him the woman he should approach, based on her generosity and kindness (Genesis 24:12–14).

The previous verses revealed that Rebekah walked into view even before Abraham's servant finished asking God to give success to his mission. The servant does not yet know that this girl is the granddaughter of Abraham's own brother (Genesis 22:20–23), but he does see that she is very attractive. While this is a wonderful thing, it's important to note that the servant's prayer made no mention of appearances. He is seeking a woman of character, first and foremost, and her beauty will turn out to be an additional blessing.

He watches as she goes down to the spring, meaning the well, fills her water jar, and starts to head back into the town. He decides he must talk to her.