Genesis 24:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:18, NIV: "Drink, my lord,' she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink."

Genesis 24:18, ESV: "She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink."

Genesis 24:18, KJV: "And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink."

Genesis 24:18, NASB: "And she said, 'Drink, my lord'; then she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink."

Genesis 24:18, NLT: "'Yes, my lord,' she answered, 'have a drink.' And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink."

Genesis 24:18, CSB: "She replied, "Drink, my lord." She quickly lowered her jug to her hand and gave him a drink."

What does Genesis 24:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Abraham's servant approached Rebekah, asking for a drink of water. His plan, according to his prayer to God, is that one of the women at this well will respond to this request by offering to also bring water for the servant's ten camels (Genesis 24:12–14). This is no small task, so such a favor would suggest a woman of high character. The servant intends to pursue the woman this test signifies; she is, presumably, the one God intends to be brought bring back as a wife for Isaac, son Abraham.

Before the servant had even completed his prayer, an attractive woman appears, and he decides to put into effect his plan to find the girl God has appointed for Isaac. So the servant asked her for some water to drink.

Here, she responds by "quickly" giving him a drink from her jar. The emphasis on her immediate reaction is meant to show Rebekah's generosity.