Genesis 24:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:21, NIV: Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.

Genesis 24:21, ESV: The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.

Genesis 24:21, KJV: And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

Genesis 24:21, NASB: Meanwhile, the man was taking a close look at her in silence, to find out whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.

Genesis 24:21, NLT: The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the LORD had given him success in his mission.

Genesis 24:21, CSB: while the man silently watched her to see whether or not the Lord had made his journey a success.

What does Genesis 24:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant has come to a city in Mesopotamia named after one of Abraham's relatives (Genesis 22:20–23). His quest is to find a suitable wife for Abraham's son, Isaac (Genesis 24:3–4). To fulfill this request, the servant prayed that God would send a woman with a generous spirit. This would be shown if the servant asked for water, and a woman responded by offering to also bring water for his ten camels (Genesis 24:12–14).

As shown in this verse, God has answered the servant's request so quickly that he is left speechless. Or perhaps he is resisting the urge to decide too hastily that a wife has been found for his master's son. The fact that Rebekah arrived before he has even finished his prayer (Genesis 24:15) seems too good to be true. The servant is clearly loyal to Abraham, and he wants to be sure this is actually the right woman for his master's son. Had the Lord truly granted success in this quest so quickly? Is this really the girl God means for Isaac to marry?

Abraham's servant ponders this while Rebekah completes the lengthy process of carrying water, one jar at a time, to a trough until ten thirsty camels have had their fill.