Genesis 24:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:22, NIV: "When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels."

Genesis 24:22, ESV: "When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,"

Genesis 24:22, KJV: "And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;"

Genesis 24:22, NASB: "When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels in gold,"

Genesis 24:22, NLT: "Then at last, when the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two large gold bracelets for her wrists."

Genesis 24:22, CSB: "As the camels finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing half a shekel, and for her wrists two bracelets weighing ten shekels of gold."

What does Genesis 24:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant prayed for a sign from God to help him complete his mission to find Abraham's son, Isaac, a wife (Genesis 24:3–4). Before that prayer had even been completed, Rebekah appeared and fulfilled the exact request made by the servant (Genesis 24:12–19).

Apparently convinced that God has led him to Rebekah as a potential bride for Isaac, Abraham's servant takes the next steps in making the proposal, to secure her as a wife for his master's son. He starts by giving her very generous gifts of a gold ring and two bracelets. The weight of these items communicates their value. A half-shekel, also referred to as a beka, was about 1/5 ounces. These gifts, weighing more than 4 ounces, would have been worth thousands of dollars, in their modern equivalent.

Rebekah may have assumed that the servant was repaying her act of generosity in watering his camels. She doesn't know that he is beginning negotiations for her hand in marriage by the giving of gifts and demonstrating just how wealthy his master is.