Genesis 24:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:23, NIV: "Then he asked, 'Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?'"

Genesis 24:23, ESV: "and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”"

Genesis 24:23, KJV: "And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?"

Genesis 24:23, NASB: "and he said, 'Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to stay overnight at your father’s house?'"

Genesis 24:23, NLT: "'Whose daughter are you?' he asked. 'And please tell me, would your father have any room to put us up for the night?'"

Genesis 24:23, CSB: ""Whose daughter are you?" he asked. "Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?""

What does Genesis 24:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant has prayed that God would send a sign regarding the right woman to marry his master's son, Isaac (Genesis 24:12–14). The young woman who appeared before he had even finished this prayer (Genesis 24:15) immediately fulfilled this sign (Genesis 24:19). Abraham's servant then begins the marriage proposal process, by giving Rebekah very generous gifts of a gold ring and bracelets. These would have been worth thousands of dollars in modern times, so his gift is not only lavish, it would certainly have gotten Rebekah's attention.

The servant now asks if there might be room for him and his company to stay in her father's house for the night. After she has received his gifts, perhaps he hopes she will be more willing to extend further hospitality. The servant also asks who her father is. Her answer in the following verse will further confirm for him that the Lord has indeed arranged this encounter with Rebekah. His mission from Abraham was to find a wife from among Abraham's extended family in Mesopotamia (Genesis 24:3–4). Her answer confirms that God has, indeed, sent the right bride for Isaac.