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

Genesis 24:24, NIV: "She answered him, 'I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.'"

Genesis 24:24, ESV: "She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.”"

Genesis 24:24, KJV: "And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor."

Genesis 24:24, NASB: "She said to him, 'I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.'"

Genesis 24:24, NLT: "'I am the daughter of Bethuel,' she replied. 'My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah."

Genesis 24:24, CSB: "She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.""

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

A servant sent by Abraham has spoken with Rebekah at a well in Mesopotamia. This encounter came after the servant was commanded by Abraham to find a wife suitable for Isaac, his son, among Abraham's extended family. The servant's prayer for a sign (Genesis 24:12–14) was answered immediately (Genesis 24:15–19). And so, he offered lavish gifts to Rebekah in order to begin the process of convincing her to come back to Canaan, in order to marry Isaac. First, though, the servant wants to be sure that this woman is actually part of the family Abraham has asked him to contact.

As we will see in the following verses, Rebekah's answer to the question about who her father is provides a great surprise and delight for Abraham's servant. More, it is even further confirmation that God has arranged the whole encounter. The Lord has led the servant directly to the girl he intends for Isaac to marry.

Rebekah replies that her father is Bethuel, the son of Nahor and Milcah. The servant apparently knew his master's history well since he recognized these names. Nahor was Abraham's brother. Milcah was the daughter of another brother. Abraham had received word of the birth of Bethuel and Nahor's other children, as recorded in Genesis 22:20–24.