Genesis 24:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:25, NIV: "And she added, 'We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night.'"

Genesis 24:25, ESV: "She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.”"

Genesis 24:25, KJV: "She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in."

Genesis 24:25, NASB: "Again she said to him, 'We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to stay overnight.'"

Genesis 24:25, NLT: "Yes, we have plenty of straw and feed for the camels, and we have room for guests.'"

Genesis 24:25, CSB: "She also said to him, "We have plenty of straw and feed and a place to spend the night.""

What does Genesis 24:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant has already seen a sign from God, in response to his prayer. After being sent to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac, among Abraham's family in Mesopotamia, the servant prays. In response to this prayer, Rebekah appears and fulfills the sign (Genesis 24:12–19). The servant then gives her lavish gifts, and asks about her family and possibly staying overnight with her father (Genesis 24:22–24). Her answer delights the servant—she is, indeed, part of the family Abraham wanted this man to contact.

In addition to her unknowing revelation that she is the granddaughter of Abraham's own brother, generous Rebekah adds that her family does indeed have room for this traveling stranger to spend the night. She even thinks of the camels, mentioning they have both straw and fodder enough to accommodate the beasts. Given the room for both men and animals, Rebekah's family apparently has some amount of wealth.

She stops short of offering to allow the company to stay with them. As a young women in her father's household, that would not be her role. Rather, Rebekah's answer indicates that her family can accommodate the servant and his entourage, not that they necessarily will.