Genesis 24:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:32, NIV: "So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet."

Genesis 24:32, ESV: "So the man came to the house and unharnessed the camels, and gave straw and fodder to the camels, and there was water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him."

Genesis 24:32, KJV: "And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him."

Genesis 24:32, NASB: "So the man entered the house. Then Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him."

Genesis 24:32, NLT: "So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw for their bedding, fed them, and provided water for the man and the camel drivers to wash their feet."

Genesis 24:32, CSB: "So the man came to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were given to the camels, and water was brought to wash his feet and the feet of the men with him."

What does Genesis 24:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant has recently discovered Rebekah, who seems to be the answer to his prayer (Genesis 24:12–19). That request was for God to show him the exact woman he ought to bring home as a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac (Genesis 24: 3–4).

After being warmly invited to stay at their household by Laban, Rebekah's brother, Abraham's servant arrives with his company of camels and servants. The passage provides some historical perspective on what that would look like. The camels would be unharnessed and provided food. All of the men are given the opportunity to wash their feet, which would have been quite filthy from a journey across the open country.

Though mere servants of a wealthy master, all of the men and animals in the company are treated properly, with respect and hospitality.