Genesis 24:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:33, NIV: "Then food was set before him, but he said, 'I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.' 'Then tell us,' Laban said."

Genesis 24:33, ESV: "Then food was set before him to eat. But he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I have to say.” He said, “Speak on.”"

Genesis 24:33, KJV: "And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on."

Genesis 24:33, NASB: "But when food was set before him to eat, he said, 'I will not eat until I have stated my business.' And he said, 'Speak on.'"

Genesis 24:33, NLT: "Then food was served. But Abraham's servant said, 'I don't want to eat until I have told you why I have come.' 'All right,' Laban said, 'tell us.'"

Genesis 24:33, CSB: "A meal was set before him, but he said, "I will not eat until I have said what I have to say." So Laban said, "Please speak.""

What does Genesis 24:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

With the Lord's specific guidance and in answer to the prayers of Abraham's servant (Genesis 24:12–19), his company has arrived at the household of Rebekah, God's appointed wife for Isaac (Genesis 24:3–4). The servant and all with him, including the ten camels, have been shown warm hospitality. The camels have been made comfortable and fed. The men have washed their feet. Now we see that an evening meal has been prepared and set before them.

Abraham's servant, focused exclusively on fulfilling his master's mission, states that he will not eat until he presents what he has come to say. His host is perhaps surprised to learn the servant has an urgent message after what appeared to be a simple chance meeting with his daughter Rebekah at the well outside the city. Still, he urges the servant to speak.

In the verses that follow, the servant will tell Rebekah, her father, and her brother the entire story of how and why he has come to them.