Genesis 24:39 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:39, NIV: "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'"

Genesis 24:39, ESV: "I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’"

Genesis 24:39, KJV: "And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me."

Genesis 24:39, NASB: "Then I said to my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not follow me.’"

Genesis 24:39, NLT: "'But I said to my master, 'What if I can't find a young woman who is willing to go back with me?'"

Genesis 24:39, CSB: "But I said to my master, 'Suppose the woman will not come back with me?'"

What does Genesis 24:39 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant is telling Rebekah and her family the reason for his arrival at their doorstep. Abraham has sent the servant back to his people to find a wife for his son Isaac (Genesis 24:3–4). The servant recalls challenging Abraham with the possibility that an eligible bride, once located, might not be willing to move away from her family to live in the land of Canaan with an unknown husband (Genesis 24:5–8).

He will share Abraham's response in the following verse.