Genesis 24:43 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:43, NIV: "See, I am standing beside this spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, 'Please let me drink a little water from your jar,'"

Genesis 24:43, ESV: "behold, I am standing by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,”"

Genesis 24:43, KJV: "Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;"

Genesis 24:43, NASB: "behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the young unmarried woman who comes out to draw water, and to whom I say, 'Please let me drink a little water from your jar';"

Genesis 24:43, NLT: "See, I am standing here beside this spring. This is my request. When a young woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, 'Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.'"

Genesis 24:43, CSB: "I am standing here at a spring. Let the young woman who comes out to draw water, and I say to her, 'Please let me drink a little water from your jug,'"

What does Genesis 24:43 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant is describing to Rebekah and her family what he prayed to Abraham's God earlier that day when he arrived at the well outside of their town. He tells how he placed a kind of test on the Lord to find the right young woman; his choice of words here confirms that he is, as expected, seeking a "virgin" for Isaac. He will ask her to give him a little water to drink from her jar. If she responds in the way described in the following verse, the servant is asking the Lord to allow that young woman to be the one He has appointed for Isaac (Genesis 24:12–14).

As Rebekah listened to this story, the light must have begun to come on in her mind. She was the answer to the servant's prayer!