Genesis 24:52 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:52, NIV: "When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD."

Genesis 24:52, ESV: "When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD."

Genesis 24:52, KJV: "And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth."

Genesis 24:52, NASB: "When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the LORD."

Genesis 24:52, NLT: "When Abraham's servant heard their answer, he bowed down to the ground and worshiped the LORD."

Genesis 24:52, CSB: "When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed to the ground before the LORD."

What does Genesis 24:52 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant again demonstrates his trust in the Lord, the God of Abraham. His mission to find a wife for Isaac among Abraham's relatives has been successful well beyond what he likely imagined. Within the space of a few hours, he has gone from asking the Lord to lead him to the woman appointed for Isaac (Genesis 24:12–15) to securing an agreement from Rebekah's family to allow her to travel with him back to Canaan for the marriage (Genesis 24:51).

The servant has acted in complete dependence on the Lord and now responds again by bowing before God in praise and worship for the success of his master's mission.

In a way, the servant's relationship with God comes very close to our own. Rarely do Christians experience the kind of visits from the Lord that Adam, Noah, and Abraham did. Most often, we bring to Him our requests, speaking to Him in our hearts (Genesis 24:45), and we take on faith that the circumstances that unfold include His direction to go one way or another. In looking back, we accept that the Lord has been leading us along the way to accomplish His will, especially as we have been in submission to Him.

That's certainly how Abraham's servant viewed his own interactions with the Lord.