Genesis 24:57 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:57, NIV: Then they said, 'Let's call the young woman and ask her about it.'

Genesis 24:57, ESV: They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.”

Genesis 24:57, KJV: And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.

Genesis 24:57, NASB: And they said, 'We will call the young woman and ask her.'

Genesis 24:57, NLT: 'Well,' they said, 'we'll call Rebekah and ask her what she thinks.'

Genesis 24:57, CSB: So they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her opinion."

What does Genesis 24:57 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Rebekah's father and brother had agreed to allow her to marry Isaac, to go with Abraham's servant back to the land of Canaan to settle there (Genesis 24:3–4; 51). They had, however, requested that she be allowed to stay with them for another ten days or so before leaving (Genesis 24:55). They know full well that this is a one-way trip; Rebekah will not be making visits back to Mesopotamia, but will be moving permanently to her new family.

Abraham's servant insisted on not being delayed. He felt they needed to leave right away. Now for the first time, Rebekah is allowed a say in the matter. The family suggests they ask her if she is willing to go with Abraham's servant so quickly. It's possible they presumed that Rebekah would agree with them about waiting a few days before her departure. If she didn't want to go just yet, it would be difficult for Abraham's servant to compel them to make her leave with him so soon.