Genesis 24:63 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:63, NIV: "He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching."

Genesis 24:63, ESV: "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming."

Genesis 24:63, KJV: "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming."

Genesis 24:63, NASB: "Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he raised his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming."

Genesis 24:63, NLT: "One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming."

Genesis 24:63, CSB: "In the early evening Isaac went out to walk in the field, and looking up he saw camels coming."

What does Genesis 24:63 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaac, 40, is now living in the Negeb region (Genesis 25:20). He surely knows that Abraham's servant has been sent to find him a wife from among his father's extended family (Genesis 24:3–4). On this evening, he goes out to meditate in a field. Scholars are not exactly sure what is meant by the word translated as "to meditate" here. The term is related to thoughtfulness and communication, but is only used here in the Bible. Was some form of meditation a regular discipline of Isaac's or was he just thinking through some things on his mind? We don't really know. The English term "meditate" is used to translate other Hebrew words used in a positive sense elsewhere in Scripture (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8), and is not the same as the modern concept espoused by eastern philosophies such as Buddhism.

In any case, Isaac looks up and sees the train of camels coming toward him. This is his first glimpse of Rebekah.