Genesis 24:21
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New International Version
Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.

New Living Translation
The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the LORD had given him success in his mission.

English Standard Version
The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.

New American Standard Bible
Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.

King James Bible
And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
while the man silently watched her to see whether or not the LORD had made his journey a success.

International Standard Version
The man stared at her in silence, waiting to see whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.

NET Bible
Silently the man watched her with interest to determine if the LORD had made his journey successful or not.

New Heart English Bible
The man looked steadfastly at her, remaining silent, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man was silently watching her to see whether or not the LORD had made his trip successful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the man looked stedfastly on her; holding his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

New American Standard 1977
Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the man marveled at her in silence, to see whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.

King James 2000 Bible
And the man wondering at her held his peace, to learn whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

American King James Version
And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

American Standard Version
And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he musing beheld her with silence, desirous to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.

Darby Bible Translation
And the man was astonished at her, remaining silent, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.

English Revised Version
And the man looked stedfastly on her; holding his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the man, wondering at her, held his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous, or not.

World English Bible
The man looked steadfastly at her, remaining silent, to know whether Yahweh had made his journey prosperous or not.

Young's Literal Translation
And the man, wondering at her, remaineth silent, to know whether Jehovah hath made his way prosperous or not.
Study Bible
Rebekah is Chosen
20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not. 22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels in gold,…
Cross References
Genesis 24:12
He said, "O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.

Genesis 24:20
So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels.

Genesis 24:27
He said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master's brothers."
Treasury of Scripture

And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

wondering at.

2 Samuel 7:18-20 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who …

Psalm 34:1-6 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually …

Psalm 107:1,8,15,43 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever…

Psalm 116:1-7 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications…

Luke 2:19,51 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart…

to wit. i.e., 'to know,' or 'to learn.'.
the Lord.

Genesis 24:12,56 And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray you, send me …

(21) And the man wondering at her . . . --The verb is rare, and the LXX., Syr., and Vulg., followed by Gesenius and Frst, translate, "And the man gazed attentively at her, keeping silence, that he might know," &c. The servant, we may well believe, was astonished at the exactness and quickness with which his prayer was being answered, but this is not the point to which the rest of the verse refers; rather, it sets him before us as keenly observing all she said and did, and carefully coming to the conclusion that the comely and generous maiden was the destined bride of the son of his lord.

Verse 21. - And the man wondering at her - gazing with attention on her (LXX., Vulgate, Gesenius, Furst); amazed and astonished at her (Rosenmüller, Delitzsch, Keil, Lange, Calvin) - held his peace, to wit - i.e. that he might know - silence being the customary attitude for the soul in either expecting or receiving a Divine communication (cf. Leviticus 10:3; Psalm 39:2; Acts 11:18) - whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not. This inward rumination obviously took place while the whole scene was being enacted before his eyes - the beautiful young girl filling the water-troughs, and the thirsty camels sucking up the cooling drink. The loveliness of mind and body, both which he desired in Isaac's bride, was manifestly present in Rebekah; but still the questions remained to be determined, Was she one of Abraham's kindred, was she single? and would she follow him to Canaan? - points of moment to the solution of which he now proceeds. And the man wondering at her,.... At her affability and courteousness to a stranger; at her humility and condescension to take upon her such a service; at her readiness, diligence, and laboriousness in it; and the quick dispatch she made; and at her expressions and conduct being so exactly agreeable to the token he desired to have; and at the providence of God in bringing him to this place so seasonably; and at the damsel, that she should come just at this time, and every way answer his expectations and desires:

held his peace, to wit; or to know, to think and consider further with himself:

whether, or "if"

the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not; or if not; he was musing and saying within himself, surely God had made his journey prosperous; or if not, how was it that such strange surprising circumstances should occur? or what else must be done by him? or what methods must be taken for the future. 24:10-28 Abraham's servant devoutly acknowledged God. We have leave to be particular in recommending our affairs to the care of Divine providence. He proposes a sign, not that he intended to proceed no further, if not gratified in it; but it is a prayer that God would provide a good wife for his young master; and that was a good prayer. She should be simple, industrious, humble, cheerful, serviceable, and hospitable. Whatever may be the fashion, common sense, as well as piety, tells us, these are the proper qualifications for a wife and mother; for one who is to be a companion to her husband, the manager of domestic concerns, and trusted to form the minds of children. When the steward came to seek a wife for his master, he did not go to places of amusement and sinful pleasure, and pray that he might meet one there, but to the well of water, expecting to find one there employed aright. He prayed that God would please to make his way in this matter plain and clear before him. Our times are in God's hand; not only events themselves, but the times of them. We must take heed of being over-bold in urging what God should do, lest the event should weaken our faith, rather than strengthen it. But God owned him by making his way clear. Rebekah, in all respects, answered the characters he sought for in the woman that was to be his master's wife. When she came to the well, she went down and filled her pitcher, and came up to go home with it. She did not stand to gaze upon the strange man his camels, but minded her business, and would not have been diverted from it but by an opportunity of doing good. She did not curiously or confidently enter into discourse with him, but answered him modestly. Being satisfied that the Lord had heard his prayer, he gave the damsel some ornaments worn in eastern countries; asking at the same time respecting her kindred. On learning that she was of his master's relations, he bowed down his head and worshipped, blessing God. His words were addressed to the Lord, but being spoken in the hearing of Rebekah, she could perceive who he was, and whence he came.
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