Genesis 24:17
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New International Version
The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."

New Living Translation
Running over to her, the servant said, "Please give me a little drink of water from your jug."

English Standard Version
Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.”

Berean Study Bible
So the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me have a little water from your jar.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar."

King James Bible
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please let me have a little water from your jug."

Contemporary English Version
Abraham's servant ran to her and said, "Please let me have a drink of water."

Good News Translation
The servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a drink of water from your jar."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please let me have a little water from your jug."

International Standard Version
Then Abraham's servant ran to meet her and asked her, "Please, let me have a sip of water from your jug."

NET Bible
Abraham's servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a sip of water from your jug."

New Heart English Bible
The servant ran to meet her, and said, "Please give me a drink, a little water from your pitcher."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a drink of water."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the servant ran to meet her, and said: 'Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the slave ran to meet her and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

King James 2000 Bible
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray you, drink a little water of your pitcher.

American King James Version
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray you, drink a little water of your pitcher.

American Standard Version
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the servant ran to meet her, and said: Give me a little water to drink of thy pitcher.

Darby Bible Translation
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, sip a little water out of thy pitcher.

English Revised Version
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water from thy pitcher.

World English Bible
The servant ran to meet her, and said, "Please give me a drink, a little water from your pitcher."

Young's Literal Translation
And the servant runneth to meet her, and saith, 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher;'
Study Bible
Rebekah is Chosen
16Now the girl was very beautiful, a virgin who had not had relations with any man. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up again. 17So the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me have a little water from your jar.” 18“Drink, my lord,” she replied, and she quickly lowered her jar to her hands and gave him a drink.…
Cross References
John 4:7
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

Genesis 24:45
And before I had finished praying in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'

1 Kings 17:10
So Elijah got up and went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks. Elijah called to her and said, "Please bring me a little water in a cup, so that I may drink."

Treasury of Scripture

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Verses 17-19. - And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher (a request which was at once complied with). And she said, Drink (and with the utmost politeness), my lord (and with cheerful animation): and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. "Rebekah's address to the servant will be given you in the exact idiom by the first gentle Rebekah you ask water from; but I have never found any young lady so generous as this fair daughter of Bethuel" ('Thomson, Land and Book,' p. 592). And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking - thus proving that the kindly disposition within her bosom was "not simply the reflex of national customs, but the invisible sun beaming through her mind, and freely bringing forward the blossoms of sterling goodness" (Kalisch). And the servant ran to meet her,.... He did not stop her as she went to the well, but stayed till she had been there and filled her pitcher, and then he made all the haste he could to meet her, in order to have the sign and token answered he had requested, which could not be done until she returned:

and said, let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher; or taste a little of it, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan; or suffer me to swallow a little of it; for it was not so much to quench his thirst that he asked for this, for he could have got, and perhaps had had water out of the well before this time, or however could easily have supplied himself; but this was done to try whether she was the person, and whether her conduct and carriage would answer the token. Josephus (x) says, he asked other virgins and they refused him, for which churlishness Rebekah rebuked them, and gave him water liberally.

(x) Antiqu. l. 1. c. 16. sect. 2.24:10-28 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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