Genesis 24:21
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.

Berean Study Bible
Meanwhile, the man watched her silently to see whether or not the LORD had made his journey a success.

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.

New King James Version
And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Abraham's servant did not say a word, but he watched everything Rebekah did, because he wanted to know for certain if this was the woman the LORD had chosen.

Good News Translation
The man kept watching her in silence, to see if the LORD had given him success.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the man took great notice of her, and remained silent to know whether the Lord had made his way 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
20And she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran back to the well to draw water, until she had drawn water for all his camels. 21Meanwhile, the man watched her silently to see whether or not the LORD had made his journey a success. 22And after the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring weighing a beka, and two gold bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:12
"O LORD, God of my master Abraham," he prayed, "please grant me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

Genesis 24:20
And she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran back to the well to draw water, until she had drawn water for all his camels.

Genesis 24:27
saying, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not withheld His kindness and faithfulness from my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's kinsmen."

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 am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? …

Psalm 34:1-6
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth…

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

to wit.

Genesis 24:12,56
And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham…







Lexicon
Meanwhile, the man
וְהָאִ֥ישׁ (wə·hā·’îš)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

watched her
מִשְׁתָּאֵ֖ה (miš·tā·’êh)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7583: To stun, be astonished

silently
מַחֲרִ֕ישׁ (ma·ḥă·rîš)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise

to see
לָדַ֗עַת (lā·ḏa·‘aṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

whether
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

or not
לֹֽא׃ (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

the LORD
יְהוָ֛ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

had made his journey
דַּרְכּ֖וֹ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

a success.
הַֽהִצְלִ֧יחַ (ha·hiṣ·lî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6743: To push forward
(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. 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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