“Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:”
King James Version (KJV)
24:11 He made his camels kneel down - Perhaps to unload them.
24:12 Send me good speed this day - We have leave to be particular in recommending our affairs to the care of Divine providence. Those that would have good speed must pray for it this day, in this affair. Thus we must, in all our ways acknowledge God.
24:14 Let it come to pass - He prays God, that be would please to make his way plain and clear before him, by the concurrence of minute circumstances in his favour. It is the comfort, as well as the belief, of a good man, that God's providence extends itself to the smallest occurrences, and admirably serves its own purposes by them. And it is our wisdom, in all our affairs, to follow providence. Yea, it is very desirable, and that which we may lawfully pray for, while, in the general, we set God's will before us as our rule, that he will, by hints of providence, direct us in the way of our duty, and give us indications what his mind is. Thus he guides his people with his eye, and leads them in a plain path.
24:15 And before he had done speaking, behold Rebekah came out - Who in all respects, answered the characters he wished for in the woman that was to be his master's wife, handsome and healthful, humble and industrious, courteous and obliging to a stranger. And providence so ordered it, that she did that which exactly answered his sign. She not only gave him drink, but, which was more than could have been expected, she offered her service to give his camels drink, which was the very sign he proposed. God, in his providence, doth sometimes wonderfully own the prayer of faith, and gratify the innocent desires of his praying people even in little things, that he may shew the extent of his care, and may encourage them at all times, to seek him, and trust in him; yet we must take heed of being over bold in prescribing to God, lest the event should weaken our faith rather than strengthen it. And the concurrence of providences, and their minute circumstances, for the furtherance of our success in any business, ought to be particularly observed with wonder and thankfulness to the glory of God. We have been wanting to ourselves both in duty and comfort, by neglecting to observe providence.
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the Citie come out to draw water:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water;
- New American Standard Version (1995)
Behold, I am standing by the fountain of water. And the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
- American Standard Version (1901)
See, I am waiting here by the water-spring; and the daughters of the town are coming out to get water:
- Basic English Bible
Behold, I stand [here] by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water.
- Darby Bible
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
- Webster's Bible
Behold, I am standing by the spring of water. The daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
- World English Bible
lo, I am standing by the fountain of water, and daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water;
- Youngs Literal Bible
Behold, I stand by the fountain of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible