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Genesis 24:12-14 New English Translation (NET Bible)

12 He prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today.[a] Be faithful[b] to my master Abraham. 13 Here I am, standing by the spring,[c] and the daughters of the people[d] who live in the town are coming out to draw water. 14 I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’[e] In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master.”[f]


  1. Genesis 24:12 tn Heb “make it happen before me today.” Although a number of English translations understand this as a request for success in the task (cf. NASB, NIV, NRSV) it is more likely that the servant is requesting an omen or sign from God (v. 14).
  2. Genesis 24:12 tn Heb “act in loyal love with” or “show kindness to.”
  3. Genesis 24:13 tn Heb “the spring of water.”
  4. Genesis 24:13 tn Heb “the men.”
  5. Genesis 24:14 sn I will also give your camels water. It would be an enormous test for a young woman to water ten camels. The idea is that such a woman would not only be industrious but hospitable and generous.
  6. Genesis 24:14 tn Heb “And let the young woman to whom I say, ‘Lower your jar that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink and I will also give your camels water,’—her you have appointed for your servant, for Isaac, and by it I will know that you have acted in faithfulness with my master.”
New English Translation (NET)

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