““So I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go successful; behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar”; and she will say to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”; let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’

      “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder,and said, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also. “Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him’; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists. “And I bowed low and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son.””  Gen. 24:42-48

When the servant recounts the events from the last few hours to Rebekah’s family, it paraphrases nearly identical aside from some extra details in a few places.

There is one passage that is different in a significant way, however.  In verse 22, we see that the servant actually gives Rebekah the nose ring and bracelets before he asks which family she is from.  When this part of the story is recounted to Laban and the mother in verse 47, the opposite happens; Rebekah is asked about her family first before the gifts are bestowed upon her.

It appears this initially happened in this way because the servant’s faith was so strong that God had guided him to the right woman that he knew before he asked.  As this might have seemed foolishness, or even sound suspicious to Laban, instead the more traditional explanation is given.

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