GENESIS 24:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.”

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Genesis 24:16 Translation & Meaning

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And the damsel וְהַֽנַּעֲרָ֗ A girl (from infancy to adolescence) damsel
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
very מְאֹ֔ד Properly, vehemence, i.e., (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication, wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated) very
fair טֹבַ֤ת Good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well) fair
to look upon, מַרְאֶה֙ A view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision look upon
a virgin, בְּתוּלָ֕ה A virgin (from her privacy); sometimes (by continuation) a bride; also (figuratively) a city or state virgin
neither לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles neither
had any man וְאִ֖ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) any man
known יְדָעָ֑הּ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) known
her: and she went down וַתֵּ֣רֶד To descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications) down
to the well, הָעַ֔יְנָה An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) well
and filled וַתְּמַלֵּ֥א To fill or (intransitively) be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively) filled
her pitcher, כַדָּ֖הּ Properly, a pail; but generally of earthenware; a jar for domestic purposes pitcher
and came up. וַתָּֽעַל׃ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative came up

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  • 14  And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

  • 15  And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

  • 16  And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

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

  • 18  And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.




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