The girl was very beautiful in appearance, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the spring and filled her water jug, and came up. Bible see other translations

“had known her.” The word “know” is the common idiomatic word used for sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse gives the most intimate and personal “knowledge” of the other, so “know” was used throughout the biblical world as an idiom for sexual intercourse (cp. Gen. 4:1, 17, 25; 24:16; Matt. 1:25), which even included rape (Gen. 19:5; Judg. 19:25).

Commentary for: Genesis 24:16