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

“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