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    GENESIS 24

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      1  Abraham swears his servant.
    10  The servant's journey.
    12  His prayer.
    14  His sign.
    15  Rebekah meets him;
    18  fulfils his sign;
    22  receives jewels;
    23  shows her kindred;
    25  and invites him home.
    26  The servant blesses God.
    29  Laban entertains him.
    34  The servant shows his message.
    50  Laban and Bethuel approve it.
    58  Rebekah consents to go, and departs.
    62  Isaac meets and marries her.
    
    
    VERSE 1
    - was old.
       * Ge 18:11; 21:5; 25:20 1Ki 1:1 Lu 1:7
    - well stricken in age.  Heb. gone into days.  blessed.
       * :35
       * Ge 12:2; 13:2; 49:25 Ps 112:1-3 Pr 10:22 Isa 51:2 Mt 6:33 Ga 3:9
       * Eph 1:3 1Ti 4:8
    
    
    VERSE 2 
     - eldest.
       * Ge 15:2 1Ti 5:17
    - ruled.
       * :10; 39:4-6,8,9; 44:1
    - Put.
       * :9; 47:29 1Ch 29:24
    
    
    VERSE 3 
     - swear.
       * Ge 21:23; 26:28-31; 31:44-53; 50:25 Ex 20:7; 22:11; 23:13 Le 19:12
       * Nu 5:21 De 6:13; 10:20 Jos 2:12 1Sa 20:17 Ne 13:25 Isa 45:23
       * Isa 48:1; 65:16 Jer 4:2; 12:16 Zep 1:5 Heb 6:16
    - the.
       * Ge 14:22 2Ki 19:15 2Ch 2:12 Ne 9:6 Ps 115:15 Jer 10:11
    - that.
       * Ge 6:2,4; 26:34,35; 27:46; 28:1,2,8 Ex 34:16 De 7:3,4 1Co 7:39
       * 2Co 6:14-17
    
    
    VERSE 4 
     - to my kindred.
       * Ge 11:25 *etc:
       * Ge 12:1,7; 22:20-23; 28:2
    - There does not appear in all this concern the least taint of
      worldly policy, or any of those motives which usually govern
      men in the settlement of their children.  No mention is made
      of riches, or honors, or natural accomplishments, but merely
      of what related to God.--Fuller.
    
    
    VERSE 5 
     - Peradventure.
       * :58 Ex 20:7; 9:2 Pr 13:16 Jer 4:2
    
    VERSE 6
        * Ga 5:1 Heb 10:39; 11:9,13-16 2Pe 2:20-22
    
    
    VERSE 7 
     - Lord.
       * Ezr 1:2 Da 2:44 Jon 1:9 Re 11:13
    - took.
       * Ge 12:1-7
    - which spake.
       * Ge 13:15; 15:18; 17:8; 22:16-18; 26:3,4,24 Ex 13:5; 32:13 Nu 14:16,30
       * Nu 32:11 De 1:8; 34:4 Jos 1:6 Jud 2:1 Ac 7:5 Heb 11:9
    - angel.
       * Ex 23:20-23; 33:2 Ps 32:8; 34:7; 73:24; 103:20 Pr 3:5,6 Isa 63:9
       * Heb 1:14
    
    
    VERSE 8 
     - clear.
       * Nu 30:5,8 Jos 2:17-20; 9:20 Joh 8:32
    - only.
       * :4,5,6 Ac 7:2
    
    VERSE 9
    
    
    VERSE 10 
     - for.  or, and.  all the.
       * :2; 39:4-6,8,9,22,23
    - Mesopotamia.
       * De 23:4 Jud 3:8-10 1Ch 19:6 Ac 2:9
    - city.
       * Ge 11:31; 27:43; 29:1,4,5
    
    
    VERSE 11 
     - kneel.
       * Ge 33:13,14 Pr 12:10
    - women go out to draw water.  Heb. women which draw water go
      forth.  ver.
       * :13-20 Ex 2:16 1Sa 9:11 Joh 4:7
    
    
    VERSE 12 
     - O Lord.
       * :27; 15:1; 17:7,8; 26:24; 28:13; 31:42; 32:9 Ex 3:6,15 1Ki 18:36
       * 2Ki 2:14 Mt 22:32
    - I pray.
       * Ge 27:10; 43:14 Ne 1:11; 2:4 Ps 37:5; 90:16,17; 118:25; 122:6; 127:1
       * Pr 3:6 Php 4:6 1Th 3:10,11
    
    
    VERSE 13 
     - I stand.
       * :43 Ps 37:5 Pr 3:6
    - daughters.
       * :11; 29:9,10 Ex 2:16 Jud 5:11 1Sa 9:11 Joh 4:7
    
    
    VERSE 14 
     - And let.
       * Jud 6:17,37 1Sa 14:9
    - she that.
       * :44 Pr 19:14
    - thereby.
       * Ge 15:8 Ex 4:1-9 Jud 6:17,37; 7:13-15; 18:5 1Sa 6:7-9; 10:2-10
       * 1Sa 14:8,10; 20:7 2Sa 5:24; 20:9 2Ki 20:8-11 Isa 7:11 Ro 1:10
    
    
    VERSE 15 
     - before.
       * :45 Jud 6:36-40 Ps 34:15; 65:2; 145:18,19 Isa 58:9; 65:24
       * Da 9:20-23
    - Rebekah.
       * :24; 22:20-23
    - Milcah.
       * Ge 11:27,29; 22:23
    - pitcher.
       * Ge 21:14; 29:9 Ex 2:16 Ru 2:2,17 Pr 31:27
    
    
    VERSE 16 
     - fair to look upon.  Heb. good of countenance.
       * Ge 26:7; 39:6
    - known.
       * Ge 4:1 Nu 31:17,18 So 5:2
    
    
    VERSE 17 
     - Let.
       * 1Ki 17:10 Joh 4:7,9
    - water of.
       * Ge 26:1-35 Isa 21:14; 30:25; 35:6,7; 41:17,18; 49:10
    
    VERSE 18
        * Pr 31:26 1Pe 3:8; 4:8,9
    
    VERSE 19
        * :14,45,46 1Pe 4:9
    
    VERSE 20
    
    
    VERSE 21 
     - wondering at.
       * 2Sa 7:18-20 Ps 34:1-6; 107:1,8,15,43; 116:1-7 Lu 2:19,51
    - to wit. i.e., 'to know,' or 'to learn.'.
    - the Lord.
       * :12,56
    
    
    VERSE 22 
     - took.
       * :30 Ex 32:2,3 Es 5:1 Jer 2:32 1Ti 2:9,10 1Pe 3:3,8
    - earring.  or, jewel for the forehead.
       * Ex 32:2,3 Isa 3:19-23 Eze 16:11,12
    - From the word being in the singular number, it is not likely
      to have been an ear-ring, or a 'jewel for the forehead,' but
      'a jewel for the nose, a nose-ring,' which is in use
      throughout Arabia and Persia, particularly among young women.
      It is very properly translated [epirrinon,] 'an ornament for
      the nose,' by Symmachus; and Sir John Chardin informs us, that
      'it is a custom in almost all the East, for the women to wear
      rings in their noses, in the left nostril, which is bored low
      down in the middle.  These rings are of gold, and have
      commonly two pearls and one ruby between, placed in the ring.
      I never saw a girl or young woman in Arabia or in all Persia,
      who did not wear a ring after this manner in her nostril.'
    
    - of half.
       * Ge 23:15,16
    - bracelets.
      The word rendered 'bracelet,' from a root which signifies 'to
      join or couple together,' may imply whatever may clasp round
      the arms and legs; for rings and ornaments are worn round both
      by females in India and Persia.  The small part of the leg,
      and the whole arm, from the shoulder to the wrist, are
      generally decorated in this way.  As these were given to
      Rebekah for 'her hands,' it sufficiently distinguishes them
      from similar ornaments for the ankles.
    
    VERSE 23
        * :23
    
    VERSE 24
        * :15; 11:29; 22:20,23
    
    VERSE 25
        * Ge 18:4-8 Jud 19:19-21 Isa 32:8 1Pe 4:9
    
    VERSE 26
        * :48,52; 22:5 Ex 4:31; 12:27; 34:8 1Ch 29:20 2Ch 20:18; 29:30 Ne 8:6
       * Ps 22:29; 66:4; 72:9; 95:6 Mic 6:6 Php 2:10
    
    
    VERSE 27 
     - Blessed.
       * :12; 9:26; 14:20 Ex 18:10 Ru 4:14 1Sa 25:32,39 2Sa 18:28
       * 1Ch 29:10-13 Ps 68:19; 72:18,19 Lu 1:68 Eph 1:3 1Ti 1:17
    - of his.
       * Ge 32:10 Ps 98:3; 100:5 Mic 7:20 Joh 1:17
    - the Lord.
       * :48 Pr 3:6; 4:11-13; 8:20
    - of my.
       * :4; 13:8 Ex 2:11,13
    
    
    VERSE 28 
     - of.
       * :48,55,67; 31:33
    - her mother's.
      Some have conjectured from this, that her father Bethuel was
      dead; and the person called Bethuel, (ver. 50,) was a younger
      brother.  This is possible; but as Dr. A. Clarke remarks, the
      mother's house might be mentioned were even the father alive;
      for in Asiatic countries, the women have apartments entirely
      separate from those of the men, in which their little children
      and grown-up daughters reside with them.  This was probably
      the case here; though, from the whole narrative, it is very
      probable that Bethuel was dead, as the whole business appears
      to be conducted by Rebekah's brothers.
    
    VERSE 29
        * :55,60; 29:5
    
    VERSE 30
    
    
    VERSE 31 
     - thou.
       * Ge 26:29 Jud 17:2 Ru 3:10 Ps 115:15 Pr 17:8; 18:16
    - for I.
       * :25
    
    
    VERSE 32 
     - he ungirded.  i.e., Laban ungirded.  straw.
      Straw, by the eastern mode of threshing, was cut or shattered,
      and reduced to a kind of chaff.  With this, sometimes mixed
      with a little barley, the eastern people still feed their
      laboring beasts, as they anciently did.
    
    - wash.
       * Ge 18:4; 19:2; 43:24 Jud 19:21 1Sa 25:41 Lu 7:44 Joh 13:4-14
       * 1Ti 5:10
    
    VERSE 33
        * Job 23:12 Ps 132:3-5 Pr 22:29 Ec 9:10 Joh 4:14,31-34 Eph 6:5-8
       * 1Ti 6:2
    
    VERSE 34
    
    
    VERSE 35 
     - the Lord.
       * :1; 12:2; 13:2; 25:11; 26:12; 49:25 Ps 18:35; 112:3 Pr 10:22; 22:4
       * 1Ti 4:8
    - flocks.
       * Ge 12:16; 13:2; 26:13,14 Job 1:3; 42:10-12 Ps 107:38 Mt 6:33
    
    
    VERSE 36 
     - Sarah.
       * Ge 11:29,30; 17:15-19; 18:10-14; 21:1-7 Ro 4:19
    - unto.
       * Ge 21:10; 25:5
    
    
    VERSE 37 
     - And my.
       * :2-9; 6:2; 27:46 Ezr 9:1-3
    - Canaanites.
      The Canaanites were infected with gross idolatry; and
      consequently, not proper persons with whom to form so intimate
      a connection; especially as Jehovah had shown Abraham that they
      were filling up the measure of their iniquity, and were doomed
      to destruction.
    
    
    VERSE 38 
     - But.
       * :4; 12:1
    - my father's.
      i.e., where the family of Haran his brother had settled; and
      where he himself had remained some time with his father Terah.
      Nahor did not dwell at Ur of the Chaldees, but at Haran in
      Mesopotamia.  The true worship of God seems to have been in
      some measure preserved in this family, though afterwards
      corrupted.
    
    - See
       * Ge 31:19
    
    VERSE 39
        * :5
    - Peradventure.
      We may see, says Calmet, by this and other passages of
      Scripture, (Jos. 18 9:18,) what the sentiments of the ancients
      were relative to an oath.  They believed that they were bound
      precisely by what was spoken, and had no liberty to interpret
      the intentions of those by whom the oath was made.
    
    
    VERSE 40 
     - And he.
       * :7
    - before.
       * Ge 5:22,24; 6:9; 17:1; 48:15 1Ki 2:3; 8:23 2Ki 20:3 Ps 16:8
    - will.
       * :7 Ex 23:20; 33:2 Ps 1:3; 91:11 Da 3:28 Heb 1:14 Re 22:8,16
    
    VERSE 41
        * :8 De 29:12
    
    
    VERSE 42 
     - O Lord.
       * :12-14 Ac 10:7,8,22
    - prosper.
       * :12,31; 39:3 Ezr 8:21 Ne 1:11 Ps 37:5; 90:17 Ro 1:10
    
    VERSE 43
        * :13,14
    
    
    VERSE 44 
     - Both.
       * Isa 32:8 1Ti 2:10 Heb 13:2 1Pe 3:8
    - the woman.
       * :14; 2:22 Pr 16:33; 18:22; 19:14
    - appointed.
      Those events, which appear to us the effect of choice,
      contrivance, or chance, are matters of appointment with God;
      and the persuasion of this does not prevent, but rather
      encourage, the use of all proper means; at the same time that
      it confines us to proper means, and delivers the mind from
      useless anxiety about consequences.
    
    
    VERSE 45 
     - before.
       * :15-20 Isa 58:9; 65:24 Da 9:19,23 Ac 4:24-33; 10:30; 12:12-17
       * Mt 7:7
    - speaking.
       * 1Sa 1:13-15 2Sa 7:27 Ne 2:4 Ro 8:26
    
    VERSE 46
    
    
    VERSE 47 
     - I put.
       * :22,53 Ps 45:9,13,14 Isa 62:3-5 Eze 16:10-13 Eph 5:26,27
    
    
    VERSE 48 
     - bowed.
       * :26,27,52
    - led me.
       * :27; 22:23 Ex 18:20 Ezr 8:21 Ps 32:8; 48:14; 107:7 Pr 3:5,6; 4:11
       * Isa 48:17
    
    
    VERSE 49 
     - now if.
       * Ge 47:29 Jos 2:14
    - deal kindly and truly.  Heb. do mercy and truth.
       * Ge 32:10 Pr 3:3
    - that I.
       * Nu 20:17 De 2:27
    
    
    VERSE 50 
     - Laban.
      These seem both to be brothers, of whom Laban was the eldest
      and chief:  the opinion of Josephus appears to be very
      correct, that Bethuel, the father, had been dead some time.
    
    - See
       * :15,28,53,55,60
    - The thing.
       * Ps 118:23 Mt 21:42 Mr 12:11
    - we.
       * Ge 31:24,29 2Sa 13:22 Ac 11:17
    
    
    VERSE 51 
     - Rebekah.
       * Ge 20:15
    - hath.
       * :15 2Sa 16:10
    
    
    VERSE 52 
     - worshipped.
       * :26,48 1Ch 29:20 2Ch 20:18 Ps 34:1,2; 95:6; 107:21,22; 116:1,2
       * Mt 2:11 Ac 10:25,26
    
    
    VERSE 53 
     - jewels.  Heb. vessels.
      The original word denotes vessels, utensils, instruments,
      furniture, or dress; and these presented by Abraham's servant
      might have been of various kinds.
    
       * Ex 3:22; 11:2; 12:35
    - brother.
      No mention is made of her father.
    
    - precious.
      This term, rendered 'precious things,' as may be seen in the
      parallel texts, is used to express exquisite fruits or
      delicacies, and precious plants or flowers:  but here it may
      mean gifts in general, though rather of an inferior kind to
      those mentioned above.
    
       * De 33:13-16 2Ch 21:3 Ezr 1:6 So 4:13 Isa 39:2
    
    
    VERSE 54 
     - Send me.
       * :56,59; 28:5,6; 45:24 2Sa 18:19,27,28 Pr 22:29 Ec 7:10
       * Lu 8:38,39
    
    
    VERSE 55 
     - a few days.  or, a full year, or ten months.
       * Ge 4:3 Le 25:29 Jud 14:8
    
    
    VERSE 56 
     - Hinder.
       * Ge 45:9-13 Pr 25:25
    - prospered.
       * Jos 1:8 Isa 48:15
    
    VERSE 57
        * :57
    
    VERSE 58
        * Ps 45:10,11 Lu 1:38
    
    
    VERSE 59 
     - their.
       * :50,53,60
    - nurse.
       * Ge 35:8 Nu 11:12 1Th 2:5
    
    
    VERSE 60 
     - they.
       * Ge 1:28; 9:1; 14:19; 17:16; 28:3; 48:15,16,20 Ru 4:11,12
    - be thou the mother.
      Or, 'be thou for thousands of myriads;' a large family being
      always considered, in ancient times, as a proof of the
      peculiar blessing and favor of God.
    
    - thousands.
       * Da 7:10
    - thy seed.  See on ch.
       * Ge 22:17 Le 25:46 De 21:19
    
    
    VERSE 61 
     - they rode.
       * Ge 31:34 1Sa 30:17 Es 8:10,14
    - followed.
       * Ge 2:24 Ps 45:10
    
    
    VERSE 62 
     - Lahai-roi.
       * Ge 16:14; 25:11
    - south.
       * Ge 12:9
    
    
    VERSE 63 
     - to meditate.  or, to pray.
      They who acknowledge God in all their ways, will find him
      present to direct their paths, and make their way prosperous;
      and when the prayer of faith meets with an immediate answer,
      the glory ought as speedily to be rendered to God in solemn
      praise and thanksgiving.
    
       * Jos 1:8 Ps 1:2; 77:11,12; 104:34; 119:15; 139:17,18; 143:5,6
    
    
    VERSE 64 
     - lighted.
       * Jos 15:18 Jud 1:14
    
    
    VERSE 65 
     - a vail.
       * Ge 20:16 1Co 11:5,6,10 1Ti 2:9
    
    VERSE 66
        * Mr 6:30
    
    
    VERSE 67 
     - his mother.
       * Ge 18:6,9,10 So 8:2 Isa 54:1-5
    - Sarah's tent.
      Sarah, being dead, her tent, which, according to the custom of
      the east, was distinct from that of Abraham, became now
      appropriated to the use of Rebekah.
    
    - and took.
       * Ge 2:22-24 2Co 11:1,2 Eph 5:22-33
    - comforted.
       * Ge 37:35; 38:12 1Th 4:13,15
    
    
    
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