Genesis 22:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 22:24, NIV: "His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah."

Genesis 22:24, ESV: "Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah."

Genesis 22:24, KJV: "And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah."

Genesis 22:24, NASB: "His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also gave birth to Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah."

Genesis 22:24, NLT: "Nahor had four other children from his concubine Reumah. Their names were Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah."

Genesis 22:24, CSB: "His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah."

What does Genesis 22:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In previous verses, Abraham learned that back in the land he left behind when God called him to enter Canaan, his brother Nahor had fathered eight children with his wife Milcah. One of the eight, Bethuel, became the father of Rebekah. Abraham's son Isaac would later marry Rebekah (Genesis 24). This is an important marriage, since Isaac and Rebekah will produce a son, Jacob, whom God will later rename Israel. This makes Isaac and Rebekah the grandparents of God's chosen people.

Now we learn that Nahor fathered an additional four children with Reumah, his concubine.

It's hard to miss that in the time it took Abraham to father two children, Ishmael and Isaac, his brother had fathered 12 offspring. We're not told how this news impacted Abraham. Was he excited for the expansion of the family line? Was he sad or discouraged? We don't know. We do know that he continued to trust God to keep His promises. The next chapter provides evidence of Abraham's confidence that the land of Canaan would become the land of his offspring.