Genesis 24:38 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:38, NIV: "but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'"

Genesis 24:38, ESV: "but you shall go to my father’s house and to my clan and take a wife for my son.’"

Genesis 24:38, KJV: "But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son."

Genesis 24:38, NASB: "but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’"

Genesis 24:38, NLT: "Go instead to my father's house, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son.'"

Genesis 24:38, CSB: "but will go to my father's family and to my clan to take a wife for my son.'"

What does Genesis 24:38 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant is describing, in very precise detail, what has brought him to the household of Bethuel and his family. He is on a mission from Abraham to find a wife for Isaac. Isaac must not marry from among the women in Canaan (Genesis 24:3–4). Instead, Abraham sent the servant to the clan of Abraham's people, to his father's house, to find a worthy wife for his son.

This is likely the first moment in which Rebekah and her family begin to understand that the servant is here to raise the issue of marriage.