Genesis 24:50 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:50, NIV: "Laban and Bethuel answered, 'This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other."

Genesis 24:50, ESV: "Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good."

Genesis 24:50, KJV: "Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good."

Genesis 24:50, NASB: "Then Laban and Bethuel replied, 'The matter has come from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good."

Genesis 24:50, NLT: "Then Laban and Bethuel replied, 'The LORD has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say."

Genesis 24:50, CSB: "Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we have no choice in the matter."

What does Genesis 24:50 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After hearing the full story from Abraham's servant and then hearing his forceful question—will you show loving kindness and faithfulness to Abraham—Rebekah's brother and father quickly respond that the decision is not theirs to make, after all. The implication of their words is that if this from the Lord, it doesn't even matter what they might think, "bad or good." While this seems to be a positive response, in a way, it is not the end of the story. After the servant gives additional gifts and stays for the night (Genesis 24:52–53), the family will realize how quickly Rebekah will be gone, and try to negotiate for her to stay a while longer (Genesis 24:54–55).