Genesis 24:51 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:51, NIV: "Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed.'"

Genesis 24:51, ESV: "Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has spoken.”"

Genesis 24:51, KJV: "Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken."

Genesis 24:51, NASB: "Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has spoken.'"

Genesis 24:51, NLT: "Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed.'"

Genesis 24:51, CSB: "Rebekah is here in front of you. Take her and go, and let her be a wife for your master's son, just as the LORD has spoken.""

What does Genesis 24:51 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Laban and Bethuel, Rebekah's brother and father, have respond to the servant's urgent question about whether they would allow Rebekah to marry Isaac by saying, in essence, that it is not theirs to say. They have seen in the servant's story that this is the Lord's will. How could they disagree?

And now they say the words the servant has been longing to hear: Yes, take her and go. Let her be the wife of Abraham's son. The Lord has spoken. Rebekah's family reveals that they at least respected Abraham's God. They saw His will as necessary. They agreed to follow it, as the servant had described it.

Upcoming verses will show, however, that the prospect of Rebekah leaving so soon will become an issue. The family will try to negotiate a delay, which Abraham's servant cannot accept (Genesis 24:55–56).