Genesis 24:60 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:60, NIV: "And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, 'Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.'"

Genesis 24:60, ESV: "And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!”"

Genesis 24:60, KJV: "And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them."

Genesis 24:60, NASB: "And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, 'May you, our sister, Become thousands of ten thousands, And may your descendants possess The gate of those who hate them.'"

Genesis 24:60, NLT: "They gave her this blessing as she parted: 'Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies.'"

Genesis 24:60, CSB: "They blessed Rebekah, saying to her: Our sister, may you become thousands upon ten thousands. May your offspring possess the city gates of their enemies."

What does Genesis 24:60 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Upon her departure to travel to the land of Canaan to marry Isaac, Rebekah's family blessed her, their sister, with this poem that may have been a traditional type of wedding blessing for a bride. However, it includes very similar language to the Lord's promises of blessing to Abraham earlier in Genesis (Genesis 22:17).

Because of God's promises to Abraham, and because Rebekah would give birth to Jacob, the next in the covenant line of Israel, these blessings on her will absolutely come to pass. She will become, through her offspring, thousands of ten thousands, and her offspring will conquer their enemies, possessing the gates of their cities. Her son Jacob will be renamed Israel by God, making Rebekah—literally—the mother of God's chosen people.