Genesis 24:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:7, NIV: "The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father's household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspring I will give this land'--he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there."

Genesis 24:7, ESV: "The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there."

Genesis 24:7, KJV: "The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence."

Genesis 24:7, NASB: "The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land’—He will send His angel ahead of you, and you will take a wife for my son from there."

Genesis 24:7, NLT: "For the LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son."

Genesis 24:7, CSB: "The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from my native land, who spoke to me and swore to me, 'I will give this land to your offspring'--he will send his angel before you, and you can take a wife for my son from there."

What does Genesis 24:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham is answering his servant's very valid question: what to do if he could not find a woman willing to move away from her family and live in the land of Canaan as Isaac's wife? Abraham insists that God will make it happen. More specifically, he is sure an angel of the Lord will intervene in such a way as to bring it to pass.

Where did Abraham's confidence that God would work in this way come from? He remembered that the Lord did the exact same thing in his own life. He came to Abraham in the land of his own people and took him from his father's house and promised to give the land of Canaan to his offspring (Genesis 12:1–7). If God did that in Abraham's life, the Lord would also do that in the life of this woman Isaac was meant to marry.

Abraham's confidence in God's ability to move people where He wanted them was based on the experience of God acting in his own life. We, too, can have confidence in God's ability to work in the circumstances of others as He has worked in ours.