Genesis 25:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:20, NIV: "and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean."

Genesis 25:20, ESV: "and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife."

Genesis 25:20, KJV: "And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian."

Genesis 25:20, NASB: "and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife."

Genesis 25:20, NLT: "When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean."

Genesis 25:20, CSB: "Isaac was forty years old when he took as his wife Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramean."

What does Genesis 25:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse summarizes the events of Genesis 24, in which Abraham's servant travelled to the land of his people to find a wife for Isaac. We now learn that Abraham's people are Aramean. This family lived in the town named for Abraham's brother Nahor (Genesis 22:20–24), which was in the northern Mesopotamian region of Paddan-aram. Rebekah's father Bethuel and brother Laban are mentioned specifically. Later, Jacob will travel to Paddan-aram and become associated with Rebekah's brother Laban.

Isaac married Rebekah when he was 40, about 35 years before the death of Abraham (Genesis 17:17; 25:7).