Genesis 24:4
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New International Version
but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."

New Living Translation
Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac."

English Standard Version
but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

New American Standard Bible
but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac."

King James Bible
But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but will go to my land and my family to take a wife for my son Isaac."

International Standard Version
Instead, you are to go to my country and to my family and acquire a wife for my son Isaac."

NET Bible
You must go instead to my country and to my relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, you will go to the land of my relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."

Jubilee Bible 2000
but thou shalt go unto my country and to my kindred and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

King James 2000 Bible
But you shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

American King James Version
But you shall go to my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son Isaac.

American Standard Version
But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But that thou go to my own country and kindred, and take a wife from thence for my son Isaac.

Darby Bible Translation
but thou shalt go to my land and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.

English Revised Version
but thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou shalt go to my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.

World English Bible
But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac."

Young's Literal Translation
but unto my land and unto my kindred dost thou go, and hast taken a wife for my son, for Isaac.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:1-9 The effect of good example, good teaching, and the worship of God in a family, will generally appear in the piety, faithfulness, prudence, and affection of the servants. To live in such families, or to have such servants, both are blessings from God which should be highly valued, and thankfully acknowledged. But no concern in life is of greater importance to ourselves, to others, or to the church of God, than marriage. It therefore ought always to be undertaken with much care and prudence, especially with reference to the will of God, and with prayer for his direction and blessing. Where good parents are not consulted and regarded, the blessing of God cannot be expected. Parents, in disposing of their children, should carefully consult the welfare of their souls, and their furtherance in the way to heaven. Observe the charge Abraham gave to a good servant, one whose conduct, faithfulness, and affection, to him and his family, he had long known. Observe also, that Abraham remembers that God had wonderfully brought him out of the land of his birth, by the call of his grace; and therefore doubts not but He will prosper his care, not to bring his son thither again. God will cause that to end in our comfort, in which we sincerely aim at his glory.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But thou shalt go unto my country,.... Not Canaan, which though his by promise, yet not in possession, but Mesopotamia, as appears from Genesis 24:10; which taken largely included the Chaldea, see Acts 7:2, the country where Abraham was born, and from whence he came:

and to my kindred; the family of Nahor his brother, which now dwelt at Haran in Mesopotamia, called the city of Nahor, Genesis 24:10; see Genesis 29:4; of the increase of whose family Abraham had heard a few years ago, Genesis 22:20,

and take a wife to my son Isaac; from among them, who though they were not clear of superstition and idolatry, yet they worshipped the true God with their "idols"; and a woman taken out of such a family, and removed at a distance from it, it might be reasonably concluded would be brought off of those things, and adhere to the pure and undefiled religion; and the rather this family was chosen, not only because related to Abraham, but because it had sprung from Shem, who was blessed of God, and whose God the Lord was; nearness of kin was no objection and hinderance to such a marriage, the laws relating to marriage not being given till the time of Moses.



Genesis 24:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wife for Isaac
3and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac." 5The servant said to him, "Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?"…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:15
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

Genesis 12:1
The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.

Genesis 24:5
The servant asked him, "What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?"

Genesis 28:1
So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: "Do not marry a Canaanite woman.

Judges 14:3
His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me."
Treasury of Scripture

But you shall go to my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son Isaac.

to my kindred.

Genesis 11:25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, …

Genesis 12:1,7 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Genesis 22:20-23 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, …

Genesis 28:2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father…

There does not appear in all this concern the least taint of worldly policy, or any of those motives which usually govern men in the settlement of their children. No mention is made of riches, or honours, or natural accomplishments, but merely of what related to God.--Fuller.

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