Genesis 24:50
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New International Version
Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.

New Living Translation
Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "The LORD has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say.

English Standard Version
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good.

New American Standard Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good.

King James Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we have no choice in the matter.

International Standard Version
"Since this has come from the LORD," Laban and Bethuel both replied, "we cannot speak one way or another.

NET Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "This is the LORD's doing. Our wishes are of no concern.

New Heart English Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel answered, "The thing proceeds from the LORD. We can't speak to you bad or good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD. We can't say anything to you one way or another.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said: 'The thing proceedeth from the LORD; we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

New American Standard 1977
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from the LORD; we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from the LORD: we cannot speak unto you bad or good.

American King James Version
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from the LORD: we cannot speak to you bad or good.

American Standard Version
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from Jehovah. We cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Laban and Bathuel answered: The word hath proceeded from the Lord, we cannot speak any other thing to thee but his pleasure.

Darby Bible Translation
And Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from Jehovah: we cannot speak to thee bad or good.

English Revised Version
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Laban and Bethuel answered, and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak to thee bad or good.

World English Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel answered, "The thing proceeds from Yahweh. We can't speak to you bad or good.

Young's Literal Translation
And Laban answereth -- Bethuel also -- and they say, 'The thing hath gone out from Jehovah; we are not able to speak unto thee bad or good;
Study Bible
Rebekah is Chosen
49"So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left." 50Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51"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."…
Cross References
Mark 12:11
This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"

Genesis 24:51
"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 31:24
God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream of the night and said to him, "Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad."

Genesis 31:29
"It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Be careful not to speak either good or bad to Jacob.'

Psalm 118:23
This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from the LORD: we cannot speak to you bad or good.

Laban. These seem both to be brothers, of whom Laban was the eldest and chief: the opinion of Josephus appears to be very correct, that Bethuel, the father, had been dead some time.

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Genesis 24:15,28,53,55,60 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah …

The thing.

Psalm 118:23 This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone …

Mark 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

we.

Genesis 31:24,29 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to …

2 Samuel 13:22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for …

Acts 11:17 For as much then as God gave them the like gift as he did to us, …

(50) Laban and Bethuel.--See Note on Genesis 24:28. Even when thus tardily mentioned, the father is placed after the brother; and of this we need look for no further explanation than that by polygamy the father was estranged from his own children, while each separate family held very closely together. Thus when Dinah was wronged, it was two of her mother's sons, Simeon and Levi, who avenged her (Genesis 34:13-25); and so it was Absalom who avenged Tamar (2Samuel 13:22). Still, Bethuel's consent was finally necessary; but as soon as it was given all active arrangements were left to the mother and Laban (Genesis 24:53-55), and Bethuel is mentioned no more.

Verses 50-52. - Then Laban and Bethuel (vide on ver. 29) answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord: - Jehovah (vide on ver. 31) - we cannot speak unto thee bad or good - i.e. they could not demur to a proposal so clearly indicated by Divine providence; a proof of the underlying piety of those descendants of Nahor. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, - that the consent of the maiden is not asked was not owing to the fact that, according to ancient custom, Oriental women were at the absolute disposal, in respect of marriage, of their parents and elder brothers (Bush), but to the circumstance that already it had been tacitly given by her acceptance of the bridal presents (Kalisch), or, from her amiable and pious disposition, might be taken for granted, since she, no more than they, would resist the clearly-revealed will of Jehovah (Lange, Wordsworth) - and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken. Words which again kindled the flame of reverential piety in the old man's heart, so that he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth - literally, he prostrated himself to the earth to Jehovah (cf. ver. 26). Then Laban and Bethuel answered,.... The order of the words in the original is, "then answered Laban and Bethuel"; the word for "answered" is in the singular number, from whence it may be concluded, that Laban gave the answer in the name of Bethuel, he consenting to it, who might be an old man, and left the management of his family affairs to his son, who, Aben Ezra thinks, excelled his father in wisdom and honour; but Jarchi represents him as a wicked and impudent man, who took upon him to speak before his father: but some have thought that this Bethuel was not old Bethuel, the father of Rebekah, but young Bethuel his son, the younger brother of Laban and Rebekah, their father Bethuel being dead, as Josephus says, before observed; and this seems to be countenanced by Genesis 24:59, where they are represented as blessing Rebekah, and calling her their sister:

and said, the thing proceedeth from the Lord: that Rebekah should be given to Isaac, as the Targum of Jonathan adds: this matter appears to be according to his will and pleasure, he seems to have appointed it in his decree, and to be bringing it about by his providence; for these men, though they were in part idolaters yet had some good notions of the true God, and of his government of the world, and of his ordering all things in it according to the counsel of his will:

we cannot speak unto thee good or bad; cannot deny the request; the thing was so plain that they had not anything to object to it. 50. Then Laban and Bethuel answered—The brothers conduct all the marriage negotiations, their father being probably dead, and without consulting their sister. Their language seems to indicate they were worshippers of the true God.24:29-53 The making up of the marriage between Isaac and Rebekah is told very particularly. We are to notice God's providence in the common events of human life, and in them to exercise prudence and other graces. Laban went to ask Abraham's servant in, but not till he saw the ear-ring, and bracelet upon his sister's hands. We know Laban's character, by his conduct afterwards, and may think that he would not have been so free to entertain him, if he had not hoped to be well rewarded for it. The servant was intent upon his business. Though he was come off a journey, and come to a good house, he would not eat till he had told his errand. The doing our work, and the fulfilling our trusts, either for God or man, should be preferred by us before our food: it was our Saviour's meat and drink, Joh 4:34. He tells them the charge his master had given him, with the reason of it. He relates what had happened at the well, to further the proposal, plainly showing the finger of God in it. Those events which to us seem the effect of choice, contrivance, or chance, are appointed out of God. This hinders not, but rather encourages the use of all proper means. They freely and cheerfully close with the proposal; and any matter is likely to be comfortable, when it proceeds from the Lord. Abraham's servant thankfully acknowledges the good success he had met with. He was a humble man, and humble men are not ashamed to own their situation in life, whatever it may be. All our temporal concerns are sweet if intermixed with godliness.
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