Genesis 24:8
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New International Version
If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there."

New Living Translation
If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath of mine. But under no circumstances are you to take my son there."

English Standard Version
But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.”

Berean Study Bible
And if the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.”

New American Standard Bible
"But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there."

King James Bible
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

Christian Standard Bible
If the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are free from this oath to me, but don't let my son go back there."

Contemporary English Version
If the woman refuses to come along, you don't have to keep this promise. But don't ever take my son back there."

Good News Translation
If the young woman is not willing to come with you, you will be free from this promise. But you must not under any circumstances take my son back there."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are free from this oath to me, but don't let my son go back there."

International Standard Version
If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you'll be free from this oath to me. Just don't take my son back there!"

NET Bible
But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, you will be free from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!"

New Heart English Bible
If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If the woman doesn't want to come back with you, then you'll be free from this oath that you swear to me. But don't take my son back there."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; only thou shalt not bring my son back thither.'

New American Standard 1977
“But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be free from this my oath; only do not bring my son there again.

King James 2000 Bible
And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son there again.

American King James Version
And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

American Standard Version
And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath. Only thou shalt not bring my son thither again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if the woman will not follow thee, thou shalt not be bound by the oath; only bring not my son back thither again.

Darby Bible Translation
And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be quit of this my oath: only, bring not my son thither again.

English Revised Version
And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; only thou shalt not bring my son thither again.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if the woman shall not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; only bring not my son thither again.

World English Bible
If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again."

Young's Literal Translation
and if the woman be not willing to come after thee, then thou hast been acquitted from this mine oath: only my son thou dost not cause to turn back thither.'
Study Bible
A Wife for Isaac
7The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me from my father’s house and my native land, 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 take a wife for my son from there. 8And if the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” 9So the servant placed his hand under his master Abraham’s thigh and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:6
Abraham replied, "Make sure that you do not take my son back there.

Genesis 24:41
Then, when you go to my kindred, if they refuse to give her to you, you will be released from my oath.'

Joshua 2:17
The men said to her, "We will not be bound by this oath you made us swear

Treasury of Scripture

And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

clear.

Numbers 30:5,8 But if her father disallow her in the day that he hears; not any …

Joshua 2:17-20 And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this your oath which …

Joshua 9:20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be …

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

only.

Genesis 24:4,5,6 But you shall go to my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife …

Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory …

And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee,.... Or "but" if (m), which is said by Abraham, not as doubting she would be willing, of which he was satisfied, being persuaded that that God that had made him willing to leave his own country, and his father's house, would make her willing to do the like, and come and settle with his son in the land that God had given him; but this, and what follows, he said to make the mind of his servant easy, who had some doubt about it, or however was desirous of knowing how he must act should that be the case; and what it was he was to take an oath to do, and how far, and how far not, that would oblige him:

then thou shalt be clear from this my oath; which he enjoined his servant to take; the sense is, when he had done all he could to get the consent of the damsel, and her friends, to go with him and marry his master's son; and after all she could not be prevailed upon to come with him, then he was free from his oath, having done all that that obliged him to, and he not attempting to take one from any other quarter:

only bring not my son thither again; neither agree with the damsel and her parents, that he shall come to them, nor persuade him to comply with such terms.

(m) "sin autem", V. L. 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.
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