And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Their sister.—Bethuel may have had other sons, though Laban only is mentioned.
Her nurse.—How dear Deborah was, first to Rebekah, and afterwards to Jacob, may be seen by the lamentation at her death (Genesis 35:8).Genesis 24:59. Rebekah and her nurse — Deborah, as appears from chap. Genesis 35:8; where we learn that she was held in great esteem, as indeed nurses in general were in ancient times, both in Asia and in Greece.
"Inquire at her mouth." This is the only free choice in the matter that seems to be given to Rebekah. Her consent may have been modestly indicated, before her family ratified the contract. It is plain, however, that it was thought proper that the parents should receive and decide upon a proposal of marriage. The extent to which the maiden's inclinations would be consulted would depend very much on the custom of the country, and the intelligence and good feeling of the parents. In later times the custom became very arbitrary. Rebekah's decision shows that she concurred in the consent of her relatives. "And her nurse." Her name, we learn afterward Genesis 35:8, was Deborah. The nurse accompanied the bride as her confidential adviser and faithful attendant, and died in her service; a beautiful trait of ancient manners. The blessing consists in a boundless offspring, and the upper hand over their enemies. These are indicative of a thin population, and a comparatively rude state of society. "And her damsels." We here learn, again, incidentally, that Rebekah had more female attendants than her nurse.Her nurse was Deborah, by comparing Genesis 35:8. In this corrupt family, the mother and the nurse are two distinct persons; but in Abraham’s pious family there was no such principle or practice. See Genesis 21:7.
and her nurse: who had been her nurse in former times, as Aben Ezra observes, in her infancy, for whom she had a particular affection, as is often the case; her name was Deborah, as appears from Genesis 35:8,And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)59. their sister] Laban is thus referred to as the head of the family; cf. “your daughter” in Genesis 34:8.
her nurse] i.e. her special personal attendant; cf. Genesis 29:24; Genesis 29:29. The name of the nurse appears in Genesis 35:8 as Deborah.
and his men] The servant’s retinue, mentioned in Genesis 24:32; see note on Genesis 24:10.
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