Genesis 24:50
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.

Berean Study Bible
Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we have no choice in the matter.

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

New King James Version
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the LORD; we cannot speak to you either bad or good.

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

NASB 1995
Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good.

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

Amplified Bible
Then Laban and Bethuel answered, “The matter has come from the LORD; so we dare not speak bad or good [to you about it—we cannot interfere].

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Laban and Bethuyel answered and they said, “The word has proceeded from LORD JEHOVAH; we are not able to speak to you good or evil.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Laban and Bathuel answered and said, This matter has come forth from the Lord, we shall not be able to answer thee bad or good.

Contemporary English Version
Laban and Bethuel answered, "The LORD has done this. We have no choice in the matter.

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.

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

Good News Translation
Laban and Bethuel answered, "Since this matter comes from the LORD, it is not for us to make a decision.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And Laban answers—Bethuel also—and they say, “The thing has gone out from YHWH; we are not able to speak to you bad or good;

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.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Rebekah is Chosen
49Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; but if not, let me know, so that I may go elsewhere.” 50Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we have no choice in the matter. 51Rebekah is here before you. Take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, just as the LORD has decreed.”…

Cross References
Mark 12:11
This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"

Genesis 24:51
Rebekah is here before you. Take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, just as the LORD has decreed."

Genesis 31:24
But that night God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream and warned him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."

Genesis 31:29
I have power to do you great harm, but last night the God of your father said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.'

Psalm 118:23
This is from the LORD, and 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.

See

Genesis 24:15,28,53,55,60
And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder…

The thing.

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

Matthew 21:42
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

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

we.

Genesis 31:24,29
And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad…

2 Samuel 13:22
And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

Acts 11:17
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Laban
לָבָ֤ן (lā·ḇān)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3837: Laban -- father-in-law of Jacob

and Bethuel
וּבְתוּאֵל֙ (ū·ḇə·ṯū·’êl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1328: Bethuel -- perhaps 'man of God', a nephew of Abraham

answered,
וַיַּ֨עַן (way·ya·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

“This is from
יָצָ֣א (yā·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

the LORD;
מֵיְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Preposition-m | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

we have no
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

choice in the matter.
הַדָּבָ֑ר (had·dā·ḇār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause


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