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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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
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?







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

and Bethuel
וּבְתוּאֵל֙ (ū·ḇə·ṯū·’êl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

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

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

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

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