New International Version
but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."
King James Bible
But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
Darby Bible Translation
but thou shalt go to my land and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
World English Bible
But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
Young's Literal Translation
but unto my land and unto my kindred dost thou go, and hast taken a wife for my son, for Isaac.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My country - Mesopotamia, called here Abraham's country, because it was the place where the family of Haran, his brother, had settled; and where himself had remained a considerable time with his father Terah. In this family, as well as in that of Nahor, the true religion had been in some sort preserved, though afterwards considerably corrupted; see Genesis 31:19.
And take a wife unto my son - A young man in Bengal is precisely in the same circumstances as Isaac; he has nothing to do in the choice of a wife; parents employ others to seek wives for their sons. Those who leave their homes in search of employment always marry their children in their own country, and among their acquaintance at home; never among the people with whom they reside. In Asiatic countries this custom has prevailed from the infancy of the human race. See Ward's Hindoo Customs.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
to my kindred.
There does not appear in all this concern the least taint of worldly policy, or any of those motives which usually govern men in the settlement of their children. No mention is made of riches, or honours, or natural accomplishments, but merely of what related to God.--Fuller.
LibraryGuidance in the Way
'I being in the way, the Lord led me.'--GENESIS xxiv. 27. So said Abraham's anonymous servant when telling how he had found Rebekah at the well, and known her to be the destined bride of his master's servant. There is no more beautiful page, even amongst the many lovely ones in these ancient stories, than this domestic idyll of the mission of the faithful servant from far Canaan across the desert. The homely test by which he would determine that the maiden should be pointed out to him, the glimpse …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Jesus Sets Out from Judæa for Galilee.
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.
The servant asked him, "What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?"
So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: "Do not marry a Canaanite woman.
His father and mother replied, "Isn't there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me. She's the right one for me."
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