New International Version
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
King James Bible
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
Darby Bible Translation
And if they had called to mind that from whence they went out, they had had opportunity to have returned;
World English Bible
If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.
Young's Literal Translation
and if, indeed, they had been mindful of that from which they came forth, they might have had an opportunity to return,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If they had been mindful of that country - They considered their right to the promises of God as dependent on their utter renunciation of Chaldea; and it was this that induced Abraham to cause his steward Eliezer to swear that he would not carry his son Isaac to Chaldea; see Genesis 24:5-8. There idolatry reigned; and God had called them to be the patriarchs and progenitors of a people among whom the knowledge of the true God, and the worship required by him, should be established and preserved.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryOctober 15. "Faith is the Evidence of Things not Seen" (Heb. xi. 1).
"Faith is the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. xi. 1). True faith drops its letter in the post-office box, and lets it go. Distrust holds on to a corner of it, and wonders that the answer never comes. I have some letters in my desk that have been written for weeks, but there was some slight uncertainty about the address or the contents, so they are yet unmailed. They have not done either me or anybody else any good yet. They will never accomplish anything until I let them go out of my hands and …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
January the First the Unknown Journey
The Call of Abraham
Go Back? Never!
but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."
"Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
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