New Living Translation
If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath of mine. But under no circumstances are you to take my son there."
King James Bible
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
Darby Bible Translation
And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be quit of this my oath: only, bring not my son thither again.
World English Bible
If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again."
Young's Literal Translation
and if the woman be not willing to come after thee, then thou hast been acquitted from this mine oath: only my son thou dost not cause to turn back thither.'
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CommentaryGenesis 24:8 Parallel Commentaries
The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"No!" Abraham responded. "Be careful never to take my son there.
Then you will have fulfilled your obligation. But if you go to my relatives and they refuse to let her go with you, you will be free from my oath.'
Before they left, the men told her, "We will be bound by the oath we have taken only if you follow these instructions.
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