Ge 24:2
24:2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that
     ruled over all that he had, {a} Put, I pray thee, thy hand
     under my thigh:

     (a) Which ceremony declared, the servants obedience towards
         his master, and the master's power over the servant.

Ge 24:3
24:3 And I will make thee {b} swear by the LORD, the God of
     heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take
     a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites,
     among whom I dwell:

     (b) This shows that an oath may be required in a lawful

Ge 24:4
24:4 But thou shalt go unto my {c} country, and to my kindred,
     and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

     (c) He did not want his son to marry out of the godly
         family: for the problems that come from marrying the
         ungodly are set forth in various places throughout the

Ge 24:6
24:6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not
     my son {d} thither again.

     (d) Lest he should love the inheritance promised.

Ge 24:10
24:10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his
      master, and departed; for all the goods of his master
      [were] in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia,
      unto the {e} city of Nahor.

      (e) That is, to Charran.

Ge 24:12
24:12 And he said, O {f} LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray
      thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto
      my master Abraham.

      (f) He grounds his prayer on God's promise made to his

Ge 24:14
24:14 {g} And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I
      shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may
      drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy
      camels drink also: [let the same be] she [that] thou hast
      appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know
      that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

      (g) The servant moved by God's spirit sought assurance by
          a sign, as to whether or not God would prosper his

Ge 24:15
24:15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that,
      behold, {h} Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son
      of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her
      pitcher upon her shoulder.

      (h) God gives success to all things that are done for the
          glory of his name and according to his word.

Ge 24:16
24:16 And the damsel [was] very fair to look upon, a virgin,
      neither had any man known her: and she {i} went down to
      the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

      (i) Here is declared that God hears the prayers of his
          own, and grants their requests.

Ge 24:22
24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that
      the man took a golden {k} earring of {l} half a shekel
      weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten [shekels]
      weight of gold;

      (k) God permitted many things both in apparel and other
          things which are now forbidden especially when they do
          not suit our humble estate.
      (l) The golden shekel is meant here, not silver.

Ge 24:27
24:27 And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of my master
      Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his
      mercy {m} and his truth: I [being] in the way, the LORD
      led me to the house of my master's brethren.

      (m) He does not boast in his good fortune (as the wicked
          do) but acknowledges that God has dealt mercifully
          with this matter in keeping his promise.

Ge 24:30
24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets
      upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of
      Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me;
      that he came unto the man; and, behold, {n} he stood by
      the camels at the well.

      (n) For he waited on God's hand, who heard his prayer.

Ge 24:32
24:32 And the man came into the house: and {o} he ungirded his
      {p} camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels,
      and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that [were]
      with him.

      (o) That is, Laban.
      (p) The gentle entertainment of strangers practised by the
          godly fathers.

Ge 24:33
24:33 And there was set [meat] before him to eat: but he said, I
      {q} will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he
      said, Speak on.

      (q) The faithfulness that servants owe to their masters,
          causes them to prefer their masters business before
          their own needs.

Ge 24:35
24:35 And the LORD hath {r} blessed my master greatly; and he is
      become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and
      silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and
      camels, and asses.

      (r) To bless signifies here to enrich, or increase with
          substance as the text in the same verse declares.

Ge 24:37
24:37 And my master made me swear, saying, {s} Thou shalt not
      take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites,
      in whose land I dwell:

      (s) The Canaanites were cursed, and therefore the godly
          could not join with them in marriage.

Ge 24:38
24:38 But thou shalt go unto my {t} father's house, and to my
      kindred, and take a wife unto my son.

      (t) Meaning among his relatives, as in @Ge 24:40.

Ge 24:41
24:41 Then shalt thou be clear from [this] {u} my oath, when
      thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee
      [one], thou shalt be clear from my oath.

      (u) Which by my authority I caused you to make.

Ge 24:45
24:45 And before I had done speaking in mine {x} heart, behold,
      Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and
      she went down unto the well, and drew [water]: and I said
      unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.

      (x) Signifying that this prayer was not spoken by the
          mouth, but only in his heart.

Ge 24:48
24:48 {y} And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and
      blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led
      me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter
      unto his son.

      (y) He shows our duty when we have received any benefit
          from the Lord.

Ge 24:49
24:49 And now if ye will deal {z} kindly and truly with my
      master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to
      the {a} right hand, or to the left.

      (z) If you will freely and faithfully give your daughter
          to my master's son.
      (a) That is, that I may look elsewhere.

Ge 24:50
24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, {b} The thing
      proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or

      (b) As soon as they perceived that it was God's ordinance
          they yielded.

Ge 24:57
24:57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at {c}
      her mouth.

      (c) This shows that parents do not have the authority to
          marry their children without the consent of both

Ge 24:60
24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou [art]
      our sister, be thou [the mother] of thousands of millions,
      and let thy seed possess the {d} gate of those which hate

      (d) That is, let them be victorious over their enemies: a
          blessing that is fully accomplished through Jesus

Ge 24:63
24:63 And Isaac went out to {e} meditate in the field at the
      eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold,
      the camels [were] coming.

      (e) This was the habit of the godly fathers to meditate on
          God's promises, and to pray for the accomplishment of
          it.  The custom was that the bride was brought to her
          husband, her head covered, a token of humbleness and

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