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E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 24:21

wondering: or eagerly watching her. to wit = to know. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 24:15-22

III. The Identification Made"And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher. And she... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Genesis 24:21

Genesis 24:21. To wit whether, &c.— This verse must be supposed to refer to the whole action, and expresses, that as soon as Rebekah began to employ herself on his account, Eliezer stood the meanwhile wrapt in wonder and silent attention, to note whether the sign, which he had requested of the Lord, would be fulfilled in her, and whether consequently his journey would be prosperous. The words finely express the situation of a man, who, with astonishment and surprise, considers in silence... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 24:10-28

Camels were relatively rare in this era, so the fact that Abraham owned 10 of them reflects his great wealth (Genesis 24:10; cf. Job 1:3). [Note: Wenham, Genesis 16-50, pp. 142-43, 146.] Genesis 24:12 is the first recorded instance of prayer for specific guidance in Scripture. Since camels could drink 25 gallons, the servant’s sign was sagacious (Genesis 24:14). It tested Rebekah’s kindness, hospitality, industry, and willingness to help a stranger."Although the Lord elects both Abraham and... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 24:1-67

The Marriage of Isaac and RebekahA charming picture of patriarchal marriage customs. It is very characteristic of the Primitive source.2. Put.. thy hand under my thigh] a form of taking an oath, only mentioned again in Genesis 47:29. ’It is from the thighs that one’s descendants come, so that to take an oath with one hand under the thigh would be equivalent to calling upon these descendants to maintain an oath which has been fulfilled, and to avenge one which has been broken’ (D.). Modern... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 24:21

(21) And the man wondering at her . . . —The verb is rare, and the LXX., Syr., and Vulg., followed by Gesenius and Fürst, translate, “And the man gazed attentively at her, keeping silence, that he might know,” &c. The servant, we may well believe, was astonished at the exactness and quickness with which his prayer was being answered, but this is not the point to which the rest of the verse refers; rather, it sets him before us as keenly observing all she said and did, and carefully coming... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Genesis 24:1-67

Rebekah the Farseeing Genesis 24:0 I. In the case of Sarah the real drama opens with married life. In the case of Rebekah it opens with the proposal of marriage. The offer comes from Isaac. When she sees the servant approaching she has no idea of his errand. But Rebekah has a wonderful talisman against such surprise an astonishing power of putting herself instantaneously in the place of those to whom she is speaking. II. There is a peculiarity about Rebekah's sympathetic insight. It is not... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Genesis 24:1-67

ISAAC’S MARRIAGEGenesis 24:1-67"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."- Proverbs 31:30."WHEN a son has attained the age of twenty years, his father, if able, should marry him, and then take his hand and say, I have disciplined thee, and taught thee, and married thee; I now seek refuge with God from thy mischief in the present world and the next." This Mohammedan tradition expresses with tolerable accuracy the idea of the Eastern world,... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Genesis 24:1-67

CHAPTER 24 The Bride Sought for Isaac 1. The commission to the servant (Genesis 24:1-9 ) 2. The obedience and prayer of the servant (Genesis 24:10-14 ) 3. The prayer answered (Genesis 24:15-21 ) 4. The gifts of the servant (Genesis 24:22-26 ) 5. The servant received (Genesis 24:27-33 ) 6. The servant’s message (Genesis 24:34-36 ) 7. The commission and answered prayer stated (Genesis 24:37-49 ) 8. The bride chosen (Genesis 24:50-60 ) 9. The journey to meet Isaac. (Genesis 24:61... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 24:1-67

ISAAC'S BRIDE FROM HIS FATHER'S FAMILY Only after Sarah has died does Isaac receive a wife. When Israel, after the death of the Lord Jesus, was set aside as the vessel of God's testimony in the world, then God the Father (typified by Abraham) sent the Spirit of God (symbolized by the servant) to obtain a wife for the Lord Jesus, of whom Isaac is a picture. Abraham required his servant to swear by the God of heaven and earth that he would not take a wife for Isaac from the Canaanites, but one... read more

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