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Genesis 24:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Abraham was old, [and] well stricken in age. And Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Abraham was old, [and] well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Abraham was old [and] far advanced in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Abraham was old, [and] advanced in age; and Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Now, Abraham, was old, far gone in days,—and, Yahweh, had blessed Abraham, in all things.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Abraham [is] old, he hath entered into days, and Jehovah hath blessed Abraham in all [things];
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Now Abraham was old, and advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed him in all things.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Abraham was olde [and] well stricken in age: And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Abraham{gr.Abraam} was old, advanced in days, and the Lord blessed Abraham{gr.Abraam} in all things.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Avraham was old, [and] well stricken in age: and Yahweh had blessed Avraham in all things.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And ŽAvrähäm אַברָהָם 85
{0085} Prime
אַבְרָהָם
'Abraham
{ab-raw-hawm'}
Contracted from H0001 and an unused root (probably meaning to be populous); father of a multitude; Abraham, the later name of Abram.
was old, 2204
{2204} Prime
זָקֵן
zaqen
{zaw-kane'}
A primitive root; to be old.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[and] well stricken 935
{0935} Prime
בּוֹא
bow'
{bo}
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
in age: 3117
{3117} Prime
יוֹם
yowm
{yome}
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
and Yähwè יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
had blessed 1288
{1288} Prime
בּרךְ
barak
{baw-rak'}
A primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason).
z8765
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
ŽAvrähäm אַברָהָם 85
{0085} Prime
אַבְרָהָם
'Abraham
{ab-raw-hawm'}
Contracted from H0001 and an unused root (probably meaning to be populous); father of a multitude; Abraham, the later name of Abram.
in all things. x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 24:1

_ _ Genesis 24:1-9. A marrige commission.

_ _ And Abraham was old ... take a wife — His anxiety to see his son married was natural to his position as a pastoral chief interested in preserving the honor of his tribe, and still more as a patriarch who had regard to the divine promise of a numerous posterity.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 24:1-9

_ _ Three things we may observe here concerning Abraham: —

_ _ I. The care he took of a good son, to get him married, well married. It was high time to think of it now, for Isaac was about forty years old, and it had been customary with his ancestors to marry at thirty, or sooner, Genesis 11:14, Genesis 11:18, Genesis 11:22, Genesis 11:24. Abraham believed the promise of the building up of his family, and therefore did not make haste; not more haste than good speed. Two considerations moved him to think of it now (Genesis 24:1): — 1. That he himself was likely to leave the world quickly, for he was old, and well-stricken in age, and it would be a satisfaction to him to see his son settled before he died; and, 2. That he had a good estate to leave behind him, for the Lord had blessed him in all things; and the blessing of the Lord makes rich. See how much religion and piety befriend outward prosperity. Now Abraham's pious care concerning his son was, (1.) That he should not marry a daughter of Canaan, but one of his kindred. He saw that the Canaanites were degenerating into great wickedness, and knew by revelation that they were designed for ruin, and therefore he would not marry his son among them, lest they should be either a snare to his soul, or at least a blot to his name. (2.) That yet he should not leave the land of Canaan, to go himself among his kindred, not even for the purpose of choosing a wife, lest he should be tempted to settle there. This caution is given Genesis 24:6, and repeated, Genesis 24:8. “Bring not my son thither again, whatever comes of it. Let him rather want a wife than expose himself to that temptation.” Note, Parents in disposing of their children, should carefully consult the welfare of their souls, and their furtherance in the way to heaven. Those who through grace have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust, and have brought up their children accordingly, should take heed of doing any thing by which they may be again entangled therein and overcome, 2 Peter 2:20. Beware that you bring them not thither again, Hebrews 11:15.

_ _ II. The charge he gave to a good servant, probably Eliezer of Damascus, one of whose conduct, fidelity, and affection to him and his family, he had had long experience. He trusted him with this great affair, and not Isaac himself, because he would not have Isaac go at all into that country, but marry there by proxy; and no proxy so fit as this steward of his house. This matter is settled between the master and the servant with a great deal of care and solemnity. 1. The servant must be bound by an oath to do his utmost to get a wife for Isaac from among his relations, Genesis 24:2-4. Abraham swears him to it, both for his own satisfaction and for the engagement of his servant to all possible care and diligence in this matter. Thus God swears his servants to their work, that, having sworn, they may perform it. Honour is here done to the eternal God; for he it is that is sworn by, to whom alone these appeals ought to be made. And some think honour is done to the covenant of circumcision by the ceremony here used of putting his hand under his thigh. Note, Swearing being an ordinance not peculiar to the church, but common to mankind, is to be performed by such signs as are the appointments and common usages of our country, for binding the person sworn. 2. He must be clear of this oath if, when he had done his utmost, he could not prevail. This proviso the servant prudently inserted (Genesis 24:5), putting the case that the woman would not follow him; and Abraham allowed the exception, Genesis 24:8. Note, Oaths are to be taken with great caution, and the matter sworn to should be rightly understood and limited, because it is a snare to devour that which is holy, and, after vows, to make the enquiry which should have been made before.

_ _ III. The confidence he put in a good God, who, he doubts not, will give his servant success in this undertaking, Genesis 24:7. He remembers that God had wonderfully brought him out of the land of his nativity, by the effectual call of his grace; and therefore doubts not but he will succeed him in his care not to bring his son thither again. He remembers also the promise God had made and confirmed to him that he would give Canaan to his seed, and thence infers that God would own him in his endeavours to match his son, not among those devoted nations, but to one that was fit to be the mother of such a seed. “Fear not therefore; he shall send his angel before thee to make thy way prosperous.” Note, 1. Those that carefully keep in the way of duty, and govern themselves by the principles of their religion in their designs and undertakings, have good reason to expect prosperity and success in them. God will cause that to issue in our comfort in which we sincerely aim at his glory. 2. God's promises, and our own experiences, are sufficient to encourage our dependence upon God, and our expectations from him, in all the affairs of this life. 3. God's angels are ministering spirits, sent forth, not only for the protection, but for the guidance, of the heirs of promise, Hebrews 1:14. “He shall send his angel before thee, and then thou wilt speed well.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 24:1

Abraham's pious care concerning his son was, that he should not marry with a daughter of Canaan, but with one of his kindred because he saw, the Canaanites were degenerating into great wickedness, and knew, that they were designed for ruin: would not marry his son among them, lest they should be either a snare to his soul, or, at least, a blot to his name. Yet he would not go himself among his kindred, lest he should be tempted to settle there: this caution is given, Genesis 24:6, and repeated, Genesis 24:8. Parents, in disposing of their children, should carefully consult their furtherance in the way to heaven.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
was old:

Genesis 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah [were] old [and] well stricken in age; [and] it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Genesis 21:5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
Genesis 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
1 Kings 1:1 Now king David was old [and] stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
Luke 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were [now] well stricken in years.

well stricken in age:
Heb. gone into days

blessed:

Genesis 24:35 And the LORD hath 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.
Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Genesis 13:2 And Abram [was] very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 49:25 [Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
Psalms 112:1-3 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments. ... Wealth and riches [shall be] in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
Isaiah 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah [that] bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:
1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
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Gn 12:2; 13:2; 18:11; 21:5; 24:35; 25:20; 49:25. 1K 1:1. Ps 112:1. Pv 10:22. Is 51:2. Mt 6:33. Lk 1:7. Ga 3:9. Ep 1:3. 1Ti 4:8.

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