Genesis 24:60

60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.”

Genesis 24:60 in Other Translations

KJV
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 gate of those which hate them.
ESV
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!"
NLT
60 They gave her this blessing as she parted: “Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies.”
MSG
60 And they blessed Rebekah saying, You're our sister - live bountifully! And your children, triumphantly!
CSB
60 They blessed Rebekah, saying to her: Our sister, may you become thousands upon ten thousands. May your offspring possess the gates of their enemies.

Genesis 24:60 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 24:60

And they blessed Rebekah
That is, her parents and her friends, they wished the best and choicest of blessings might descend upon her: and said unto her, thou [art] our sister;
the Targum of Jonathan is,

``hitherto thou hast been our sister,''
as if the relation now ceased, having entered into another; and especially as she was going away from them into a distant country, and might never see her more, it was as if she was no more to them or to be enjoyed by them: be thou [the mother] of thousands of millions;
as she was, the Edomites and Israelites both springing from her: and let thy seed possess the gate of those that hate them;
exercise dominion and authority over their enemies: let them not only be numerous, but powerful and victorious, as both the nations were at times, and especially the latter; and particularly this had its accomplishment in Christ, who sprung from her in the line of Jacob, ( Matthew 1:2 ) ( Luke 3:34 ) ; some respect seems to be had to the promise made to Abraham, ( Genesis 22:17 ) ; of which this family might have knowledge from Abraham's servant, who might report not only how great his master was, but what promises were made to him with respect to his posterity.

Genesis 24:60 In-Context

58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she said.
59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.”
61 Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Genesis 27:4,19; Genesis 28:1; Genesis 31:55; Genesis 48:9,15,20; Joshua 22:6
  • 2. S Genesis 17:16
  • 3. Genesis 22:17; Psalms 127:5; Proverbs 27:11