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Genesis 24:58

24:58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Do you want 1  to go with this man?” She replied, “I want to go.”

Genesis 24:60

24:60 They blessed Rebekah with these words: 2 

“Our sister, may you become the mother 3  of thousands of ten thousands!

May your descendants possess the strongholds 4  of their enemies.”

1 tn The imperfect verbal form here has a modal nuance, expressing desire.

2 tn Heb “and said to her.”

3 tn Heb “become thousands of ten thousands.”

sn May you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands. The blessing expresses their prayer that she produce children and start a family line that will greatly increase (cf. Gen 17:16).

4 tn Heb “gate,” which here stands for a walled city. In an ancient Near Eastern city the gate complex was the main area of defense (hence the translation “stronghold”). A similar phrase occurs in Gen 22:17.

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