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Genesis 24:60

24:60 They blessed Rebekah with these words: 1 

“Our sister, may you become the mother 2  of thousands of ten thousands!

May your descendants possess the strongholds 3  of their enemies.”

Genesis 31:55


31:55 (32:1) 4  Early in the morning Laban kissed 5  his grandchildren 6  and his daughters goodbye and blessed them. Then Laban left and returned home. 7 

1 tn Heb “and said to her.”

2 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).

3 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.

4 sn Beginning with 31:55, the verse numbers in the English Bible through 32:32 differ by one from the verse numbers in the Hebrew text (BHS), with 31:55 ET = 32:1 HT, 32:1 ET = 32:2 HT, etc., through 32:32 ET = 32:33 HT. From 33:1 the verse numbers in the ET and HT are again the same.

5 tn Heb “and Laban got up early in the morning and he kissed.”

6 tn Heb “his sons.”

7 tn Heb “to his place.”

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