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Genesis 24:2

    Genesis 24:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Abraham said to his chief servant, the manager of all his property, Come now, put your hand under my leg:

    Webster's Revision

    And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh.

    World English Bible

    Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please put your hand under my thigh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 24:2

    Eldest servant - As this eldest servant is stated to have been the ruler over all that he had, it is very likely that Eliezer is meant. See Genesis 15:2, Genesis 15:3.

    Put, I pray thee, thy hand - See note on Genesis 24:9.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 24:2

    24:2 His eldest servant - Probably Eliezer of Damascus, one whose conduct and affection he had had long experience of: 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 thither by proxy; and no proxy so fit as the steward of his house. This matter is settled between the master and the servant with a great deal of care and solemnity. The servant is bound by an oath to do his utmost to get a wife for Isaac among his relations, Ge 24:3,4. Abraham swears him to it, both for his own satisfaction, and for the engagement of his servant to all possible care and diligence. Thus God swears his servants to their work, that, having sworn, they may perform it. Swearing being an ordinance, not peculiar to the church, but common to mankind, is to be performed by such signs as are the common usages of our country.