"What if the woman doesn't want to come back with me to this land?" the servant asked. "Shouldn't I have your son go to the land from which you came?"
"Make sure not to take my son there," Abraham replied.
If the woman isn't willing to follow you, then you'll be free from this oath to me. Just don't take my son back there!"
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road through the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer, because God had said, "If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt."
What's the point in the LORD bringing us to this land? To die by the sword so our wives and children would become war victims? Wouldn't it be better for us to return to Egypt?" Then they told each other, "Let's assign a leader and go back to Egypt."
Finally, the LORD will bring you back to Egypt by ship, a place that I said you'd never see again. There you'll try to sell yourselves to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you."
They will not live in the LORD's land Ephraim will return to Egypt, and they will eat unclean food in Assyria.
"They will not return to the land of Egypt; instead, the Assyrian will be their king, because they kept refusing to repent.
but our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and wished to return to Egypt.
They have turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors of old who refused to listen to my words. They followed other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah broke my covenant which I made with their ancestors."