Genesis 13:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:18, NIV: "So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the LORD."

Genesis 13:18, ESV: "So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD."

Genesis 13:18, KJV: "Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD."

Genesis 13:18, NASB: "Then Abram moved his tent and came and lived by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron; and there he built an altar to the LORD."

Genesis 13:18, NLT: "So Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the LORD."

Genesis 13:18, CSB: "So Abram moved his tent and went to live near the oaks of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD."

What does Genesis 13:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verses, the Lord reaffirmed and expanded on His promises to Abram to give him and his descendants the land and to make of his descendants a great nation. Finally, the Lord told Abram to walk the length and width of the land. This process suggests measuring the territory, which in ancient times was often used as a symbolic gesture of ownership.

Abram then moves south of Bethel near the town of Hebron. He settles there by the oaks or great trees belonging to Mamre, an Amorite man who will be revealed as an ally of Abram in chapter 14.

Abram built an altar to the Lord, Yahweh, in this place. He would continue his worship of God there. This area will become important to Israel, as Abram and the other patriarchs (Isaac and Jacob) will all be buried east of Mamre in the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 23:17-19).