Genesis 13:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:3, NIV: "From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier"

Genesis 13:3, ESV: "And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,"

Genesis 13:3, KJV: "And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;"

Genesis 13:3, NASB: "And he went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,"

Genesis 13:3, NLT: "From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages toward Bethel, and they pitched their tents between Bethel and Ai, where they had camped before."

Genesis 13:3, CSB: "He went by stages from the Negev to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had formerly been,"

What does Genesis 13:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After being forced out of Egypt by an angry Pharaoh, wealthy Abram and his company traveled north through the Negeb, then farther north up into the heart of Canaan. In truth, they were journeying back up the way they had come down, arriving back in the area of Bethel. This is the same spot, between Bethel and Ai, where they had lived for a time after arriving in Canaan.

As we'll be reminded in the following verse, this is the spot where Abram had previously built an altar and called on the name of the Lord. It's possible Abram came here specifically because he was hoping to hear from God once more.