Genesis 13:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:4, NIV: "and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD."

Genesis 13:4, ESV: "to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD."

Genesis 13:4, KJV: "Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD."

Genesis 13:4, NASB: "to the place of the altar which he had made there previously; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD."

Genesis 13:4, NLT: "This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the LORD again."

Genesis 13:4, CSB: "to the site where he had built the altar. And Abram called on the name of the LORD there."

What does Genesis 13:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verses, Abram and his company left Egypt behind and travelled north, arriving at their former campsite between Bethel and Ai. This was after being given great wealth by Pharaoh, over his desire for Sarai (Genesis 12:10–20).

In particular, Abram seems to be returning to the altar he had built during their previous stay in the region (Genesis 12:7). Again, Abram used this altar to call on the name of the Lord. We're not told so, but it's possible that Abram used the altar to make animal sacrifices to the Lord as a way of worshiping Him. Perhaps Abram was hoping to hear from God again about what next steps he should take.