Genesis 28:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 28:10, NIV: Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran.

Genesis 28:10, ESV: Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran.

Genesis 28:10, KJV: And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

Genesis 28:10, NASB: Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran.

Genesis 28:10, NLT: Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran.

Genesis 28:10, CSB: Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.

What does Genesis 28:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaac had settled his household in Beersheba in the land of Canaan promised by God to Abraham. Jacob had grown up there. Now he leaves, heading toward Haran, where Abraham first heard promises from God (Genesis 12:1-3). Haran is the town where Laban, Rebekah's brother, lives. Jacob had two reasons for leaving. First and foremost, his older twin brother, Esau, had resolved to kill Jacob for tricking their father and stealing a blessing intended for Esau (Genesis 27:41). Second, Jacob had been instructed by his father to return to their ancestral homeland in order to find a suitable wife.