Genesis 28:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 28:13, NIV: "There above it stood the LORD, and he said: 'I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying."

Genesis 28:13, ESV: "And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring."

Genesis 28:13, KJV: "And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;"

Genesis 28:13, NASB: "Then behold, the LORD was standing above it and said, 'I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants."

Genesis 28:13, NLT: "At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and he said, 'I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants."

Genesis 28:13, CSB: "The LORD was standing there beside him, saying, "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land on which you are lying."

What does Genesis 28:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is sleeping in the wilderness, apparently alone, and with only a rock for a pillow. He is on the way to his family's previous homeland in Mesopotamia, both to escape his enraged brother (Genesis 27:41) and to seek a wife (Genesis 28:1–2). While asleep, Jacob is presented with a powerful, unusual dream. The Lord Himself is using this dream to visit Jacob and deliver a moving and personal message.

First, the Lord identifies Himself from the top of a "ladder" or "staircase" that reaches from earth to heaven. God assures Jacob that He is, in fact, the God of Abraham, and of Jacob's own father Isaac. He is the same Lord, and He has come to deliver the same words to Jacob as He did to His grandfather.

To begin with, the Lord will give to Jacob and his descendants the very ground on which he is lying. In this way, the Lord acknowledges Jacob's experience while lying there asleep was both a dream and a genuine visitation from God.