Genesis 28:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 28:4, NIV: "May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.'"

Genesis 28:4, ESV: "May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!”"

Genesis 28:4, KJV: "And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham."

Genesis 28:4, NASB: "May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, so that you may possess the land where you live as a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.'"

Genesis 28:4, NLT: "May God pass on to you and your descendants the blessings he promised to Abraham. May you own this land where you are now living as a foreigner, for God gave this land to Abraham.'"

Genesis 28:4, CSB: "May God give you and your offspring the blessing of Abraham so that you may possess the land where you live as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.""

What does Genesis 28:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Before Jacob heads to Mesopotamia to find a wife, also fleeing the wrath of Esau (Genesis 27:41), Isaac confers on him the covenant promises of God to Abraham. The previous verse included the blessing of many offspring. Now Isaac describes Jacob as possessing the "blessing of Abraham" for his offspring to possess the promised land of Canaan. It's possible that Isaac didn't offer this as part of his initial blessing—intended for Esau—because he knew Esau's temperament and intermarriage made him ineligible for such a promise (Genesis 25:29–34; 26:34–35).

God will be faithful to keep His promises to Abraham through Isaac and now through Jacob and his children. Jacob will leave Isaac's household with both Isaac's blessing for wealth and political power and the covenant blessing of God with Abraham for multitudes of offspring and possession of the land.