Genesis 28:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 28:5, NIV: "Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau."

Genesis 28:5, ESV: "Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother."

Genesis 28:5, KJV: "And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother."

Genesis 28:5, NASB: "Then Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau."

Genesis 28:5, NLT: "So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to stay with his uncle Laban, his mother's brother, the son of Bethuel the Aramean."

Genesis 28:5, CSB: "So Isaac sent Jacob to Paddan-aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau."

What does Genesis 28:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Sent away by both his mother and his father, Jacob leaves his home and sets out for household of his mother's brother Laban. Laban lives in the house of his own father Bethuel, in Paddan-aram in Mesopotamia. Jacob will apparently not return or see his family again for many years. The next time he sees his father, Isaac will be very close to death. Rebekah, though she greatly favors Jacob (Genesis 25:28), seemingly never sees her son again. This is part of the price she pays for her role in deceiving her husband, Isaac (Genesis 27:5–13). Jacob, for his part, will experience a taste of his own deception when he attempts to obtain a wife from his relatives in this new country.