Genesis 28:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 28:6, NIV: "Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, 'Do not marry a Canaanite woman,'"

Genesis 28:6, ESV: "Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,”"

Genesis 28:6, KJV: "When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;"

Genesis 28:6, NASB: "Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take to himself a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, saying, 'You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,'"

Genesis 28:6, NLT: "Esau knew that his father, Isaac, had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to find a wife, and that he had warned Jacob, 'You must not marry a Canaanite woman.'"

Genesis 28:6, CSB: "Esau noticed that Isaac blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to get a wife there. When he blessed him, Isaac commanded Jacob, "Do not marry a Canaanite girl.""

What does Genesis 28:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The story returns briefly to Esau, who has become something of a pathetic figure. Esau has lost his birthright and the family blessing from Isaac. He has also not been given the blessing of Abraham's covenant with God. Those covenant promises will flow through Jacob instead. Some of this is absolutely Esau's own fault—he was willing to foolishly swear to sell his birthright for a bowl of soup (Genesis 27:29–34). At the same time, the blessing Isaac intended for Esau was stolen by Jacob, using a complex disguise arranged by their mother, Rebekah (Genesis 27:6–13).

In addition to losing his blessings, Esau is aware that his marriage to two Hittite women displeases his parents. He has heard about Isaac's direction to Jacob not to marry from the local Canaanite women and of Jacob's journey to Mesopotamia to marry one of their uncle's daughters. In what appears to be an attempt to regain his father's approval, Esau will take another wife.