Genesis 28:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 28:7, NIV: "and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram."

Genesis 28:7, ESV: "and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram."

Genesis 28:7, KJV: "And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;"

Genesis 28:7, NASB: "and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan-aram."

Genesis 28:7, NLT: "He also knew that Jacob had obeyed his parents and gone to Paddan-aram."

Genesis 28:7, CSB: "And Jacob listened to his father and mother and went to Paddan-aram."

What does Genesis 28:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This continues a thought begun in the previous verse. Esau learned that Isaac had directed Jacob not to marry from among the local Canaanite women. Esau had already done just that. He had married two women of the Hittite tribe, and those women greatly displeased his parents (Genesis 26:34–35). Esau knew that Jacob, on the other hand, obeyed his parents and had gone off to Paddan-aram to find a wife from their mother's family.

So in spite of Jacob's great and heartbreaking deception of their father Isaac, he seemed to be on a path that was pleasing their parents. Esau was aware that his life choices have caused him to lose some of their approval. He would hatch a plan to fix that.