Genesis 29:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 29:1, NIV: "Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples."

Genesis 29:1, ESV: "Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east."

Genesis 29:1, KJV: "Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east."

Genesis 29:1, NASB: "Then Jacob set out on his journey, and went to the land of the people of the east."

Genesis 29:1, NLT: "Then Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east."

Genesis 29:1, CSB: "Jacob resumed his journey and went to the eastern country."

What does Genesis 29:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Lord appeared to Jacob in a dream (Genesis 28:10–12) as he was journeying from his father's household toward Haran, where his mother's brother lives. Jacob had two reasons for the journey. One was to flee the wrath of his brother Esau, who planned to kill him (Genesis 27:41). The other reason was to look for wife. Isaac had told Jacob specifically to marry one of the daughters of Laban, Rebekah's brother (Genesis 28:1–2).

So after vowing to make the Lord his God if the Lord would really be with him and care for him (Genesis 28:20–22), Jacob set out once again for Haran. The text literally reads that Jacob "picked up his feet." It's like the meeting with God had filled him with new confidence about his purpose and future.

In time, he came to the land of the people of the east, or the eastern lands. He had left behind the land of Canaan. He was closer to reaching his destination than he realized.