Genesis 29:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 29:12, NIV: "He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father."

Genesis 29:12, ESV: "And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father."

Genesis 29:12, KJV: "And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father."

Genesis 29:12, NASB: "Jacob told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father."

Genesis 29:12, NLT: "He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father's side--the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban."

Genesis 29:12, CSB: "He told Rachel that he was her father's relative, Rebekah's son. She ran and told her father."

What does Genesis 29:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After watering Rachel's sheep without being asked and then kissing her and bursting into tears, Jacob finally tells her who he is. It may seem out of order to us, but Jacob was apparently overwhelmed with joyful emotion. He has fled his homeland in Canaan to escape his brother's wrath (Genesis 27:41), and also to obey the request of his father to seek a wife (Genesis 28:1–2). Rachel is from the very people-group Jacob was meant to contact. Along the way, Jacob experienced a profound dream where he was given promises by God (Genesis 28:10–12).

Specifically, Jacob tells Rachel that he is related to her father Laban. In fact, he is her aunt Rebekah's son. In response, Rachel ran home to tell Laban the news. Jacob's mother Rebekah responded in a similar way when she learned about Abraham's servant and his mission (Genesis 24:28).