Genesis 29:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 29:5, NIV: "He said to them, 'Do you know Laban, Nahor's grandson?' 'Yes, we know him,' they answered."

Genesis 29:5, ESV: "He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.”"

Genesis 29:5, KJV: "And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him."

Genesis 29:5, NASB: "So he said to them, 'Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?' And they said, 'We know him.'"

Genesis 29:5, NLT: "'Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?' he asked. 'Yes, we do,' they replied."

Genesis 29:5, CSB: ""Do you know Laban grandson of Nahor?" Jacob asked them. They answered, "We know him.""

What does Genesis 29:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has just learned that the shepherds gathered near this well are from Haran, the very town he has traveled so far to find. Now he asks them if they know Laban, the man he has come to find and hopefully stay with. They do know him. Is Jacob beginning to sense that God is truly with him "on the way," leading him where he should go? Jacob's quest was to find this very family, in order to seek out a wife (Genesis 28:1–2). Just as God led the servant of Abraham directly to a well, in order to find a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24:12–16), perhaps God has led Jacob to the right place at the right time.