Genesis 30:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:25, NIV: "After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, 'Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland."

Genesis 30:25, ESV: "As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country."

Genesis 30:25, KJV: "And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country."

Genesis 30:25, NASB: "Now it came about, when Rachel had given birth to Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, 'Send me away, so that I may go to my own place and to my own country."

Genesis 30:25, NLT: "Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, 'Please release me so I can go home to my own country."

Genesis 30:25, CSB: "After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me on my way so that I can return to my homeland."

What does Genesis 30:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has now fathered at least 11 children by four different wives, including the two sisters, Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29:18–30), and their two servants, Bilhah and Zilpah (Genesis 30:1–10). The deal Jacob had made with his father-in-law Laban was to work for him another seven years after marrying Leah and Rachel. That time is now up. In fact, more than seven years may have passed, since Leah has by this time given birth to six sons and at least one daughter (Genesis 30:21).

However long it's been, the birth of Rachel's son Joseph seems to be the moment Jacob has been waiting for to finally declare his intention to leave Laban's household and to return to his own homeland in Canaan. He now has a natural-born son from the woman he so dearly loves. This, in a sense, means that Jacob has entirely fulfilled his father's purpose for sending him to this land (Genesis 28:1–3).

Jacob's tone is demanding: "Send me away." He will continue to take a firm tone in the following verses. In no small part due to prior deception, Jacob is aware that negotiating with Laban is a tricky thing.