Genesis 31:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:11, NIV: "The angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob.' I answered, 'Here I am.'"

Genesis 31:11, ESV: "Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’"

Genesis 31:11, KJV: "And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I."

Genesis 31:11, NASB: "Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob’; and I said, ‘Here I am.’"

Genesis 31:11, NLT: "Then in my dream, the angel of God said to me, 'Jacob!' And I replied, 'Yes, here I am.'"

Genesis 31:11, CSB: "In that dream the angel of God said to me, 'Jacob!' and I said, 'Here I am.'"

What does Genesis 31:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is describing to his wives a dream given to him by the Lord. It seems this dream took place six years earlier and became the reason Jacob made the deal with Laban to take the off-color goats and sheep as his wages.

In the dream, he saw off-color goats mating with the flock. Now Jacob reveals that the "angel of God," the Lord Himself, spoke to him in the dream. Jacob said, "Here I am!" This text, along with verse 10, explains that Jacob's deal with Laban, his use of colored sticks, and his eventual success (Genesis 30:31–43) were all due to God's direct influence. In other words, Jacob was not attempting to biologically influence the flock's color by using the sticks, he was simply using them as part of God's pre-arranged plan (Genesis 31:10, 12).

Jacob is intent that Rachel and Leah understand that the Lord is not merely the one providing for and protecting him, God is also the one directing him. He's about to tell them it's time to move away from their father and homeland. He wants it to be clear this direction is coming from God.