Genesis 31:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:13, NIV: "I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.''"

Genesis 31:13, ESV: "I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.’”"

Genesis 31:13, KJV: "I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred."

Genesis 31:13, NASB: "I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a memorial stone, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.’?'"

Genesis 31:13, NLT: "I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, the place where you anointed the pillar of stone and made your vow to me. Now get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth.''"

Genesis 31:13, CSB: "I am the God of Bethel, where you poured oil on the stone marker and made a solemn vow to me. Get up, leave this land, and return to your native land.'""

What does Genesis 31:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, Jacob concludes the case he is making to his wives. He has saved the revelation that God has commanded him to return to the land of Canaan. He began by demonstrating how Laban and their brothers had stopped viewing him with favor. Then Jacob explained how Laban had cheated him repeatedly and how God had protected him and made him wealthy. In simple terms, God told Jacob he'd repay him for the years he'd been cheated by Laban, by supernaturally influencing the breeding of the animals.

Jacob finishes by telling Leah and Rachel that God spoke to Him, reminding Jacob of the sacred vow he had made at Bethel before meeting his Uncle Laban and his daughters. At Bethel, the Lord had appeared to Jacob in a dream and made great promises to him. Jacob had worshiped the Lord and built a pillar to Him.

Now that same God, that good and faithful God, was commanding Jacob to return to the land of his people.

The setup to this statement tells us a lot about Jacob's sense of concern. He would have been wondering: how would Rachel and Leah respond to this revelation? Would they support Jacob and agree to go with him? Would these two sisters, struggling with a bitter rivalry (Genesis 30:8), have the same response?