Genesis 31:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:18, NIV: "and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan."

Genesis 31:18, ESV: "He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac."

Genesis 31:18, KJV: "And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan."

Genesis 31:18, NASB: "and he drove away all his livestock and all his property which he had acquired, the livestock he possessed which he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac."

Genesis 31:18, NLT: "and he drove all his livestock in front of him. He packed all the belongings he had acquired in Paddan-aram and set out for the land of Canaan, where his father, Isaac, lived."

Genesis 31:18, CSB: "He took all the livestock and possessions he had acquired in Paddan-aram, and he drove his herds to go to the land of Canaan, to his father Isaac."

What does Genesis 31:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has come to an agreement with his wives, to leave the land of their father Laban, and return to Canaan (Genesis 31:3). All three are agreed that Laban has treated them deceitfully, dishonestly, and greedily (Genesis 31:4–16). The prior verse suggests that the preparations to leave were conducted quickly.

After Jacob succeeded in getting all of his wives and sons on camels, he added the rest of his possessions to the caravan out of Paddan-aram. Their destination is their new home in Canaan, with Jacob's father Isaac. Jacob's property now includes much livestock "on the hoof," as well as servants, donkeys, and belongings. They can't move too quickly, for that reason.

Jacob seemingly left Canaan with next to nothing: sleeping alone on a rock (Genesis 28:11) and having no dowry to offer for a wife (Genesis 29:18). He will return to his homeland a wealthy man with a large family. God had blessed Jacob, just as He said He would (Genesis 28:12–15).