Genesis 31:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:25, NIV: "Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too."

Genesis 31:25, ESV: "And Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen pitched tents in the hill country of Gilead."

Genesis 31:25, KJV: "Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead."

Genesis 31:25, NASB: "And Laban caught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen camped in the hill country of Gilead."

Genesis 31:25, NLT: "Laban caught up with Jacob as he was camped in the hill country of Gilead, and he set up his camp not far from Jacob's."

Genesis 31:25, CSB: "When Laban overtook Jacob, Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban and his relatives also pitched their tents in the hill country of Gilead."

What does Genesis 31:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob served Laban for twenty years, a period during which he was repeatedly and grossly cheated (Genesis 29:20–28; Genesis 30:31–36). Even Laban's own daughters, now Jacob's wives, agreed that their father cared about his money, and not his own family (Genesis 31:14–16). After consulting with his wives, Jacob abruptly left, taking along all of his family and possessions, while Laban was away shearing sheep (Genesis 31:19),. News of this departure would not reach Laban for three days (Genesis 31:22).

After a week-long pursuit and a warning from the Lord about not contradicting Jacob, Laban finally catches up with his fleeing son-in-law. He and his men set up camp near Jacob's camp in the hill country of Gilead. Laban settles in to properly engage with Jacob and his daughters about their unexplained and unannounced departure from his lands and business.