Genesis 31:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:4, NIV: So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.

Genesis 31:4, ESV: So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was

Genesis 31:4, KJV: And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

Genesis 31:4, NASB: So Jacob sent word and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,

Genesis 31:4, NLT: So Jacob called Rachel and Leah out to the field where he was watching his flock.

Genesis 31:4, CSB: Jacob had Rachel and Leah called to the field where his flocks were.

What does Genesis 31:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is aware that Laban's sons are grumbling against him and that he has lost Laban's favor. In addition, the Lord has just told Jacob to leave and return to the Promised Land of Canaan. It's finally time for Jacob to go back home (Genesis 28:1–5).

Jacob does not return home to begin making arrangements to pack up his enormous family and possessions and move out. Instead, he calls his wives to come to him in the field, away from home. Perhaps he wants to assure that their conversation will be private. He will definitely seek their support in leaving their own father and brothers and homeland very quickly and with little warning.

In the following verses, Jacob will make his case for why they must go now.