Genesis 31:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:5, NIV: "He said to them, 'I see that your father's attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me."

Genesis 31:5, ESV: "and said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me."

Genesis 31:5, KJV: "And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me."

Genesis 31:5, NASB: "and said to them, 'I see your father’s attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as it was before, but the God of my father has been with me."

Genesis 31:5, NLT: "He said to them, 'I have noticed that your father's attitude toward me has changed. But the God of my father has been with me."

Genesis 31:5, CSB: "He said to them, "I can see from your father's face that his attitude toward me is not the same as before, but the God of my father has been with me."

What does Genesis 31:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Lord has told Jacob to return to the land of Canaan (Genesis 28:1–5; 31:3). In addition, Laban and his sons have turned against Jacob. The reason for their change in attitude is selfish and cynical. As long as Laban could benefit from repeatedly cheating Jacob, he favored his son-in-law. Now that their most recent deal (Genesis 30:32–36) has turned into a disaster for Laban, and a blessing for Jacob (Genesis 30:37–43), Laban and his sons are not happy. Rather than wait to go home, Jacob calls his wives to meet him in the field in order to make an immediate decision.

Here, Jacob begins to make the case to his two wives for why they must leave now. He starts by telling them something they likely know: You father doesn't like me anymore. Jacob didn't have Laban's favor. In contrast, Jacob points out that the God of his father Isaac continues to be with him. Jacob wants his wives to understand why it makes sense to trust God and to stop depending on their father. Despite their long-running rivalry (Genesis 30:8), these sisters will show a surprising unity in their response to Jacob's words (Genesis 31:14–16).