Genesis 31:55 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:55, NIV: "Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home."

Genesis 31:55, ESV: "Early in the morning Laban arose and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned home."

Genesis 31:55, KJV: "And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place."

Genesis 31:55, NASB: "Then early in the morning Laban got up, and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place."

Genesis 31:55, NLT: "Laban got up early the next morning, and he kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home."

Genesis 31:55, CSB: "Laban got up early in the morning, kissed his grandchildren and daughters, and blessed them. Then Laban left to return home."

What does Genesis 31:55 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Genesis 31 ends with a poignant scene. The long feared and awaited confrontation between Laban and Jacob has taken place. Both have made their case. They have made a covenant that will officially separate Jacob and his family from Laban on either side of the marker stones they have built together.

Now Laban bids farewell to his daughters and grandchildren. He has proved himself a hard and often dishonest man, but he has also expressed his affection for his family. He kisses them and blesses them, and then he rides off with his sons in the opposite direction.

The conflict between Laban and Jacob has been resolved, though with great fear, pain, and heartache. Jacob is now free to begin his life again in the Promised Land of Canaan.