Genesis 33:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 33:18, NIV: "After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city."

Genesis 33:18, ESV: "And Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city."

Genesis 33:18, KJV: "And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city."

Genesis 33:18, NASB: "Now Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and camped before the city."

Genesis 33:18, NLT: "Later, having traveled all the way from Paddan-aram, Jacob arrived safely at the town of Shechem, in the land of Canaan. There he set up camp outside the town."

Genesis 33:18, CSB: "After Jacob came from Paddan-aram, he arrived safely at Shechem in the land of Canaan and camped in front of the city."

What does Genesis 33:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After establishing a permanent structure and a place for his livestock in Succoth, Jacob moves west with his company to the city of Shechem, which is officially in the land of Canaan. He has now fully "arrived" in his homeland. Shechem is also where Abraham camped when first arriving in Canaan after God called him to enter the land of promise (Genesis 12:6).

This location is quite a distance from Seir, in Edom, which is where Jacob's twin brother, Esau, currently lives (Genesis 32:3). Though Jacob told Esau he would follow behind him (Genesis 33:14–15), he actually moved in exactly the opposite direction, heading north towards Succoth before turning west to Sechem.