Genesis 33:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 33:19, NIV: "For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent."

Genesis 33:19, ESV: "And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent."

Genesis 33:19, KJV: "And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money."

Genesis 33:19, NASB: "He bought the plot of land where he had pitched his tent from the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money."

Genesis 33:19, NLT: "Jacob bought the plot of land where he camped from the family of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for 100 pieces of silver."

Genesis 33:19, CSB: "He purchased a section of the field where he had pitched his tent from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of silver."

What does Genesis 33:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has officially and safely arrived in the land of Canaan, setting up camp within site of the city of Shechem. Abraham had also camped at Shechem when entering Canaan for the first time after God called him out of his old homeland (Genesis 12:6).

Jacob now buys the land upon which he is camped from the sons of Hamor. Hamor is the father of a son also named Shechem. Jacob purchases the land for 100 kesitahs. We don't know the weight or value of a kesitah. Most translators simply refer to it as money or silver.

The essential thing is that Israel—the new name of Jacob, and the nation formed by his descendants—now owns another piece of property in the land God has promised to them.