Genesis 35:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 35:14, NIV: "Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it."

Genesis 35:14, ESV: "And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it."

Genesis 35:14, KJV: "And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon."

Genesis 35:14, NASB: "So Jacob set up a memorial stone in the place where He had spoken with him, a memorial of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it."

Genesis 35:14, NLT: "Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil."

Genesis 35:14, CSB: "Jacob set up a marker at the place where he had spoken to him--a stone marker. He poured a drink offering on it and poured oil on it."

What does Genesis 35:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God appeared to Jacob more than twenty years earlier (Genesis 28:10–12), as he fled from his brother Esau (Genesis 27:42). In that first meeting, the Lord promised Jacob he would share in the blessings given to his ancestors (Genesis 28:13–14). More recently, God encountered Jacob and changed his name to Israel (Genesis 32:28). When Jacob returned to the place of his first divine meeting (Genesis 35:1), God reminded Him of these events and confirmed those promises (Genesis 35:9–13).

Now Jacob follows his pattern of worship following an appearance from the Lord. This is similar to what he did when God first appeared to him in Bethel, as he was leaving the land of Canaan (Genesis 28:18). Jacob now builds a stone pillar in worship to God. Then he pours over it both a drink offering and oil. This is the first mention of a drink offering in the Old Testament. Similar acts of worship will later be included, in various forms, in the law of Moses given to Jacob's descendants as instructions for worshiping God.