Genesis 35:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 35:27, NIV: "Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed."

Genesis 35:27, ESV: "And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned."

Genesis 35:27, KJV: "And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned."

Genesis 35:27, NASB: "Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had resided."

Genesis 35:27, NLT: "So Jacob returned to his father, Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as foreigners."

Genesis 35:27, CSB: "Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed."

What does Genesis 35:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob and his company, including family and servants, have come from Bethel, after being called away from Shechem by God (Genesis 33:19; 35:1, 21). Their new location is the same as their family burial plot. This was acquired by Abraham when his wife Sarah died (Genesis 23:2–4). It is one of the places both Abraham (Genesis 13:18) and Isaac had lived in the Promised Land of Canaan.

No further details are given other than that Jacob has come to the place where his father still lived. We're not sure if Jacob had spoken with Isaac, at all, since he fled from his brother Esau (Genesis 27:42). No mention is made of Jacob's mother, Rebekah, who most likely died in the time Jacob was gone (Genesis 49:31).