Genesis 35:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 35:3, NIV: "Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.'"

Genesis 35:3, ESV: "Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”"

Genesis 35:3, KJV: "And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went."

Genesis 35:3, NASB: "and let’s arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me on the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.'"

Genesis 35:3, NLT: "We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.'"

Genesis 35:3, CSB: "We must get up and go to Bethel. I will build an altar there to the God who answered me in my day of distress. He has been with me everywhere I have gone.""

What does Genesis 35:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob had fled from the Promised Land of Canaan more than two decades earlier (Genesis 27:42). At that time, the Lord appeared to him in a dream to deliver the powerful covenant promises first made to Abraham and Isaac. In response, Jacob had made a conditional vow. If the Lord would remain with him and provide enough to eat until he returned, Jacob would make the Lord his God, would recognize Bethel as God's house, and would give to the Lord a tenth of all he received (Genesis 28:20–22).

God has called Jacob to keep his vows. So, Jacob acknowledges to his household that they are going to Bethel to build an altar because of God's faithfulness to him. God has answered Jacob's prayers in every crisis he has faced. God has never left him in all of his travels out of the land and back again. Jacob acknowledges that it is right that he should now fulfill his vows to the Lord.