Genesis 35:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 35:9, NIV: "After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him."

Genesis 35:9, ESV: "God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him."

Genesis 35:9, KJV: "And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him."

Genesis 35:9, NASB: "Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him."

Genesis 35:9, NLT: "Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him,"

Genesis 35:9, CSB: "God appeared to Jacob again after he returned from Paddan-aram, and he blessed him."

What does Genesis 35:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Jacob fled into Paddan-aram (Genesis 27:42), he slept alone in an area where he had an encounter with God (Genesis 28:10–22). There, he promised to worship God alone. Decades later, God has commanded Jacob to return to the location of this event (Genesis 35:1). Jacob had obeyed by burying his family's idols (Genesis 35:4) and relocating, divinely protected from harassment by other tribes (Genesis 35:5).

God seems to view Jacob's return to Bethel and the building of the altar to the Lord as his official return to the land of promise. The Lord appears to Jacob once more, to deliver to Jacob the strongest blessing and most thorough set of promises given thus far. The exact nature of this appearance is not clear. Whether this was a human-like appearance, or a more obscure form, Scripture does not say.