Genesis 37:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:1, NIV: "Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan."

Genesis 37:1, ESV: "Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan."

Genesis 37:1, KJV: "And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan."

Genesis 37:1, NASB: "Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had lived as a stranger, in the land of Canaan."

Genesis 37:1, NLT: "So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner."

Genesis 37:1, CSB: "Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan."

What does Genesis 37:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This summarizes the story arc which began in Genesis 28, following Jacob's travels and adventures. He had fled home to escape the murderous rage of his twin brother (Genesis 27:42–43). That rage was driven by the bitter favoritism of Jacob's parents (Genesis 25:27–28) and Jacob's own deception (Genesis 27:30–35). After amassing wealth and a large family, Jacob was reunited with his brother (Genesis 33:1–4), but Esau's family moved away because the land couldn't support both massive tribes (Genesis 36:6–8).

Chapter 36 described the descendants of Esau and their conquest of the land of Seir. Jacob, renamed Israel by God (Genesis 35:10), remained in the territory Isaac had never left: the land of Canaan. This is the land God promised to make the possession of Jacob and his descendants (Genesis 12:4–7; 26:1–5; 35:9–12).