Genesis 46:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 46:2, NIV: And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, 'Jacob! Jacob!' 'Here I am,' he replied.

Genesis 46:2, ESV: And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.”

Genesis 46:2, KJV: And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

Genesis 46:2, NASB: And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, 'Jacob, Jacob.' And he said, 'Here I am.'

Genesis 46:2, NLT: During the night God spoke to him in a vision. 'Jacob! Jacob!' he called. 'Here I am,' Jacob replied.

Genesis 46:2, CSB: That night God spoke to Israel in a vision: "Jacob, Jacob! " he said.And Jacob replied, "Here I am."

What does Genesis 46:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has stopped at Beersheba, in the southern part of Canaan (Genesis 26:33), on the way to moving his large family to Egypt. His long-lost son Joseph (Genesis 37:31–34) was found to be alive. In fact, Joseph will provide for the family as a ruler of Egypt during a time of famine (Genesis 45:9–11). Before leaving behind the Promised Land for the last time in his life, however, Jacob builds an altar. He offers sacrifices to the Lord within the borders of the land.

God responds to this act of worship by appearing to Jacob in a night vision. This verse again refers to Jacob using the name Israel, as given to Jacob many years earlier (Genesis 35:10). God, however, calls out using Jacob's birth name. He responds just as he had done when God spoke to him previously (Genesis 31:11).