Genesis 48:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 48:3, NIV: Jacob said to Joseph, 'God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me

Genesis 48:3, ESV: And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,

Genesis 48:3, KJV: And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,

Genesis 48:3, NASB: Then Jacob said to Joseph, 'God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,

Genesis 48:3, NLT: Jacob said to Joseph, 'God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me.

Genesis 48:3, CSB: Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me.

What does Genesis 48:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has arrived at his father's bedside once again (Genesis 47:29–31), this time after receiving news that Jacob is near death. Joseph has arrived with his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim to receive a final blessing from Jacob (Genesis 48:1–2).

After sitting up to receive them, with much effort, Jacob recalls the moment God appeared to him at Luz. Jacob refers to the Lord as "God Almighty," literally El Shaddai. Luz was the old name for the town of Bethel. It is not uncommon for someone nearing the end of his life to re-tell meaningful moments from their life. This, however, is different. Jacob will remind Joseph about the covenant promises the Lord has made to him. Specifically, he will describe the Lord's promise to make him into a great people who will occupy the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession (Genesis 28:13–14).