Genesis 49:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 49:30, NIV: the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite.

Genesis 49:30, ESV: in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place.

Genesis 49:30, KJV: In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.

Genesis 49:30, NASB: in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is opposite Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site.

Genesis 49:30, NLT: This is the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a permanent burial site.

Genesis 49:30, CSB: The cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre, in the land of Canaan. This is the field Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hethite as burial property.

What does Genesis 49:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is on his death bed (Genesis 48:1), speaking his last words. Those words take the form of an urgent command to his sons: bury his body in the family tomb in Canaan (Genesis 47:29–30). Jacob does not want to be buried in Egypt. He knows that is not where his body belongs. It belongs with that of his father and grandfather and their wives.

Jacob provides very specific directions to the burial cave beginning in the previous verse. It is located in the field of Ephron the Hittite at Machpelah, east of Mamre. He reminds his sons—who have undoubtedly heard this before—that the cave was purchased by their great grandfather Abraham. It is one of the few places in Canaan that the family already owns, in this case by legal contract (Genesis 23:17–20).