Genesis 49:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 49:31, NIV: There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah.

Genesis 49:31, ESV: There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah—

Genesis 49:31, KJV: There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.

Genesis 49:31, NASB: There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah—

Genesis 49:31, NLT: There Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried. There Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, are buried. And there I buried Leah.

Genesis 49:31, CSB: Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried there, Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried there, and I buried Leah there.

What does Genesis 49:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After a long and often-difficult life (Genesis 47:9), Jacob is making final statements to his sons (Genesis 49:28–30). These last commands involve his burial. He is using his last breath to urgently command his gathered sons to lay his body to rest in the Promised Land of Canaan, not in Egypt. The intended spot is the family tomb, purchased by Abraham for this very purpose (Genesis 23:3–20).

Here, Jacob drives home the importance of this location. Both Abraham and Sarah are buried there, as are his own parents Isaac and Rebekah. In addition, Leah—Jacob's wife and the mother of six of the sons gathered around him—is buried in the cave as well. Now the time has come for Jacob's body to join theirs.