Genesis 28:16
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New International Version
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it."

New Living Translation
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn't even aware of it!"

English Standard Version
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."

King James Bible
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."

International Standard Version
Then Jacob woke up during the night and told himself, "Surely, the LORD is in this place and I never knew it!"

NET Bible
Then Jacob woke up and thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, but I did not realize it!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jacob woke up from his sleep and exclaimed, "Certainly, the LORD is in this place, and I didn't know it!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place, and I knew it not.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

American King James Version
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

American Standard Version
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely Jehovah is in this place. And I knew it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Jacob awaked out of sleep, he said: Indeed the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I knew [it] not.

English Revised Version
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

World English Bible
Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, "Surely Yahweh is in this place, and I didn't know it."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob awaketh out of his sleep, and saith, 'Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I knew not;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:16-19 God manifested himself and his favour, to Jacob, when he was asleep. The Spirit, like the wind, blows when and where it listeth, and God's grace, like the dew, tarrieth not for the sons of men. Jacob sought to improve the visit God had made him. Wherever we are, in the city or in the desert, in the house or in the field, in the shop or in the street, we may keep up our intercourse with Heaven, if it is not our own fault. But the more we see of God, the more cause we see for holy trembling before him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - And Jacob awaked out of his sleep (during which he had seen and talked with Jehovah), and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. Jacob does not here learn the doctrine of the Divine omnipresence for the first time (Knobel), but now discovers that the covenant God of Abraham revealed himself at other than consecrated places (Rosenmüller, Keil, Lange, Murphy); or perhaps simply gives expression to his astonishment at finding that whereas he fancied himself alone, he was in reality in the company of God - so plus adeptum ease quam sperare ausus fuisset (Calvin).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep,.... Which had been sweet unto him, and out of his dream, it being now over; and it having left such a weight upon his mind, and such an awe upon his spirits, it might tend the sooner to awaken him; what time it was is not said, perhaps it was in the middle of the night or towards morning, since after this it is said that he rose early in the morning:

and he said, surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not; God is everywhere, in a general way, upholding all things by his power, as he is immense and omnipresent; but here he was in a special sense, by some signal token of his presence; by a stream of light and glory darting from the heavens, hence Onkelos and Jonathan paraphrase it,"the glory of the Lord, and the glory of the majesty of the Lord;''and by the appearance of angels, and by the communications of his mind and will, and grace to Jacob, and that communion he had with him in his dream, of which he was very sensible: for, when he says, "I knew it not", the meaning is, he did not think or expect to meet with God in such a place; he did not know that God ever appeared anywhere but in the houses of his people, such as his father's house; and in the congregation of the faithful, or where the saints met for public worship, or where an altar was erected for God: though sometimes God is present with his people, and they are not sensible of it; as the church in Isaiah 41:10; and as Mary, when Christ was at her elbow, and she knew him not, John 20:13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Jacob awaked out of his sleep—His language and his conduct were alike that of a man whose mind was pervaded by sentiments of solemn awe, of fervent piety, and lively gratitude (Jer 31:36).

Genesis 28:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob's Ladder
15"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." 16Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." 17He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
Cross References
Exodus 3:4
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."

Joshua 5:13
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"

1 Kings 3:15
Then Solomon awoke--and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.

Psalm 139:7
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

Jeremiah 31:26
At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
Treasury of Scripture

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