Genesis 31:3
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New International Version
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you."

English Standard Version
Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD said to him, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you."

International Standard Version
Then the LORD ordered Jacob, "Go back to your father's territory and to your relatives. I'll be with you."

NET Bible
The LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives. I will be with you."

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your ancestors and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto Jacob: 'Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you.

American King James Version
And the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Especially the Lord saying to him: Return into the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred, and I will be with thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to Jacob, Return into the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Jacob, 'Turn back unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred, and I am with thee.'
Study Bible
Jacob Flees from Laban
2Jacob saw the attitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly. 3Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you." 4So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,…
Cross References
Genesis 26:3
"Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.

Genesis 28:15
"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."

Genesis 31:2
Jacob saw the attitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly.

Genesis 31:4
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,

Genesis 32:9
Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,'

Genesis 35:3
and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone."

Exodus 3:12
And He said, "Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain."
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you.

Return.

Genesis 28:15,20,21 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where …

Genesis 32:9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father …

Genesis 35:1 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and …

Genesis 46:2,3 And God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, …

Genesis 50:24 And Joseph said to his brothers, I die: and God will surely visit you…

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein you have afflicted us, …

land.

Genesis 31:13,18 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar, and where …

Genesis 13:15 For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your …

Genesis 26:3-5 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; …

Genesis 28:4,13,15 And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with …

Genesis 30:25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said …

with thee.

Genesis 21:22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the …

Genesis 26:24 And the LORD appeared to him the same night, and said, I am the God …

Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where …

Genesis 32:9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

(3) The Lord said unto Jacob.--This is probably the revelation, more exactly described in Genesis 31:10-13, as given to Jacob in a dream. It is there ascribed to Elohim, but here to Jehovah. The narrator's purpose in this, probably, is to show that while Jacob regarded the providence that watched over him as the act of Elohim, it was really in His character of Jehovah, the covenant-God, that He thus guarded him. (See Note on Genesis 26:29.)

Thy kindred.--Heb., thy birthplace, as in Genesis 12:1; Genesis 24:4; Genesis 24:7, &c.

Verse 3. - And the Lord - Jehovah; since the entire journey to Padan-aram had been conducted under his special care, vide Genesis 28:15 (Hengstenberg), and not because the first three verses of this chapter have been inserted or modified by the Jehovist (Tuch, Block, et al.) - said unto Jacob, probably in a dream (cf. vers. 5, 10, 11). Return unto the land of thy fathers (i.e. Canaan), and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. So Jehovah had promised at Bethel twenty years before (Genesis 28:15). And the Lord said unto Jacob,.... In answer to a prayer of his; or seeing what difficulties and discouragements Jacob laboured under, he appeared unto him for his encouragement and instruction how to proceed:

return unto the land of thy fathers; the land of Canaan, given to Abraham and Isaac by promise:

and to thy kindred: his father and mother, and brother, who all dwelt in the land of Canaan at this time, or as many as were living: or "to thy nativity" (w), the place where he was born, and to which he must have a natural desire to return: and

I will be with thee; to protect him from any injury that might be attempted to be done unto him, either by Laban or Esau.

(w) "ad natale solum", Tigurine version; "ad nativitatem tuam", Vatablus, Drusius. 3. the Lord said … Return unto the land of thy fathers—Notwithstanding the ill usage he had received, Jacob might not have deemed himself at liberty to quit his present sphere, under the impulse of passionate fretfulness and discontent. Having been conducted to Haran by God (Ge 28:15) and having got a promise that the same heavenly Guardian would bring him again into the land of Canaan, he might have thought he ought not to leave it, without being clearly persuaded as to the path of duty. So ought we to set the Lord before us, and to acknowledge Him in all our ways, our journeys, our settlements, and plans in life.31:1-21 The affairs of these families are related very minutely, while (what are called) the great events of states and kingdoms at that period, are not mentioned. The Bible teaches people the common duties of life, how to serve God, how to enjoy the blessings he bestows, and to do good in the various stations and duties of life. Selfish men consider themselves robbed of all that goes past them, and covetousness will even swallow up natural affection. Men's overvaluing worldly wealth is that error which is the root of covetousness, envy, and all evil. The men of the world stand in each other's way, and every one seems to be taking away from the rest; hence discontent, envy, and discord. But there are possessions that will suffice for all; happy they who seek them in the first place. In all our removals we should have respect to the command and promise of God. If He be with us, we need not fear. The perils which surround us are so many, that nothing else can really encourage our hearts. To remember favoured seasons of communion with God, is very refreshing when in difficulties; and we should often recollect our vows, that we fail not to fulfil them.
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