Genesis 31:23
New International Version
Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

New Living Translation
So he gathered a group of his relatives and set out in hot pursuit. He caught up with Jacob seven days later in the hill country of Gilead.

English Standard Version
he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead.

Berean Study Bible
So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

King James Bible
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

New King James Version
Then he took his brethren with him and pursued him for seven days’ journey, and he overtook him in the mountains of Gilead.

New American Standard Bible
he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days’ journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

NASB 1995
then he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days' journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

NASB 1977
then he took his kinsmen with him, and pursued him a distance of seven days’ journey; and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

Amplified Bible
So he took his relatives with him and pursued him for seven days, and they overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

Christian Standard Bible
So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him at Mount Gilead.

American Standard Version
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he took his brothers with him and pursued after him a seven days’ journey and he overtook him in the Mount of Gilead.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And having taken his brethren with him, he pursued after him seven days' journey, and overtook him on Mount Galaad.

Contemporary English Version
So he took some of his relatives along and chased after Jacob for seven days, before catching up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days; and overtook him in the mount of Galaad.

English Revised Version
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead.

Good News Translation
He took his men with him and pursued Jacob for seven days until he caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He and his relatives pursued Jacob for seven days. Laban caught up with him in the mountains of Gilead.

International Standard Version
so he took his relatives with him and pursued Jacob. Laban was on the road for seven days when he finally caught up with Jacob in the hill country of Gilead.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead.

Literal Standard Version
and he takes his brothers with him, and pursues after him a journey of seven days, and overtakes him in the Mount of Gilead.

NET Bible
So he took his relatives with him and pursued Jacob for seven days. He caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

New Heart English Bible
He took his relatives with him, and pursued after him for seven days, and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

World English Bible
He took his relatives with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey. He overtook him in the mountain of Gilead.

Young's Literal Translation
and he taketh his brethren with him, and pursueth after him a journey of seven days, and overtaketh him in the mount of Gilead.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Laban Pursues Jacob
22On the third day Laban was informed that Jacob had fled. 23So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him in the hill country of Gilead. 24But that night God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream and warned him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”…

Cross References
Genesis 31:22
On the third day Laban was informed that Jacob had fled.

Genesis 31:24
But that night God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream and warned him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."


Treasury of Scripture

And he took his brothers with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

Genesis 13:8
And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Genesis 24:27
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

Exodus 2:11,13
And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren…









(23) His brethren.--As Jacob, who had no relatives with him except his sons, applies this term in Genesis 31:46 to his followers, it is, probably, an honourable way of describing retainers, who were freemen and of a higher class than men-servants.

Seven days' journey.--The route chosen by Jacob was apparently the more easterly one, past Tadmor, and through the Hauran, leaving Damascus to the west. The hill, which subsequently was called Mount Gilead, lay to the south of the Jabbok; but asMahanaim, reached some days after the meeting with Laban, is to the north of that river, the word Gilead was evidently applied to the whole of the region of chalk cliffs on the east of the Jordan. This is made certain by the fact that Laban overtook Jacob in seven days. But as the distance from Haran to the most northerly part of this country (afterwards assigned to the half-tribe of Manasseh) was fully three hundred miles, it would require hard riding on the part of Laban and his brethren to enable them to overtake Jacob, even on the borders of this region. There is no difficulty about Jacob's movements. His flocks were pastured at so remote a distance from Haran that it would be easy for him to send them in detachments to the ford of the Euphrates, distant about sixty or seventy miles; he would make all the arrangements with his four elder sons and trusty servants, and, probably, even see them across the ford himself, and would return to Haran to fetch his wives and younger children only when all was well advanced. Finally, when Laban goes to a distance, in another direction, for his sheep-shearing, Jacob "sets his sons and his wives upon camels," and follows with the utmost speed. They would have remained quietly at Haran to the last, to avoid suspicion, and, excepting Leah's four elder sons, the rest would have been too young to be of much use. When Jacob, with his wives, overtook the cattle, they would, probably, not travel more than ten or twelve miles a day; but three days passed before Laban learned what had taken place, and a couple of days at least must have been spent in returning to Haran and preparing for the pursuit. Thus Jacob had reached Canaanite ground--a matter of very considerable importance--before his father-in-law overtook him.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So he took
וַיִּקַּ֤ח (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

his kinsmen
אֶחָיו֙ (’e·ḥāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

with him,
עִמּ֔וֹ (‘im·mōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

pursued
וַיִּרְדֹּ֣ף (way·yir·dōp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute

Jacob
אַחֲרָ֔יו (’a·ḥă·rāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

for seven
שִׁבְעַ֣ת (šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

days,
יָמִ֑ים (yā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

and overtook
וַיַּדְבֵּ֥ק (way·yaḏ·bêq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

him at Mount
בְּהַ֥ר (bə·har)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

Gilead.
הַגִּלְעָֽד׃ (hag·gil·‘āḏ)
Article | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1568: Gilead -- a region in Palestine, also the name of several Israelites


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