Genesis 35:5
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New International Version
Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

New Living Translation
As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob's family.

English Standard Version
And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

Berean Study Bible
As they set out, a terror from God fell over the surrounding cities, so that they did not pursue Jacob’s sons.

New American Standard Bible
As they journeyed, there was a great terror upon the cities which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

King James Bible
And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

Christian Standard Bible
When they set out, a terror from God came over the cities around them, and they did not pursue Jacob's sons.

Contemporary English Version
While Jacob and his family were traveling through Canaan, God terrified the people in the towns so much that no one dared bother them.

Good News Translation
When Jacob and his sons started to leave, great fear fell on the people of the nearby towns, and they did not pursue them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they set out, a terror from God came over the cities around them, and they did not pursue Jacob's sons.

International Standard Version
As they set out on their journey, because the people who lived in the cities around them feared God, they did not pursue Jacob's sons.

NET Bible
and they started on their journey. The surrounding cities were afraid of God, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

New Heart English Bible
They traveled, and a terror of God was on the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As they moved on, God made the people of the cities that were all around them terrified so that no one pursued them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they journeyed; and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

New American Standard 1977
As they journeyed, there was a great terror upon the cities which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

King James 2000 Bible
And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

American King James Version
And they journeyed: and the terror of God was on the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

American Standard Version
And they journeyed: and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they were departed, the terror of God fell upon all the cities round about, and they durst not pursue after them as they went away.

Darby Bible Translation
And they journeyed; and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

English Revised Version
And they journeyed: and a great terror was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they journeyed: and the terror of God was on the cities that were round them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

World English Bible
They traveled, and a terror of God was on the cities that were around them, and they didn't pursue the sons of Jacob.

Young's Literal Translation
and they journey, and the terror of God is on the cities which are round about them, and they have not pursued after the sons of Jacob.
Study Bible
Jacob Returns to Bethel
4So they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and all their earrings, and Jacob buried them under the oak near Shechem. 5As they set out, a terror from God fell over the surrounding cities, so that they did not pursue Jacob’s sons. 6So Jacob and everyone with him arrived in Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.…
Cross References
Genesis 35:4
So they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and all their earrings, and Jacob buried them under the oak near Shechem.

Exodus 15:16
and terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of Your arm they will be as still as a stone until Your people pass by, O LORD, until the people You bought pass by.

Exodus 23:27
I will send My terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn and run.

Deuteronomy 2:25
This very day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon all the nations under heaven. They will hear the reports of you and tremble in anguish because of you."

1 Samuel 14:15
Terror struck the Philistines in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. Even those in the outposts and raiding parties trembled. Indeed, the earth quaked and panic spread from God.

Psalm 105:14
He let no man oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf:

Treasury of Scripture

And they journeyed: and the terror of God was on the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

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Exodus 23:27 I will send my fear before you, and will destroy all the people to …

Exodus 34:24 For I will cast out the nations before you, and enlarge your borders: …

Deuteronomy 11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you…

Joshua 2:9-11 And she said to the men, I know that the LORD has given you the land, …

Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were …

1 Samuel 11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them …

1 Samuel 14:15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all …

2 Chronicles 14:14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of …

2 Chronicles 17:10 And the fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that …

Psalm 14:5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.







(5) The terror . . . --Heb., a terror of God, that is, a very great terror (see Genesis 23:6; Genesis 30:8). But to the deeply religious mind of the Hebrew everything that was great and wonderful was the result of the direct working of the Deity. (But see Note on Genesis 48:22.)

Verse 5. - And they journeyed (from Shechem, after the work of reformation just described): and the terror of God - meaning not simply a great terror, as in Genesis 23:6; Genesis 30:8 (Dathe, Bush), but either a supernatural dread inspired by Elohim (Ainsworth, Clericus, Rosenmüller, Keil, Kalisch, and others), or a fear of Elohim, under whose care Jacob manifestly bad been taken (Murphy, Quarry) - was upon the cities that were round about them, - literally, in their circuits, i.e. wherever they went - and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob - as might have been expected. And they journeyed,.... Jacob and his family, with all that were with them, from Shechem to Bethel:

and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them; an exceeding great panic seized the inhabitants of the cities of the land of Canaan, all about Shechem, which was from God himself impressing it on their minds, through what the sons of Jacob had done to that city:

and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob; as it might have been thought they would, and take revenge on them for their ill usage of the inhabitants of a neighbouring city; but instead of this, they were afraid they should be used in the same manner; wherefore Jacob and his family journeyed in safety, and came to Bethel in peace. 5. the terror of God was upon the cities—There was every reason to apprehend that a storm of indignation would burst from all quarters upon Jacob's family, and that the Canaanite tribes would have formed one united plan of revenge. But a supernatural panic seized them; and thus, for the sake of the "heir of the promise," the protecting shield of Providence was specially held over his family.35:1-5 Beth-el was forgotten. But as many as God loves, he will remind of neglected duties, one way or other, by conscience or by providences. When we have vowed a vow to God, it is best not to defer the payment of it; yet better late than never. Jacob commanded his household to prepare, not only for the journey and removal, but for religious services. Masters of families should use their authority to keep up religion in their families, Jos 24:15. They must put away strange gods. In families where there is a face of religion, and an altar to God, yet many times there is much amiss, and more strange gods than one would suppose. They must be clean, and change their garments. These were but outward ceremonies, signifying the purifying and change of the heart. What are clean clothes, and new clothes, without a clean heart, and a new heart? If Jacob had called for these idols sooner, they had parted with them sooner. Sometimes attempts for reformation succeed better than we could have thought. Jacob buried their images. We must be wholly separated from our sins, as we are from those that are dead and buried out of sight. He removed from Shechem to Beth-el. Though the Canaanites were very angry against the sons of Jacob for their barbarous usage of the Shechemites, yet they were so kept back by Divine power, that they could not take the opportunity now offered to avenge them. The way of duty is the way of safety. When we are about God's work, we are under special protection; God is with us, while we are with him; and if He be for us, who can be against us? God governs the world more by secret terrors on men's minds than we are aware of.
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