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Genesis 29:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the children of the east.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Jacob continued his journey, and went into the land of the children of the east.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then Jacob lifted up his feet,—and went his way towards the land of the sons of the East.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Jacob lifteth up his feet, and goeth towards the land of the sons of the east;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then Jacob went on in his journey, and came into the east country.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then Iacob went on his iourney, and came into the land of the people of the East.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Jacob started and went to the land of the east to Laban, the son of Bethuel{gr.Bathuel} the Syrian, and the brother of Rebekah{gr.Rebecca}, mother of Jacob and Esau.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Then Yaaqov went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then Ya`áköv יַעֲקֹב 3290
{3290} Prime
From H6117; heel catcher (that is, supplanter); Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch.
went on y5375
[5375] Standard
A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
his journey, 7272
{7272} Prime
From H7270; a foot (as used in walking); by implication a step; by euphemism the pudenda.
(5375) Complement
A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively.
and came y3212
[3212] Standard
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
(1980) Complement
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
into the land 776
{0776} Prime
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
of the people 1121
{1121} Prime
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of the east. 6924
{6924} Prime
From H6923; the front, of palce (absolutely the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity); often used adverbially (before, anciently, eastward).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 29:1

_ _ Genesis 29:1-35. The well of Haran.

_ _ Then Jacob went, etc. — Hebrew, “lifted up his feet.” He resumed his way next morning with a light heart and elastic step after the vision of the ladder; for tokens of the divine favor tend to quicken the discharge of duty (Nehemiah 8:10).

_ _ and came into the land, etc. — Mesopotamia and the whole region beyond the Euphrates are by the sacred writers designated “the East” (Judges 6:3; 1 Kings 4:30; Job 1:3). Between the first and the second clause of this verse is included a journey of four hundred miles.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 29:1-8

_ _ All the stages Israel's march to Canaan are distinctly noticed, but no particular journal is kept of Jacob's expedition further than Beth-el; no, he had no more such happy nights as he had at Beth-el, no more such visions of the Almighty. That was intended for a feast; he must not expect it to be his daily bread. But, 1. We are here told how cheerfully he proceeded in his journey after the sweet communion he had with God at Beth-el: Then Jacob lifted up his feet; so the margin reads it, Genesis 29:1. Then he went on with cheerfulness and alacrity, not burdened with his cares, nor cramped with his fears, being assured of God's gracious presence with him. Note, After the visions we have had of God, and the vows we have made to him in solemn ordinances, we should run the way of his commandments with enlarged hearts, Hebrews 12:1. 2. How happily he arrived at his journey's end. Providence brought him to the very field where his uncle's flocks were to be watered, and there he met with Rachel, who was to be his wife. Observe, (1.) The divine Providence is to be acknowledged in all the little circumstances which concur to make a journey, or other undertaking, comfortable and successful. If, when we are at a loss, we meet seasonably with those that can direct us — if we meet with a disaster, and those are at hand that will help us — we must not say that it was by chance, nor that fortune therein favoured us, but that it was by Providence, and that God therein favoured us. Our ways are ways of pleasantness, if we continually acknowledge God in them. (2.) Those that have flocks must look well to them, and be diligent to know their state, Proverbs 27:23. What is here said of the constant care of the shepherds concerning their sheep (Genesis 29:2, Genesis 29:3, Genesis 29:7, Genesis 29:8) may serve to illustrate the tender concern which our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, has for his flock, the church; for he is the good Shepherd, that knows his sheep, and is known of them, John 10:14. The stone at the well's mouth, which is so often mentioned here, was either to secure their property in it (for water was scarce, it was not there usus communis aquarumfor every one's use), or it was to save the well from receiving damage from the heat of the sun, or from any spiteful hand, or to prevent the lambs of the flock from being drowned in it. (3.) Separate interests should not take us from joint and mutual help; when all the shepherds came together with their flocks, then, like loving neighbours, at watering-time, they watered their flocks together. (4.) It becomes us to speak civilly and respectfully to strangers. Though Jacob was no courtier, but a plain man, dwelling in tents, and a stranger to compliment, yet he addresses himself very obligingly to the people he met with, and calls them his brethren, Genesis 29:4. The law of kindness in the tongue has a commanding power, Proverbs 31:26. Some think he calls them brethren because they were of the same trade, shepherds like him. Though he was now upon his preferment, he was not ashamed of his occupation. (5.) Those that show respect have usually respect shown to them. As Jacob was civil to these strangers, so he found them civil to him. When he undertook to teach them how to despatch their business (Genesis 29:7), they did not bid him meddle with his own concerns and let them alone; but, though he was a stranger, they gave him the reason of their delay, Genesis 29:8. Those that are neighbourly and friendly shall have neighbourly and friendly usage.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 29:1

Then Jacob (a) went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

(a) Or, "lifted up his feet".

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Psalms 119:60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

went on his journey:
Heb. lifted up his feet


Genesis 22:20-23 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; ... And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
Genesis 24:10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master [were] in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
Genesis 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
Genesis 28:5-7 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. ... And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
Numbers 23:7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, [saying], Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
Judges 6:3 And [so] it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
Judges 6:33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
Judges 7:12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels [were] without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
Judges 8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna [were] in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand [men], all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
1 Kings 4:30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep].

Heb. children

The district of Mesopotamia, and the whole country beyond the Euphrates, are called Kedem, or the East, in the Sacred Writings.
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Gn 22:20; 24:10; 25:20; 28:5. Nu 23:7. Jg 6:3, 33; 7:12; 8:10. 1K 4:30. Ps 119:32, 60. Ec 9:7. Ho 12:12.

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