New English Translation
3 May the Sovereign God[a] bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants![b] Then you will become[c] a large nation.[d] 4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing he gave to Abraham[e] so that you may possess the land[f] God gave to Abraham, the land where you have been living as a temporary resident.”[g] 5 So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.Read full chapter
- Genesis 28:3 tn Heb “El Shaddai.” See the extended note on the phrase “sovereign God” in Gen 17:1.
- Genesis 28:3 tn Heb “and make you fruitful and multiply you.” See Gen 17:6, 20 for similar terminology.
- Genesis 28:3 tn The perfect verbal form with vav (ו) consecutive here indicates consequence. The collocation הָיָה plus preposition ל (hayah plus lamed) means “become.”
- Genesis 28:3 tn Heb “an assembly of peoples.”
- Genesis 28:4 tn Heb “and may he give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your offspring with you.” The name “Abraham” is an objective genitive here; this refers to the blessing that God gave to Abraham.
- Genesis 28:4 tn The words “the land” have been supplied in the translation for clarity.
- Genesis 28:4 tn Heb “the land of your sojournings,” that is, the land where Jacob had been living as a resident foreigner, as his future descendants would after him.