Genesis 28:16

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”

Genesis 28:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
ESV
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."
NLT
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”
MSG
16 Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, "God is in this place - truly. And I didn't even know it!"
CSB
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it."

Genesis 28:16 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 28:16

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep
Which had been sweet unto him, and out of his dream, it being now over; and it having left such a weight upon his mind, and such an awe upon his spirits, it might tend the sooner to awaken him; what time it was is not said, perhaps it was in the middle of the night or towards morning, since after this it is said that he rose early in the morning: and he said, surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew [it] not;
God is everywhere, in a general way, upholding all things by his power, as he is immense and omnipresent; but here he was in a special sense, by some signal token of his presence; by a stream of light and glory darting from the heavens, hence Onkelos and Jonathan paraphrase it,

``the glory of the Lord, and the glory of the majesty of the Lord;''
and by the appearance of angels, and by the communications of his mind and will, and grace to Jacob, and that communion he had with him in his dream, of which he was very sensible: for, when he says, "I knew it not", the meaning is, he did not think or expect to meet with God in such a place; he did not know that God ever appeared anywhere but in the houses of his people, such as his father's house; and in the congregation of the faithful, or where the saints met for public worship, or where an altar was erected for God: though sometimes God is present with his people, and they are not sensible of it; as the church in ( Isaiah 41:10 ) ; and as Mary, when Christ was at her elbow, and she knew him not, ( John 20:13 ) .

Genesis 28:16 In-Context

14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Kings 3:15; Jeremiah 31:26