Genesis 29:4

4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied.

Read Genesis 29:4 Using Other Translations

And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where do you come from?" They said, "We are from Haran."
Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked, “Where are you from, my friends?” “We are from Haran,” they answered.

What does Genesis 29:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 29:4

And Jacob said unto them
To the shepherds, though not expressly mentioned; it cannot be imagined he spoke to the flocks, but to the keepers of them: my brethren, whence [be] ye?
a kind and affable way of speaking, used even to strangers, since all men are brethren by nature; or might be used by Jacob, because they were of the same occupation with himself, shepherds, asking them of what city they were, and from whence they came? and which being answered, would lead on to a conversation, which was what he wanted: and they said, of Haran [are] we;
the very place he was bound for, and was sent unto, ( Genesis 27:43 ) ( 28:10 ) .

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