Genesis 31:23

23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

Read Genesis 31:23 Using Other Translations

And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead.
So he gathered a group of his relatives and set out in hot pursuit. He caught up with Jacob seven days later in the hill country of Gilead.

What does Genesis 31:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 31:23

And he took his brethren with him
Some of his relations, the descendants of his father's brethren, the sons of Nahor, of whom there were seven, besides Bethuel; and who all perhaps lived in Haran the city of Nahor, see ( Genesis 22:20-24 ) ; or some of his neighbours and acquaintance whom he might call to: and pursued after him seven days' journey;
which must be reckoned, not from Jacob's departure from Haran, but from Laban's; for Laban being three days' journey from thence, whither he had to return, after he received the news of Jacob being gone; Jacob must have travelled six days before Laban set out with his brethren from Haran; so that this was, as Ben Gerson conjectures, the thirteenth day of Jacob's travel; for Laban not having cattle to drive as Jacob, could travel as fast again as he, and do that in seven days which took up Jacob thirteen: and they overtook him in the mount Gilead;
said to be three hundred and eighty miles from Haran F5.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 Bunting's Travels, p. 72.
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