Genesis 31:54

54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.

Genesis 31:54 in Other Translations

KJV
54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
ESV
54 and Jacob offered a sacrifice in the hill country and called his kinsmen to eat bread. They ate bread and spent the night in the hill country.
NLT
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice to God there on the mountain and invited everyone to a covenant feast. After they had eaten, they spent the night on the mountain.
MSG
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and worshiped, calling in all his family members to the meal. They ate and slept that night on the mountain.
CSB
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat a meal. So they ate a meal and spent the night on the mountain.

Genesis 31:54 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 31:54

Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount
On Mount Gilead, not in a religious way, in which he could not join with Laban, or admit him to it; but in a civil way he "slew a slaughter" F19, or rather made one; that is, as Jarchi explains it, he slew cattle for a feast, as it was usual to make feasts for the several parties concerned in covenant, see ( Genesis 26:30 ) : and called his brethren, to eat bread;
the, men that came with Laban, and him also, these he invited to his feast, for all sorts of food is called bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount;
this affair between Laban and Jacob had took up the whole day, at evening they feasted together upon the covenant being made, and then tarried all night to take their rest.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (hbz-xbzyw) "et mactavit mactationem", Drusius, Cartwright, Schmidt, Ainsworth.

Genesis 31:54 In-Context

52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me.
53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac.
54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.
55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 46:1; Exodus 24:5; Leviticus 3:1
  • 2. S Genesis 26:30