Genesis 35:5

5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

Read Genesis 35:5 Using Other Translations

And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.

What does Genesis 35:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 35:5

And they journeyed
Jacob and his family, with all that were with them, from Shechem to Bethel:

and the terror of God was upon the cities that [were] round about
them;
an exceeding great panic seized the inhabitants of the cities of the land of Canaan, all about Shechem, which was from God himself impressing it on their minds, through what the sons of Jacob had done to that city:

and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob;
as it might have been thought they would, and take revenge on them for their ill usage of the inhabitants of a neighbouring city; but instead of this, they were afraid they should be used in the same manner; wherefore Jacob and his family journeyed in safety, and came to Bethel in peace.

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