Genesis 33:17

17 Jacob journeyed to 1Succoth, and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore * the place is named * Succoth.

Genesis 33:17 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 33:17

And Jacob journeyed to Succoth
Perhaps after he had been at Seir, and stayed there some little time. Succoth was on the other side of Jordan, so called by anticipation, for it had its name from what follows; as yet there was no city built here, or at least of this name; afterwards there was, it lay in a valley, and belonged to Sihon king of Heshbon, and was given to the tribe of Gad, ( Joshua 13:27 ) ; it is mentioned along with Penuel, and was not far from it, ( Judges 8:8 ) . It is said to be but two miles distant from it F21, but one would think it should be more: and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle;
an house for himself and family, and booths or tents for his servants or shepherds, and for the cattle they had the care of, some for one, and some for the other. This he did with an intention to stay some time here, as it should seem; and the Targum of Jonathan says he continued here a whole year, and Jarchi eighteen months, a winter and two summers; but this is all uncertain: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth;
from the booths or tents built here, which this word signifies.


F21 Bunting's Travels, p. 72.

Genesis 33:17 In-Context

15 Esau said, "Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." But he said, "What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord ."
16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.
17 Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth.
18 Now Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram, and camped before the city.
19 He bought the piece of land where he had pitched his tent from the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for one hundred pieces of money.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Joshua 13:27; Judges 8:5, 14; Psalms 60:6

Footnotes 1

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