Genesis 13:3

3 And he returned by the way, that he came, from the south to Bethel, to the place where before he had pitched his tent between Bethel and Hai,

Genesis 13:3 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 13:3

And he went on in his journeys from the south
He took the same tour, went the same road, stopping at the same resting places, as when he went down to Egypt; having learned, as Jarchi observes, the way of the earth, that a man should not change his host. Though some, as Ben Gersom, understand it of his taking his journeys as were suitable for his cattle, as they were able to bear them, and not overdrive them, lest he should kill them, but made short stages, and frequently stopped and rested. And thus he went on through the southern part of the land, until he came

even to Bethel;
as it was afterwards called, though now Luz, ( Genesis 28:19 )

unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning;
when he first came into the land of Canaan, to a mountain

between Bethel and Hai;
afterwards called Mount Ephraim, and was four miles from Jerusalem on the north F20; see ( Genesis 12:8 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F20 Bunting's Travels p. 59.

Genesis 13:3 In-Context

1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him into the south.
2 And he was very rich in possession of gold and silver.
3 And he returned by the way, that he came, from the south to Bethel, to the place where before he had pitched his tent between Bethel and Hai,
4 In the place of the altar which he had made before, and there he called upon the name of the Lord.
5 But Lot also, who was with Abram, had flocks of sheep, and herds of beasts, and tents.