New International Version
Jacob asked the shepherds, "My brothers, where are you from?" "We're from Harran," they replied.
King James Bible
And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob said to them, My brethren, whence are ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
World English Bible
Jacob said to them, "My relatives, where are you from?" They said, "We are from Haran."
Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob saith to them, 'My brethren, from whence are ye?' and they say, 'We are from Haran.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My brethren, whence be ye? - The language of Laban and his family was Chaldee and not Hebrew; (see Genesis 31:47); but from the names which Leah gave to her children we see that the two languages had many words in common, and therefore Jacob and the shepherds might understand each other with little difficulty. It is possible also that Jacob might have learned the Chaldee or Aramitish language from his mother, as this was his mother's tongue.
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LibraryThe Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. (Gen. Xlix. 8-10. )
Ver. 8. "Judah, thou, thy brethren shall praise thee; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; before thee shall bow down the sons of thy father. Ver. 9. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? Ver. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto Him the people shall adhere." Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing …
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Epistle v. To Theoctista, Sister of the Emperor.
Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran.
When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well's mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
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