GENESIS 28:15

“I am with you”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

In this verse Jacob sees a ladder from heaven with angels ascending and descending. God tells Jacob: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (NIV).

The context of this verse is a sibling rivalry between Jacob and his firstborn twin bother Esau. Jacob had deceived his blind father into thinking he was Esau. He pretended he was his brother Esau to steal Esau's birthright to get their father's blessing. This verse comes from Jacob's dream as he sleeps while fleeing from his brother Esau. Jacob fears retaliation from Esau for stealing his inheritance birthright. And ‘Jacob's ladder’ is the dream he has during his flight from Esau.

This verse is a source of comfort and encouragement since it reminds us God is always in control. No matter what the circumstances are, God ultimately is behind all outcomes. Worrying like Jacob is often futile as larger forces that only God can influence are at work. When we have faith in God that things will work out for the best, we find unparalleled peace of mind.

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“And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.”

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Genesis 28:15 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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And, behold, וְהִנֵּ֨ה Lo! behold
I אָֽנֹכִ֜י I I
am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with עִמָּ֗ךְ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
thee, and will keep וּשְׁמַרְתִּ֙יךָ֙ Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc keep
thee in all בְּכֹ֣ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
places (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
whither אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whither
thou goest, תֵּלֵ֔ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) goest
and will bring thee again וַהֲשִׁ֣בֹתִ֔יךָ To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again bring again
into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to into
this הַזֹּ֑את This (often used adverb) this
land; הָֽאֲדָמָ֖ה Soil (from its general redness) land
for כִּ֚י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
I will not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
leave אֶֽעֱזָבְךָ֔ To loosen, i.e., relinquish, permit, etc leave
thee, until אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc until
I have done עָשִׂ֔יתִי To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application done
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
I have spoken דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue spoken
to thee of. דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue to thee of

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  • 13  And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

  • 14  And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

  • 15  And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

  • 16  And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

  • 17  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.




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