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Genesis 31:45-47

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31:45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a memorial pillar. 31:46 Then he 1  said to his relatives, “Gather stones.” So they brought stones and put them in a pile. 2  They ate there by the pile of stones. 31:47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, 3  but Jacob called it Galeed. 4 

1 tn Heb “Jacob”; the proper name has been replaced by the pronoun (“he”) in the translation for stylistic reasons.

2 sn The Hebrew word for “pile” is גַּל (gal), which sounds like the name “Galeed” (גַּלְעֵד, galed). See v. 48.

3 sn Jegar Sahadutha. Laban the Aramean gave the place an Aramaic name which means “witness pile” or “the pile is a witness.”

4 sn Galeed also means “witness pile” or “the pile is a witness,” but this name is Canaanite or Western Semitic and closer to later Hebrew. Jacob, though certainly capable of speaking Aramaic, here prefers to use the western dialect.



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