Genesis 27:42–44—Did Jacob return to Haran to flee Esau or to get a wife?
Problem: Here Rebekah told Jacob, “Flee to my brother Laban in Haran. And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away.” But, in Genesis 28:2 the reason given is to “take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.” Which was it?
Solution: Jacob returned for both reasons. Two or more reasons for the same thing are not uncommon in the Bible. Compare the following:
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