Jacob is continuing his journey. Real and metaphorical journeys are all the “thing”. I was raised Unitarian so “the journey is the answer”. I don’t think it is that simple anymore. But it struck me that:
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the people of the east.
It doesn’t say this is the end of his journey — it isn’t. It don’t say what the journey was like or what he saw or learned or heard on the journey. The journey, here, isn’t the answer. The “answer” here is the stop. He’s stopped right here, for now, when he came to the people of the east. And that “stopping” — and reaching out for human connection — is what is going to change his circumstances and his life.
Also the comma shouldn’t be there, or the sentence should be written differently. It should be:
Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the people of the east.
Then Jacob went on his journey, and he came to the people of the east.
Now this is drilling into scripture, eh?
I can see him, on a little rise or ridge or hilltop, looking downward. And all these sheep and all these shepherds are below, with a very large well in the center. The grass or whatever would be rather worn, is my guess, if the sheep are taken there every day. The sheep are lying down so they aren’t distressed by the lack of water or pasture or not yet.
It isn’t just Jacob that has paused a moment to look things over. It is like a stage is about to come to life.