Genesis 37:1 "And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan."
“And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger “: And this stands opposed unto, and is distinguished from the case and circumstances of Esau and his posterity, expressed in the preceding chapter, who dwelt in the land of their possession, not as strangers and sojourners, as Jacob and his seed, but as lords and proprietors.
And so these words may be introduced and read in connection with the former history; "but Jacob dwelt", etc. And this verse would better conclude the preceding chapter than begin a new one.
This by-line into the story of Jacob’s son, Joseph, informs the reader that Jacob’s father, Isaac, hence his sons as well, though in the land, had not yet entered into possession of their inheritance. They were still alien residents.
“Land of Canaan”: Actually, Jacob and his family were in Hebron (verse 14; see note on 13:18).