Genesis 28:12
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New International Version
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

New Living Translation
As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.

English Standard Version
And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!

New American Standard Bible
He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

King James Bible
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground with its top reaching heaven, and God's angels were going up and down on it.

International Standard Version
when he had a dream! He saw a raised highway that had been built with its ending point on earth and its beginning point in heaven. God's angels were ascending and descending on it.

NET Bible
and had a dream. He saw a stairway erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it

New Heart English Bible
He dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway set up on the earth with its top reaching up to heaven. He saw the angels of God going up and coming down on it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

New American Standard 1977
And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

King James 2000 Bible
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

American King James Version
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

American Standard Version
And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he saw in his sleep a ladder standing upon the earth, and the top thereof touching heaven: the angels also of God ascending and descending by it;

Darby Bible Translation
And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to the heavens. And behold, angels of God ascended and descended upon it.

English Revised Version
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

World English Bible
He dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Young's Literal Translation
And he dreameth, and lo, a ladder set up on the earth, and its head is touching the heavens; and lo, messengers of God are going up and coming down by it;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
28:10-15 Jacob's conduct hitherto, as recorded, was not that of one who simply feared and trusted in God. But now in trouble, obliged to flee, he looked only to God to make him to dwell in safety, and he could lie down and sleep in the open air with his head upon a stone. Any true believer would be willing to take up with Jacob's pillow, provided he might have Jacob's vision. God's time to visit his people with his comforts, is, when they are most destitute of other comforts, and other comforters. Jacob saw a ladder which reached from earth to heaven, the angels going up and coming down, and God himself at the head of it. This represents, 1. The providence of God, by which there is a constant intercourse kept up between heaven and earth. This let Jacob know that he had both a good guide and a good guard. 2. The mediation of Christ. He is this ladder; the foot on earth in his human nature, the top in heaven in his Divine nature. Christ is the Way; all God's favours come to us, and all our services go to him, by Christ, Joh 1:51. By this way, sinners draw near to the throne of grace with acceptance. By faith we perceive this way, and in prayer we approach by it. In answer to prayer we receive all needful blessings of providence and grace. We have no way of getting to heaven but by Christ. And when the soul, by faith, can see these things, then every place will become pleasant, and every prospect joyful. He will never leave us, until his last promise is accomplished in our everlasting happiness. God now spake comfortably to Jacob. He spake from the head of the ladder. All the glad tidings we receive from heaven come through Jesus Christ. The Messiah should come from Jacob. Christ is the great blessing of the world. All that are blessed, are blessed in him, and none of any family are shut out from blessedness in him, but those that shut out themselves. Jacob had to fear danger from his brother Esau; but God promises to keep him. He had a long journey before him; to an unknown country; but, Behold, I am with thee, and God promises to bring him back again to this land. He seemed to be forsaken of all his friends; but God gives him this assurance, I will not leave thee. Whom God loves, he never leaves.
Study Bible
Jacob's Ladder
11He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. 12He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.…
Cross References
John 1:51
Then He declared, "Truly, truly, I say to all of you that you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

Genesis 37:5
Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.

Genesis 41:1
Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

Numbers 12:6
He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.

1 Kings 19:5
He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, "Arise, eat."
Treasury of Scripture

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

he dreamed.

Genesis 15:1,12 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Genesis 20:3,6,7 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, …

Genesis 37:5-11 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers: and they …

Genesis 40:1-41:57 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king …

Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Job 4:12-21 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof…

Job 33:15,16 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, …

Daniel 2:1-49 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar …

Daniel 4:1-37 Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all people, nations, and languages, that …

Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream …

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD …

Matthew 2:12,13,19 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to …

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

ladder.

Genesis 32:1,2 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him…

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

John 1:51 And he said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Hereafter you shall …

2 Timothy 4:16,17 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: …

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for …

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