Genesis 28:17
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New International Version
He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."

New Living Translation
But he was also afraid and said, "What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!"

English Standard Version
And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

New American Standard Bible
He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

King James Bible
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was afraid and said, "What an awesome place this is! This is none other than the house of God. This is the gate of heaven."

International Standard Version
In mounting terror, he cried out, "How scary this place is! This is nothing less than God's house and the gateway to heaven!"

NET Bible
He was afraid and said, "What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Filled with awe, he said, "How awe-inspiring this place is! Certainly, this is the house of God and the gateway to heaven!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he was afraid and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

King James 2000 Bible
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

American King James Version
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

American Standard Version
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And trembling he said: How terrible is this place! this is no other but the house of God, and the gate of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

English Revised Version
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is no other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

World English Bible
He was afraid, and said, "How dreadful is this place! This is none other than God's house, and this is the gate of heaven."

Young's Literal Translation
and he feareth, and saith, 'How fearful is this place; this is nothing but a house of God, and this a gate of the heavens.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:16-19 God manifested himself and his favour, to Jacob, when he was asleep. The Spirit, like the wind, blows when and where it listeth, and God's grace, like the dew, tarrieth not for the sons of men. Jacob sought to improve the visit God had made him. Wherever we are, in the city or in the desert, in the house or in the field, in the shop or in the street, we may keep up our intercourse with Heaven, if it is not our own fault. But the more we see of God, the more cause we see for holy trembling before him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - And he was afraid, - so were Moses (Exodus 20:18, 19), Job (Genesis 42:5, 6), Isaiah (Genesis 6:5), Peter (Luke 5:8), John (Revelation 1:17, 18), at similar discoveries of the Divine presence - and said, How dreadful is this place! - i.e. how to be feared! how awe-inspiring! φοβερὸς (LXX.), terribilis (Vulgate) - this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Not literally, but figuratively, the place where God dwells, and the entrance to his glorious abode (Keil); the idea that Jacob was "made aware by the dream that he had slept on one of those favored spots singled out for a future sanctuary, and was fearful that he had sinned by employing it for a profane purpose" (Kalisch), being fanciful.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he was afraid,.... Not with a servile but filial fear; not with a fear of the wrath and displeasure of God, but with a fear of his grace and goodness; not with a fear of distrust of it, of which he had just had such a comfortable assurance; but with an awe of the greatness and glory of God, being conscious of his own unworthiness to receive such favours from him:

and said, how dreadful is this place! not terrible and horrible, being not like Mount Sinai, but like Sion; not as the suburbs of hell, but as the gate of heaven majestic and venerable, because of the glory of God that appeared in it, whose name is holy and reverend and because of the holy angels here present: and so the church, of which this was an emblem, is a solemn assembly, awful and venerable; a city of solemnities, because of the worship of God in it, and his presence there; who is to be feared in the assembly of his saints, and to be had in reverence of all that are about him; and where persons should behave in a serious and solemn manner. The Targum of Jonathan is,"how tremendous and praiseworthy is this place! this is not a common place:"

this is none other but the house of God; wherefore he afterwards called it Bethel, which signifies the house of God; and so the church of God is often called, Psalm 23:6; which is of God's building, where he dwells, and his family is, of which he is the master and governor; which he beautifies and adorns, fills, repairs, and defends:

and this is the gate of heaven: Mr. Mede renders it "the court of heaven", because of the angels; since in gates justice was administered by kings, attended with their retinue; but royal courts were not kept there, only courts of judicature: this place seems to be so called, because the heavens were opened and the glory of God was seen, attended by his angels, who were passing and repassing, as people through the streets of a city; and was an emblem of the church of Christ, who is figured by the ladder set on earth, whose top reached to heaven, the door, the gate, the way of ascent to it; here he is preached in the word as the way of salvation, the way to heaven and eternal happiness; here he is held forth in the ordinances; here he grants his presence to his people, and indulges them with communion with him, which makes it like and next to heaven unto them: and, generally speaking, though not always, God brings his people to heaven this way, through a Gospel church state, and by means of the word and ordinances; and here angels also attend, 1 Corinthians 11:10.



Genesis 28:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob's Ladder
16Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." 17He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
Cross References
Psalm 68:35
You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

Genesis 28:18
Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
Treasury of Scripture

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

he was.

Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, …

Judges 13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Matthew 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Luke 2:9 And, see, the angel of the Lord came on them, and the glory of the …

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found …

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right …

the house.

Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house…

Genesis 35:1-13 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and …

2 Chronicles 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the …

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready …

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself …

Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

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