Genesis 35:7
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New International Version
There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

New Living Translation
Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means "God of Bethel"), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.

English Standard Version
and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

New American Standard Bible
He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.

King James Bible
And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jacob built an altar there and called the place God of Bethel because it was there that God had revealed Himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

International Standard Version
He built an altar there to God and named the place El Beth-el, because God had revealed himself there when he was fleeing from his brother.

NET Bible
He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel because there God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

New Heart English Bible
He built an altar there, and called the place El Beth El; because there God was revealed to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He built an altar there and called that place El Bethel [God of the House of God]. That's where God had revealed himself to Jacob when he was fleeing from his brother.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el, because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

New American Standard 1977
And he built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him, when he fled from his brother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there he built an altar and called the place Elbethel because there God had appeared unto him when he fled from the face of his brother.

King James 2000 Bible
And he built there an altar, and called the place El-bethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

American King James Version
And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

American Standard Version
And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he built there an altar, and called the name of that place, The house of God: for there God appeared to him when he fled from his brother.

Darby Bible Translation
And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God had appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

English Revised Version
And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he erected there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

World English Bible
He built an altar there, and called the place El Beth El; because there God was revealed to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

Young's Literal Translation
and he buildeth there an altar, and proclaimeth at the place the God of Bethel: for there had God been revealed unto him, in his fleeing from the face of his brother.
Study Bible
Jacob Returns to Bethel
6So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother. 8Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak; it was named Allon-bacuth.…
Cross References
Genesis 28:22
"This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You."

Genesis 35:3
and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone."
Treasury of Scripture

And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

built.

Genesis 35:1,3 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and …

Ecclesiastes 5:4,5 When you vow a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for he has no pleasure …

El-beth-el. i.e., the god of Beth-el.

Genesis 28:13,19,22 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God …

Exodus 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

Judges 6:24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: …

Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the …

(7) El-beth-el.--That is, the God of the house of God: the God into whose house he had been admitted, and seen there the wonders of His providence.

God appeared.--The verb here, contrary to rule, is plural (see Note on Genesis 20:13), but the Samaritan Pentateuch has the singular. No argument can be drawn either way from the versions, as the word for God is singular in them all, and the verb necessarily singular also. In no other language but Hebrew is the name of God plural, but joined with verbs and adjectives in the singular.

Verse 7. - And he built there an altar, - thus redeeming his vow (cf. Ecclesiastes 5:4) - and called the place El-beth-el: - i.e. God of Bethel. Not he called the place of God, or the place sacred to God, Bethel (Michaelis, 'Suppl.,' p. 2174), nor he called the altar (Keil, Kalisch, Gerlach, etc.), but he called the place where the altar was El-beth-el; i.e. either he devoted the place as sacred to the El of Bethel (Rosenmüller), or he gave to the place the name of (so. the place of) the El of Bethel, reading the first El as a genitive (Lange); or he called it El-Beth-el metaphorically, as Jerusalem afterwards was styled Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 33:16) and Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35; Inglis). It has been proposed, after the LXX., to avoid the seeming incongruity of assigning such a name to a place, to read, he invoked upon the place the El of Bethel (Quarry, p. 513) - because there God appeared unto him, - the El of Bethel was Jehovah (vide Genesis 28:13; Genesis 31:13) - when he fled from the face of his brother. And he built there an altar,.... As he was bid to do, and as he promised he would, Genesis 35:1,

and called the place Elbethel; the God of Bethel; a title which God takes to himself, Genesis 31:13; or rather the sense is, that he called the place with respect God, or because of his appearance to him there, Bethel, confirming the name he had before given it, Genesis 36:19; see Genesis 35:15; as the following reason shows:

because there God appeared; or the divine Persons, for both words are plural that are used; the Targum of Jonathan has it, the angels of God, and so Aben Ezra interprets it; but here, no doubt, the divine Being is meant, who appeared

unto him; to Jacob in this place, as he went to Mesopotamia, and comforted and encouraged him with many promises:

when he fled from the face of his brother; his brother Esau, who was wroth with him, and sought to take away his life, and therefore was forced to flee for it. 7. El-Beth-el—that is, "the God of Beth-el."35:6-15 The comfort the saints have in holy ordinances, is not so much from Beth-el, the house of God, as from El-beth-el, the God of the house. The ordinances are empty things, if we do not meet with God in them. There Jacob buried Deborah, Rebekah's nurse. She died much lamented. Old servants in a family, that have in their time been faithful and useful, ought to be respected. God appeared to Jacob. He renewed the covenant with him. I am God Almighty, God all-sufficient, able to make good the promise in due time, and to support thee and provide for thee in the mean time. Two things are promised; that he should be the father of a great nation, and that he should be the master of a good land. These two promises had a spiritual signification, which Jacob had some notion of, though not so clear and distinct as we now have. Christ is the promised Seed, and heaven is the promised land; the former is the foundation, and the latter the top-stone, of all God's favours.
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