Genesis 28:19
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New International Version
He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.

New Living Translation
He named that place Bethel (which means "house of God"), although it was previously called Luz.

English Standard Version
He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

Berean Study Bible
and he called that place Bethel, though previously the city had been named Luz.

New American Standard Bible
He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.

King James Bible
And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

Christian Standard Bible
and named the place Bethel, though previously the city was named Luz.

Contemporary English Version
and he named the place Bethel. Before that it had been named Luz.

Good News Translation
He named the place Bethel. (The town there was once known as Luz.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and named the place Bethel, though previously the city was named Luz.

International Standard Version
and named the place Beth-el, although previously the city had been named Luz.

NET Bible
He called that place Bethel, although the former name of the town was Luz.

New Heart English Bible
He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He named that place Bethel [House of God]. Previously, the name of the city was Luz.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he called the name of that place Beth-el, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

New American Standard 1977
And he called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he called the name of that place Bethel, since the name of that city was called Luz at first.

King James 2000 Bible
And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at first.

American King James Version
And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

American Standard Version
And he called the name of that place Beth-el. But the name of the city was Luz at the first.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he called the name of the city Bethel, which before was called Luza.

Darby Bible Translation
And he called the name of that place Beth-el; but the name of that city was Luz at the first.

English Revised Version
And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

World English Bible
He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

Young's Literal Translation
and he calleth the name of that place Bethel, house of God, and yet, Luz is the name of the city at the first.
Study Bible
The Stone of Bethel
18Early the next morning, Jacob took the stone that he had placed under his head, and he set it up as a pillar. He poured oil on top of it, 19and he called that place Bethel, though previously the city had been named Luz. 20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and watch over me on this journey, and if He will provide me with food to eat and clothes to wear,…
Cross References
Genesis 28:11
On reaching a certain place, he spent the night there because the sun had set. And taking one of the stones from that place, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.

Genesis 31:13
I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and made a solemn vow to Me. Now get up and leave this land at once, and return to your native land.'"

Genesis 35:1
Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau."

Genesis 35:6
So Jacob and everyone with him arrived in Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.

Genesis 35:14
So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where God had spoken to him--a stone marker--and he poured out a drink offering on it and anointed it with oil.

Genesis 35:15
Jacob called the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.

Genesis 48:3
Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there He blessed me

Joshua 8:12
Now Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city.

Joshua 18:13
From there the border crossed over to the southern slope of Luz (that is, Bethel) and went down to Ataroth-addar on the hill south of Lower Beth-horon.

Judges 1:23
They sent spies to Bethel (formerly known as Luz),

1 Samuel 7:16
Every year he would go on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all these places.

1 Samuel 10:3
Then you will go on from there until you come to the oak of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine.

1 Kings 12:29
One calf he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.

Treasury of Scripture

And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

the name.

Genesis 12:8 And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel, and …

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

Genesis 48:3 And Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the …

Judges 1:22-26 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the …

1 Kings 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

Hosea 4:15 Though you, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and …

Hosea 12:4,5 Yes, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made …

Beth-el. i.e., the house of God.







(19) Beth-el . . . Luz.--In Joshua 16:1-2, we find that Luz and Beth-el were distinct places, though near one another; and with this agrees the present passage. For plainly, Jacob and his attendants did not go inside the city, but slept on the open ground; and as they would carry their provisions with them, they would need no supplies from its Canaanite inhabitants. Probably at the time of Joshua's conquest Beth-el was rather a holy place than a town, and when Ephraim seized upon Luz and put the people to the sword (Judges 1:23-25), the victors transferred the name of Beth-el to it. Thus the spot where Jacob slept would not be the town of Beth-el, but some place a mile or two away from it.

Verse 19. - And he called the name of that place Bethel - i.e. a house of God. Rosenmüller and Kalisch find a connection between Bethel and Baetylia, the former regarding Beetylia as a corruption of Bethel, and the latter viewing Bethel as the Hebraised form of Beetylion. Keil objects to both that the interchange of τ in βαιτύλιον, and Θ in βαιθήλ), would be perfectly inexplicable. On the site of Bethel (Beitin) vide Genesis 12:8. But the name of that city was called Luz at the first. Originally the Canaanitish town, built according to Calvin after this event, was called Luz, or "almond tree," a name it continued to bear until the conquest (Judges 1:23). From the circumstances recorded in the narrative, Jacob called the spot where he slept (in the vicinity of Luz) Bethel - the designation afterwards extending to the town (Genesis 35:6). Until the conquest both titles appear to have been used - Luz by the Canaanites, Bethel by the Israelites. When the conquest was completed the Hebrew name was substituted for the Hittite, the sole survivor of the captured city building another Luz in another part of the country (vide Judges 1:26). And he called the name of that place Bethel,.... The house of God, which he took this place to be:

but the name of that city was called Luz at the first; which signifies an almond or hazel nut, Genesis 30:37; perhaps from the number of this sort of trees that grew there, under which Jacob might lay himself down, which was probably in the field of Luz; and being at night, he might not know there was a city so near, until the morning. Though Josephus (r) says he did it purposely, out of hatred to the Canaanites, and chose rather to lie under the open air. This was about twelve miles from Jerusalem, as Jerom (s) says.

(r) Antiqu. l. 1. c. 19. sect. 1.((s) De loc. Heb. fol. 89. C. 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.
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