Genesis 28
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Isaac Sends Jacob to Paddan-aram

1Later, Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, instructing him, “Don’t marry a wife from the local Canaanite women. 2Instead, get up, travel to Paddan-aram,a and visit the household of Bethuel, your mother’s father. Marry one of Laban’s daughters, since he’s your mother’s brother. 3May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful so that your descendantsb become a whole group of people. 4May he give you and your descendants the blessings that he gave Abraham. May you possess the land where you have livedc that God gave to Abraham.”

5So Isaac sent Jacob off toward Paddan-aramd to visit Bethuel’s son Laban, the Arameane and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Esau Marries a Canaanite Woman

6Esau noticed that after Isaac had blessed Jacob as he was sending him off to Paddan-aramf to marry a wife from there, he had instructed Jacob,g “Don’t marry a Canaanite woman.” 7After Jacob had obeyed his father and mother’s instructions to set out for Paddan-aram,h 8Esau realizedi that Canaan women didn’t please his father Isaac, 9so he went to Abraham’s son Ishmael and married Ishmael’s daughter Mahalath, who was the sister of Nebaioth.

God Visits Jacob in a Dream

10Meanwhile, Jacob had leftj Beer-sheba and was on his way to Haran. 11He reached a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun was setting. He found a stone there, used it for a pillow,k and slept there for the night, 12when 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. 13And there was the LORD, standing above it and telling Jacob, “I am the LORD God of your grandfather Abraham. I’m Isaac’s God, too. I’m giving you and your descendants the ground on which you’re sleeping. 14Your descendants are going to become like the dust of the earth and spread out to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earthl will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15Now pay attention! I’m here with you, and I’m going to be watching over you wherever you go. I’m going to bring you back to this land, because I won’t ever leave you until I’ve accomplished what I’ve promised about you.”

Jacob Worships God in Bethel

16Then Jacob woke up during the nightm and told himself,n “Surely, the LORD is in this place and I never knew it!” 17In mounting terror, he cried out, “How scary this place is! This is nothing less than God’s house and the gateway to heaven!” 18When Jacob got up early the next morning, he took the stone that he had used for his pillow,o set it up as a pillar, drenched it with oil, 19and namedp the place Beth-el, although previouslyq the city had been named Luz.

20Then he made this solemn vow:r “If God remains with me, watches over me throughout this journey that I’m taking, gives me food to eat and clothes to wear, 21and returns me safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God, 22this stone that I’ve erected in the form of a pillar will be God’s house, and I’ll give you a tenth of everything that you give to me.”

a 28:2 Paddan-aram was located in northwest Mesopotamia
b 28:3 Lit. that you
c 28:4 Lit. land of your journeying
d 28:5 Paddan-aram was located in northwest Mesopotamia
e 28:5 In later centuries this region would be called Syria
f 28:6 Paddan-aram was located in northwest Mesopotamia
g 28:6 Lit. him
h 28:7 Paddan-aram was located in northwest Mesopotamia
i 28:8 Lit. saw
j 28:10 Lit. went out from
k 28:11 Lit. for his head.
l 28:14 Or land
m 28:16 Lit. woke from his sleep
n 28:16 The Heb. lacks to himself
o 28:18 Lit. for his head
p 28:19 Lit. called the name of
q 28:19 Lit. at the first
r 28:20 Lit. vowed a vow

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