Genesis 35:2
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So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.

King James Bible
Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and cleanse yourselves, and change your garments;

World English Bible
Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, change your garments.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob saith unto his household, and unto all who are with him, 'Turn aside the gods of the stranger which are in your midst, and cleanse yourselves, and change your garments;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Put away the strange gods - אלהי הנכר elohey hannechar, the gods of the foreigners, which were among them. Jacob's servants were all Syrians, and no doubt were addicted less or more to idolatry and superstition. These gods might belong to them, or, as some have conjectured, they were the teraphim which Rachel stole; but these have already been supposed to be astrological tables, or something of this kind, called by Laban his gods, because by them he supposed he could predict future events, and that they referred to certain astral and planetary intelligences, by whose influences sublunary things were regulated. But it is more natural to suppose that these gods found now in Jacob's family were images of silver, gold, or curious workmanship, which were found among the spoils of the city of Shechem. Lest these should become incitements to idolatry, Jacob orders them to be put away.

Be clean, and change your garments - Personal or outward purification, as emblematical of the sanctification of the soul, has been in use among all the true worshippers of God from the beginning of the world. In many cases the law of Moses more solemnly enjoined rites and ceremonies which had been in use from the earliest ages. "A Hindoo considers those clothes defiled in which he has been employed in business, and always changes them before eating and worship." - Ward.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD...

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve...

Psalm 101:2-7 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart...

strange.

Genesis 31:19,34 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's...

Exodus 20:3,4 You shall have no other gods before me...

Exodus 23:13 And in all things that I have said to you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods...

Deuteronomy 5:7 You shall have none other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 6:14 You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

Deuteronomy 7:25 The graven images of their gods shall you burn with fire: you shall not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it to you...

Deuteronomy 11:28 And a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day...

Deuteronomy 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

Joshua 23:7 That you come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods...

Joshua 24:2,20,23 And Joshua said to all the people, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelled on the other side of the flood in old time...

Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

Ruth 1:15 And she said, Behold, your sister in law is gone back to her people, and to her gods: return you after your sister in law.

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return to the LORD with all your hearts...

2 Samuel 7:23 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself...

2 Kings 17:29 However, every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made...

1 Chronicles 16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

Jeremiah 5:7 How shall I pardon you for this? your children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full...

Jeremiah 16:20 Shall a man make gods to himself, and they are no gods?

Daniel 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

Acts 19:26 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia...

1 Corinthians 10:7 Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

2 Corinthians 6:15-17 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel...

Galatians 4:8 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which by nature are no gods.

clean.

Genesis 35:22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it...

Genesis 34:2,24,25 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her...

Exodus 19:10,14 And the LORD said to Moses, Go to the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes...

Leviticus 15:5 And whoever touches his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 17:16 But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.

Numbers 31:24 And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and you shall be clean, and afterward you shall come into the camp.

2 Kings 5:10,12,13 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you...

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning...

Psalm 51:2,7 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin...

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools...

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

Isaiah 52:11 Depart you, depart you, go you out from there, touch no unclean thing; go you out of the middle of her; be you clean...

Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of your prostitution, and your abominations on the hills in the fields...

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit...

Ezekiel 20:7 Then said I to them, Cast you away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt...

Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

John 13:10,11 Jesus said to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and you are clean, but not all...

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit...

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience...

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings...

Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Library
February the Eighth Revisiting Old Altars
"I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress." --GENESIS xxxv. 1-7. It is a blessed thing to revisit our early altars. It is good to return to the haunts of early vision. Places and things have their sanctifying influences, and can recall us to lost experiences. I know a man to whom the scent of a white, wild rose is always a call to prayer. I know another to whom Grasmere is always the window of holy vision. Sometimes a particular pew in a particular church
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Trials and visions of Devout Youth
'And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Genesis 18:19
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

Genesis 31:19
When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household gods.

Genesis 31:30
Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's household. But why did you steal my gods?"

Exodus 19:10
And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes

Exodus 19:14
After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.

Joshua 24:15
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

1 Samuel 7:3
So Samuel said to all the Israelites, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."

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