1 And G-d said unto Jacob: 'Arise, go up to Beth-el, and
dwell there; and make there an altar unto G-d, who appeared unto thee when thou
didst flee from the face of Esau thy brother.'
2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were
with him: 'Put away the strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves,
and change your garments;
3 and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make
there an altar unto G-d, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with
me in the way which I went.'
4 And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in
their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the
terebinth which was by Shechem.
5 And they journeyed; and a terror of G-d was upon the cities
that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. .
6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan--the
same is Beth-el--he and all the people that were with him.
7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el,
because there G-d was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his
8 And Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried below
Beth-el under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bacuth.
9 And G-d appeared unto Jacob again, when he came from
Paddan-aram, and blessed him.
10 And G-d said unto him: 'Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall
not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name'; and He called his
11 And G-d said unto him: 'I am G-d Almighty. Be fruitful and
multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall
come out of thy loins;
12 and the land which I gave unto Abraham and Isaac, to thee
I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.'
13 And G-d went up from him in the place where He spoke with
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He spoke with
him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink-offering thereon, and poured
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where G-d spoke
with him, Beth-el. .
16 And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some
way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the
mid-wife said unto her: 'Fear not; for this also is a son for thee.'
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing--for she
died--that she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath--the
same is Beth-lehem.
20 And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the
pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.
21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond
22 And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that
Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it.
Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
23 the sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob's first-born, and Simeon,
and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun;
24 the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin;
25 and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid: Dan and
26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid: Gad and Asher.
These are the sons of Jacob, that were born to him in Paddan-aram.
27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father to Mamre, to
Kiriatharba--the same is Hebron--where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
28 And the days of Isaac were a hundred and fourscore years.
29 And Isaac expired, and died, and was gathered unto his
people, old and full of days; and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.
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