Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
He reached a certain place and spent the night there because the sun had set. He took one of the stones from the place, put it there at his head, and lay down in that place.
And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground with its top reaching heaven, and God's angels were going up and down on it.a13
The Lord was standing there beside him, saying, "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land that you are now sleeping on.
Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth,b and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.c15
Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it."
He was afraid and said, "What an awesome place this is! This is none other than the house of God. This is the gate of heaven."
Early in the morning Jacob took the stone that was near his head and set it up as a marker. He poured oil on top of it
and named the place Bethel,d though previously the city was named Luz.e20
Then Jacob made a vow: "If God will be with me and watch over me on this journey, if He provides me with food to eat and clothing to wear,
and if I return safely to my father's house,f then the Lord will be my God.
This stone that I have set up as a marker will be God's house, and I will give to You a tenth of all that You give me."g