Genesis 28 (English Standard Version)

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Jacob Sent to Laban

1 Then Isaac called Jacob 1and blessed him and directed him, 2"You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 3Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of 4Bethuel your mother's father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. 3 5God Almightya bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May he give 6the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of 7the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!" 5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

Esau Marries an Ishmaelite

6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, "You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women," 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So when Esau saw 8that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, 9Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of 10Nebaioth.

Jacob's Dream

10 Jacob left 11Beersheba and went toward 12Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he 13dreamed, and behold, there was a ladderb set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, 14the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, 15the LORD stood above itc and said, 16"I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. 17The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like 18the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and 19your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, 20I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and 21will bring you back to this land. For I will 22not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is 23in this place, and I did not know it." 17 And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." 18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up 24for a pillar 25and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place 26Bethel,d but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Then Jacob 27made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 28so that I come again to my father's house in peace, 29then the LORD shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, 30shall be God's house. And 31of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you."
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