Genesis 35 NIV

Jacob Returns to Bethel

1 Then God said to Jacob, "Go up to Bethel1 and settle there, and build an altar2 there to God,3 who appeared to you4 when you were fleeing from your brother Esau."5

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      2 So Jacob said to his household6 and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods7 you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.8

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      3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God,9 who answered me in the day of my distress10 and who has been with me wherever I have gone.11"

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      4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears,12 and Jacob buried them under the oak13 at Shechem.14

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      5 Then they set out, and the terror of God15 fell upon the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.16

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      6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz17 (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.18

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      7 There he built an altar,19 and he called the place El Bethel,a20 because it was there that God revealed himself to him21 when he was fleeing from his brother.22

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        • a 35:7 - "El Bethel" means "God of Bethel."
          8 Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse,23 died and was buried under the oak24 below Bethel.25 So it was named Allon Bacuth.b

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            • b 35:8 - "Allon Bacuth" means "oak of weeping."
              9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram,c26 God appeared to him again and blessed him.27

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                • c 35:9 - That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26
                  10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob,d but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.e "28 So he named him Israel.

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                    • d 35:10 - "Jacob" means "he grasps the heel" (figuratively, "he deceives").
                    • e 35:10 - "Israel" means "he struggles with God."
                      11 And God said to him, "I am God Almightyf;29 be fruitful and increase in number.30 A nation31 and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.32

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                        • f 35:11 - Hebrew "El-Shaddai"
                          12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.33"34

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                          13 Then God went up from him35 at the place where he had talked with him.

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                          14 Jacob set up a stone pillar36 at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering37 on it; he also poured oil on it.38

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                          15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.g39

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                            • g 35:15 - "Bethel" means "house of God."

                              The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac

                              35:23-26pp -- 1Ch 2:1-2

                              16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath,40 Rachel41 began to give birth and had great difficulty.

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                              17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife42 said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son."43

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                              18 As she breathed her last--for she was dying--she named her son Ben-Oni.h44 But his father named him Benjamin.i45

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                                • h 35:18 - "Ben-Oni" means "son of my trouble."
                                • i 35:18 - "Benjamin" means "son of my right hand."
                                  19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath46 (that is, Bethlehem47).

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                                  20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day48 that pillar marks Rachel's tomb.49

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                                  21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.50

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                                  22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine51 Bilhah,52 and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:

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                                  23 The sons of Leah:53 Reuben the firstborn54 of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah,55 Issachar and Zebulun.56

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                                  24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph57 and Benjamin.58

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                                      25 The sons of Rachel's maidservant Bilhah:59 Dan and Naphtali.60

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                                      26 The sons of Leah's maidservant Zilpah:61 Gad62 and Asher.63 These were the sons of Jacob,64 who were born to him in Paddan Aram.65

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                                      27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac66 in Mamre,67 near Kiriath Arba68 (that is, Hebron),69 where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.70

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                                      28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.71

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                                      29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people,72 old and full of years.73 And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.74

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