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Jacob Returns to Bethel

1 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”

References for Genesis 35:1

2 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.
3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”

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

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5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.
6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.

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

References for Genesis 35:7

    • þ 35:7 - "El Bethel" means "God of Bethel."
      8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth.b

      References for Genesis 35:8

        • ÿ 35:8 - "Allon Bakuth" means "oak of weeping."
          9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram,c God appeared to him again and blessed him.

          References for Genesis 35:9

            • Ā 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 ” So he named him Israel.

              References for Genesis 35:10

                • ā 35:10 - "Jacob" means "he grasps the heel" , a Hebrew idiom for "he deceives" .
                • Ă 35:10 - "Israel" probably means "he struggles with God."
                  11 And God said to him, “I am God Almightyf ; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.

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                  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.”

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

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                  14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.
                  15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.g

                  References for Genesis 35:15

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