Genesis 28 GNT

1 Isaac called Jacob, greeted him, and told him, "Don't marry a Canaanite.
2 Go instead to Mesopotamia, to the home of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of the young women there, one of your uncle Laban's daughters.
3 May Almighty God bless your marriage and give you many children, so that you will become the father of many nations!
4 May he bless you and your descendants as he blessed Abraham, and may you take possession of this land, in which you have lived and which God gave to Abraham!" 1

References for Genesis 28:4

    • 84 28:4 - 28.4 Gn 17.4-8.
      5 Isaac sent Jacob away to Mesopotamia, to Laban, who was the son of Bethuel the Aramean and the brother of Rebecca, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
      6 Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Mesopotamia to find a wife. He also learned that when Isaac blessed him, he commanded him not to marry a Canaanite woman.
      7 He found out that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Mesopotamia.
      8 Esau then understood that his father Isaac did not approve of Canaanite women.
      9 So he went to Ishmael son of Abraham and married his daughter Mahalath, who was the sister of Nebaioth.
      10 Jacob left Beersheba and started toward Haran. 2

      References for Genesis 28:10

        • 85 28:10 - +228.10 Ws 10.10.
          11 At sunset he came to a holy place a and camped there. He lay down to sleep, resting his head on a stone.

          References for Genesis 28:11

            • Ÿ 28:11 - a holy place; [or] a place.
              12 He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down on it. 3

              References for Genesis 28:12

                • 86 28:12 - 28.12 Jn 1.51.
                  13 And there was the Lord standing beside him. b "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham and Isaac," he said. "I will give to you and to your descendants this land on which you are lying. 4

                  References for Genesis 28:13

                    • 87 28:13 - 28.13 Gn 13.14, 15.
                    •   28:13 - beside him; [or] on it.
                      14 They will be as numerous as the specks of dust on the earth. They will extend their territory in all directions, and through you and your descendants I will bless all the nations. c 5

                      References for Genesis 28:14

                        • 88 28:14 - 28.14 Gn 12.3; 22.18.
                        • ¡ 28:14 - through you . . . nations; [or] all the nations will ask me to bless them as I have blessed you and your descendants.
                          15 Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you."
                          16 Jacob woke up and said, "The Lord is here! He is in this place, and I didn't know it!"
                          17 He was afraid and said, "What a terrifying place this is! It must be the house of God; it must be the gate that opens into heaven."
                          18 Jacob got up early next morning, took the stone that was under his head, and set it up as a memorial. Then he poured olive oil on it to dedicate it to God.
                          19 He named the place Bethel. d (The town there was once known as Luz.)

                          References for Genesis 28:19

                            • ¢ 28:19 - bethel: [This name in Hebrew means "house of God."]
                              20 Then Jacob made a vow to the Lord: "If you will be with me and protect me on the journey I am making and give me food and clothing,
                              21 and if I return safely to my father's home, then you will be my God.
                              22 This memorial stone which I have set up will be the place where you are worshiped, and I will give you a tenth of everything you give me."