God said to Jacob, "Now move on to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to worship me -- the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau."
So Jacob told everyone in his household, "Destroy your idols, wash yourselves, and put on clean clothing.
We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has stayed with me wherever I have gone."
So they gave Jacob all their idols and their earrings, and he buried them beneath the tree near Shechem.
When they set out again, terror from God came over the people in all the towns of that area, and no one attacked them.
Finally, they arrived at Luz (now called Bethel) in Canaan.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)