Genesis 28:19

19 He called that place Bethel,[a] though the city used to be called Luz.

Genesis 28:19 in Other Translations

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
19 He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.
19 He christened the place Bethel (God's House). The name of the town had been Luz until then.
19 and named the place Bethel, though previously the city was named Luz.

Genesis 28:19 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 28:19

And he called the name of that place Bethel
The house of God, which he took this place to be: but the name of that city [was called] Luz at the first;
which signifies an almond or hazel nut, ( Genesis 30:37 ) ; perhaps from the number of this sort of trees that grew there, under which Jacob might lay himself down, which was probably in the field of Luz; and being at night, he might not know there was a city so near, until the morning. Though Josephus F18 says he did it purposely, out of hatred to the Canaanites, and chose rather to lie under the open air. This was about twelve miles from Jerusalem, as Jerom F19 says.


F18 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 19. sect. 1.
F19 De loc. Heb. fol. 89. C.

Genesis 28:19 In-Context

17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear
21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the LORD will be my God

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 12:8
  • 2. Genesis 35:6; Genesis 48:3; Joshua 16:2; Joshua 18:13; Judges 1:23,26

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. "Bethel" means "house of God."
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