Genesis 28:1-15

1 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.
2 Go at once to Paddan Aram,[a] to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.
3 May God Almighty[b] bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.
4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.”
5 Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,”
7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram.
8 Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac;
9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran.
11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 There above it[c] stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.
14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[d]
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Genesis 28:1-15 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 28

In this chapter an account is given of the charge Isaac gave to Jacob not to marry a Canaanitess, but to go to Padanaram, and take a wife from his mother's family, and of his blessing him before he sent him away, Ge 28:1-5; of the notice that Esau took of this blessing and charge, which led him to take a wife of the family of Ishmael, Ge 28:6-9; of the dream of the ladder, which Jacob had in his way to Haran, Ge 28:10-12; of the blessing which God conferred upon him there, Ge 28:13-15; of the awfulness of the place upon his awaking, and of his erecting a pillar in it, and giving a name to it, Ge 28:16-19; and of the vow he made to God, should he be supplied with the necessaries of life, and be kept in safety by him, Ge 28:20-22.

Cross References 43

  • 1. S Genesis 24:60
  • 2. Genesis 24:3
  • 3. S Genesis 25:20
  • 4. S Genesis 25:20
  • 5. S Genesis 21:21; S Genesis 24:29
  • 6. S Genesis 17:1
  • 7. Genesis 48:16; Numbers 6:24; Ruth 2:4; Psalms 129:8; Psalms 134:3; Jeremiah 31:23
  • 8. S Genesis 17:6
  • 9. S Genesis 12:2
  • 10. S Genesis 12:2,3
  • 11. S Genesis 15:7
  • 12. S Genesis 17:8
  • 13. S Genesis 11:31
  • 14. Hosea 12:12
  • 15. S Genesis 25:20
  • 16. S Genesis 24:29
  • 17. S ver 1
  • 18. S Genesis 10:15-19; Genesis 24:3
  • 19. S Genesis 26:35
  • 20. S Genesis 16:15
  • 21. S Genesis 25:13
  • 22. S Genesis 26:34
  • 23. S Genesis 21:14
  • 24. S Genesis 11:31
  • 25. S Genesis 12:8
  • 26. ver 18
  • 27. S Genesis 20:3; Genesis 37:19
  • 28. John 1:51
  • 29. S Genesis 12:7; Genesis 35:7,9; Genesis 48:3
  • 30. S Genesis 24:12; Genesis 48:16; Genesis 49:25; Genesis 50:17; Genesis 26:24
  • 31. S Genesis 12:7; Genesis 13:15; Genesis 35:12
  • 32. Genesis 46:4; Genesis 48:21
  • 33. Genesis 26:4
  • 34. S Genesis 12:2; S Genesis 13:14; S Genesis 26:24
  • 35. S Genesis 12:3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:8
  • 36. S Genesis 21:20; Genesis 26:3; Genesis 48:21
  • 37. Numbers 6:24; Ps 121:5,7-8
  • 38. ver 20
  • 39. ver 22; Genesis 35:3
  • 40. ver 21; S Genesis 15:16; Genesis 30:25; Genesis 31:30
  • 41. Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Joshua 1:5; Nehemiah 4:14; Psalms 9:10
  • 42. Leviticus 26:42
  • 43. Psalms 105:10; Numbers 23:19

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verses 5, 6 and 7
  • [b]. Hebrew "El-Shaddai"
  • [c]. Or "There beside him"
  • [d]. Or "will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings" (see 48:20)
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