Genesis 28

Jacob Is Sent Away

1 So Isaac called Jacob and 1blessed him and charged him, and said to him, "2You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.
2 "Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of 3Bethuel your mother's father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
3 "May 4God Almighty 5bless you and 6make you fruitful and 7multiply you, that you may become a 8company of peoples.
4 "May He also give you the 9blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may 10possess the land of your 11sojournings, which God gave to Abraham."
5 Then 12Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take to himself a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he charged him, saying, "13You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,"
7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan-aram.
8 So Esau saw that 14the daughters of Canaan displeased his father Isaac;
9 and Esau went to Ishmael, and married *, 15besides the wives that he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth.

Jacob's Dream

10 Then Jacob departed from 16Beersheba and went toward 17Haran.
11 He came to a 18certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.
12 19He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, 20the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 And behold, 21the LORD stood above it and said, "I am the LORD, 22the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it 23to you and to 24your descendants.
14 "Your descendants will also be like 25the dust of the earth, and you will spread out 26to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and 27in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 "Behold, 28I am with you and 29will keep you wherever * you go, and 30will bring you back to this land; for 31I will not leave you until * I have done what I have promised you."
16 Then Jacob 32awoke from his sleep and said, "33Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."
17 He was afraid and said, "34How awesome is this place! This is none other than * the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took 35the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top.
19 He called the name of that place 36Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been 37Luz.
20 Then Jacob 38made a vow, saying, "39If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me 40food to eat and garments to wear,
21 and 41I return to my father's house in safety, 42then the LORD will be my God.
22 "This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, 43will be God's house, and 44of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You."
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