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Jacob’s Fifth Encounter with God

35 Then Elohim said to Jacob, “Go to Bethel and live there. Make an altar there. I am the El who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”

So Jacob said to his family and those who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods which you have, wash yourselves until you are ritually clean,[a] and change your clothes.

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  1. Genesis 35:2 “Clean” refers to anything that is presentable to God.

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