35 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”
2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem.5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.
6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel,[a] because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.
9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram,[a] God appeared to him again and blessed him.10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob,[b] but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.[c]” So he named him Israel.
11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty[d]; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.”
Genesis 35:9That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26
Genesis 35:10Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty.17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.”18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni.[a] But his father named him Benjamin.[b]
19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
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