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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,”(A) 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(B) were to his father Isaac;(C) 9 so he went to Ishmael(D) and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth(E) and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.(F)
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Jacob left Beersheba(G) and set out for Harran.(H) 11 When he reached a certain place,(I) he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head(J) and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream(K) 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.(L) 13 There above it[a] stood the Lord,(M) and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.(N) I will give you and your descendants the land(O) on which you are lying.(P) 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you(Q) will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.(R) All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b](S) 15 I am with you(T) and will watch over you(U) wherever you go,(V) and I will bring you back to this land.(W) I will not leave you(X) until I have done what I have promised you.(Y)”(Z)
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep,(AA) he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place!(AB) This is none other than the house of God;(AC) this is the gate of heaven.”
18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head(AD) and set it up as a pillar(AE) and poured oil on top of it.(AF) 19 He called that place Bethel,[c](AG) though the city used to be called Luz.(AH)
20 Then Jacob made a vow,(AI) saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me(AJ) on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear(AK) 21 so that I return safely(AL) to my father’s household,(AM) then the Lord[d] will be my God(AN) 22 and[e] this stone that I have set up as a pillar(AO) will be God’s house,(AP) and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.(AQ)”
Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram
29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.(AR) 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well.(AS) The stone(AT) over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone(AU) away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep.(AV) Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”(AW)
“We’re from Harran,(AX)” they replied.
5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”(AY)
“Yes, we know him,” they answered.
6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”
7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”
9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep,(BD) for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel(BE) daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone(BF) away from the mouth of the well and watered(BG) his uncle’s sheep.(BH) 11 Then Jacob kissed(BI) Rachel and began to weep aloud.(BJ) 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative(BK) of her father and a son of Rebekah.(BL) So she ran and told her father.(BM)
13 As soon as Laban(BN) heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him(BO) and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”(BP)
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah,(BS) and the name of the younger was Rachel.(BT) 17 Leah had weak[f] eyes, but Rachel(BU) had a lovely figure and was beautiful.(BV) 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel(BW) and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”(BX)
19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel,(BY) but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.(BZ)
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.(CA)”
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.(CB) 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah(CC) and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah(CD) to his daughter as her attendant.(CE)
26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.(CH) 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week;(CI) then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.(CJ)”
28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.(CK) 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah(CL) to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.(CM) 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.(CN) And he worked for Laban another seven years.(CO)
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved,(CP) he enabled her to conceive,(CQ) but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.(CR) She named him Reuben,[g](CS) for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery.(CT) Surely my husband will love me now.”
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife.(DH) Jacob slept with her,(DI) 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me;(DJ) he has listened to my plea and given me a son.”(DK) Because of this she named him Dan.[k](DL)
9 When Leah(DP) saw that she had stopped having children,(DQ) she took her servant Zilpah(DR) and gave her to Jacob as a wife.(DS) 10 Leah’s servant Zilpah(DT) bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!”[m] So she named him Gad.[n](DU)
14 During wheat harvest,(DY) Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants,(DZ) which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough(EA) that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?”
“Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”(EB)
16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”(EC) So he slept with her that night.
19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor,(EG) because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.[q](EH)
21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.(EI)
22 Then God remembered Rachel;(EJ) he listened to her(EK) and enabled her to conceive.(EL) 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son(EM) and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”(EN) 24 She named him Joseph,[r](EO) and said, “May the Lord add to me another son.”(EP)
- Genesis 28:13 Or There beside him
- Genesis 28:14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)
- Genesis 28:19 Bethel means house of God.
- Genesis 28:21 Or Since God … father’s household, the Lord
- Genesis 28:22 Or household, and the Lord will be my God, 22 then
- Genesis 29:17 Or delicate
- Genesis 29:32 Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son.
- Genesis 29:33 Simeon probably means one who hears.
- Genesis 29:34 Levi sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for attached.
- Genesis 29:35 Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise.
- Genesis 30:6 Dan here means he has vindicated.
- Genesis 30:8 Naphtali means my struggle.
- Genesis 30:11 Or “A troop is coming!”
- Genesis 30:11 Gad can mean good fortune or a troop.
- Genesis 30:13 Asher means happy.
- Genesis 30:18 Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for reward.
- Genesis 30:20 Zebulun probably means honor.
- Genesis 30:24 Joseph means may he add.