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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Genesis 28:1-22


  • Isaac sends Jacob to Paddan-aram (1-9)

  • Jacob’s dream at Bethel (10-22)

    • God’s promise confirmed to Jacob (13-15)

28  So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and commanded him, saying: “You must not take a wife from the daughters of Ca′naan.+  Go away to Pad′dan-a′ram to the house of Be·thu′el, your mother’s father, and from there take for yourself a wife from the daughters of La′ban,+ your mother’s brother.  God Almighty will bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and you will certainly become a congregation of peoples.+  And he will give to you the blessing of Abraham,+ to you and to your offspring* with you, so that you may take possession of the land where you have been living as a foreigner, which God has given to Abraham.”+  So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he departed for Pad′dan-a′ram, to La′ban the son of Be·thu′el the A·ra·mae′an,+ the brother of Re·bek′ah,+ the mother of Jacob and E′sau.  E′sau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him away to Pad′dan-a′ram to take a wife from there and that when he blessed him, he commanded him, “Do not take a wife from the daughters of Ca′naan,”+  and that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother and departed for Pad′dan-a′ram.+  E′sau then realized that the daughters of Ca′naan were displeasing to his father Isaac,+  so E′sau went to Ish′ma·el and took as wife Ma′ha·lath the daughter of Abraham’s son Ish′ma·el, the sister of Ne·ba′ioth, in addition to the other wives he already had.+ 10  Jacob departed from Be′er-she′ba and kept going toward Ha′ran.+ 11  In time he came to a place and prepared to spend the night there because the sun had set. So he took one of the stones of that place and set it to rest his head on and lay down there.+ 12  Then he had a dream, and look! there was a stairway* set on the earth, and its top reached up to the heavens; and there were God’s angels ascending and descending on it.+ 13  And look! there was Jehovah stationed above it, and he said: “I am Jehovah the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac.+ The land on which you are lying, to you I am going to give it and to your offspring.*+ 14  And your offspring* will certainly become like the dust particles of the earth,+ and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and by means of you and by means of your offspring* all the families of the ground will certainly be blessed.*+ 15  I am with you, and I will safeguard you wherever you go, and I will return you to this land.+ I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”+ 16  Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said: “Truly Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17  And he grew fearful and added: “How awe-inspiring this place is! This can only be the house of God,+ and this is the gate of the heavens.”+ 18  So Jacob got up early in the morning and took the stone on which he had rested his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.+ 19  So he named that place Beth′el,* but previously the city’s name was Luz.+ 20  Jacob then made a vow, saying: “If God will continue with me and will protect me on my journey and will give me bread to eat and garments to wear 21  and I return in peace to the house of my father, then Jehovah will certainly have proved to be my God. 22  And this stone that I have set up as a pillar will become a house of God,+ and without fail I will give you a tenth of everything you give to me.”


Lit., “seed.”
Or “ladder.”
Lit., “seed.”
Lit., “seed.”
Lit., “seed.”
Or “will obtain a blessing for themselves.”
Meaning “House of God.”

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