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Genesis 35:1-29

35  And God said to Jacob “Up with you to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to the Deity that appeared to you when you were a refugee from your brother ʽEsau.” 2  And Jacob said to his family and to all who were with him “Clear away the foreign gods you have among you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes, 3  and we will be going up to Bethel and I will make an altar there to the deity that answered me in my day of distress and was with me on the journey I went on.” 4*  And they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had in their possession, and the earrings they had in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the terebinth near Shekem. 5  And they marched away, and a dismay from God came over the cities around them and they did not pursue Jacob’s sons. 6  And Jacob came to Luz in Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people he had with him; 7  and he built an altar there and called the place El-Bethel because the divinities had revealed themselves to him there when he was a refugee from his brother. 8  And Rachel’s nurse Deborah died and was buried below Bethel under the Oak, and it was named Weeping Oak. 9  And God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-Aram, and blessed him; 10  and God said to him “Your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be named Jacob, but your name shall be Israel,” and named him Israel. 11**  And God said to him “I am El Shaddai; breed and multiply: a nation and a community of nations shall come from you, and kings shall spring from your body. 12  The country I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and to your descendants after you I will give the country.” 13  And God went up from him at the place where he had spoken with him; and Jacob set up an obelisk at the place where he had spoken with him, 14  a stone obelisk, and offered a libation on it and poured oil on it. 15  And Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him Bethel. 16  And he marched away from Bethel; and when it was a considerable way to Ephrath, Rachel gave birth to a child. And the birth went hard; 17  and while she was making hard work of the birth the midwife said to her “Do not be afraid, this too will be a son for you.” 18**  And as her life was passing out (for she died) she named him Benoni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19  And Rachel died, and was buried on the road to Ephrath, that is, Bethlehem. 20  And Jacob set up an obelisk over her grave, which is the Obelisk of Rachel’s Grave until today. 21  And Israel moved camp and pitched his tent beyond Migdal-ʽEder. 22  And while Israel was making his home in that country Reuben went and lay with his father’s concubine Bilhah; and Israel heard of it. 23  And there were twelve of Jacob’s sons: Leah’s sons, Reuben Jacob’s eldest and Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issacar and Zebulun; 24  Rachel’s sons, Joseph and Benjamin; 25  Rachel’s maid Bilhah’s sons, Dan and Naphtali; 26  Leah’s maid Zilpah’s sons, Gad and Asher. These are Jacob’s sons, born to him in Paddan-Aram. 27  And Jacob came to his father Isaac in Mamre at Kiriath-Arbogh (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had lived the immigrant life. 28  And Isaac’s life was a hundred and eighty years; 29  and Isaac breathed his last, and died and was gathered to his kinsfolk, old and satisfied to live no more; and his sons ʽEsau and Jacob buried him.

Footnotes

35:4 Or oak
35:11 Lit. and an assembly of nations
35:11 Lit. shall be from you
35:18 Benoni means, or seems to mean, son of my sorrow
35:18 Benjamin means, or seems to mean, son of a right hand