Genesis 28

Jacob Sent to Take a Wife From Laban’s Daughters

(1) Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, "You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.

(2) Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.

(3) May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people.

(4) And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham."

(5) Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Padanaram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

Esau Marries Ishmael’s Daughter Mahalath

(6) Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, "You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,"

(7) and that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and had gone to Padanaram.

(8) Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac his father.

(9) Then Esau went to Ishmael, and took, in addition to the wives which he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

The LORD Speaks to Jacob in a Dream

(10) Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

(11) He came to a certain place, and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. So he took the stones in that place, and used them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

(12) And he dreamed, and behold a ladder was set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

(13) And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, "I am the LORD God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.

(14) Your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

(15) Behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places wherever you go, and will bring you again to this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken of to you."

(16) Then Jacob awoke from his sleep, and he said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."

(17) And he was afraid, and said, "How fearful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

Jacob Names the Place Bethel

(18) So Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had used as his pillows, and set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it.

(19) He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of that city was Luz at first.

(20) Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on,

(21) so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the LORD be my God.

(22) This stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house, and of all that you shall give me I will surely give a tenth to you."

God’s Word can NOT be copyrighted by man.

King James Version, Updated™ (KJVu™) is Public Domain. This work may be copied and used by anyone. "King James Version, Updated" and "KJVu" are trademarks. Exact copies of this work may use the trademarked terms. Any derivative work (changes made) may NOT use the trademarked terms. For additional information please see the Legal page.