Genesis 35

God Sends Jacob to Bethel

(1) God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there, and there make an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother."

(2) Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, "Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments.

(3) Let us arise, and go up to Bethel. There I will make an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went."

(4) So they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

(5) Then they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.

(7) And he built an altar there, and called the place Elbethel, because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

(8) But Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and she was buried below Bethel under an oak, and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.

God Changes Jacob’s Named to Israel

(9) God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

(10) Then God said to him, "Your name is Jacob. Your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name." So he called his name Israel.

(11) God said to him, "I am God Almighty, be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come out of your loins.

(12) And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and to your descendants after you I will give the land."

(13) Then God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

(14) Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, a pillar of stone. He poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it.

(15) And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.

Rachel Dies Giving Birth to Benjamin

(16) Then they journeyed from Bethel, and when there was but a little way to go to Ephrath, Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor.

(17) It came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, "Do not fear, you shall have this son also."

(18) It came to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Benoni, but his father called him Benjamin.

(19) So Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

(20) And Jacob set a pillar on her grave. That is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.

(21) Then Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

Sons of Jacob

(22) It came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

(23) The sons of Leah are Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun.

(24) The sons of Rachel are Joseph, and Benjamin.

(25) The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid are Dan, and Naphtali.

(26) And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid are Gad, and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Padanaram.

Death of Isaac

(27) Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre, to the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac dwelt.

(28) The days of Isaac were 180 years.

(29) And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days, and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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