- ¶ AND God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there;
and build there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the presence of your brother Esau.
- Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and cleanse yourselves, and change your garments;
- And let us arise and go up to Beth-el;
and I will build there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the journey that I took.
- So they gave to Jacob all the strange gods that were in their possession, and the earrings that were in their ears;
and Jacob buried them under the oak which was by Shechem.
- And they journeyed;
and the fear of God fell upon the towns that were round about them, and they did not pursue after Jacob and his sons.
- ¶ So Jacob came to Luz, that is Beth-el, which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people that were with him.
- And he built there an altar, and called the place Beth-el (the house of God), because there God appeared to him when he fled from the presence of his brother Esau.
- Then Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried below Bethel under an oak;
so the name of the oak was called Betemtha dabkhatha (the oak of weeping).
- And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan-aram, and blessed him.
- And God said to him.
Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name;
so he called his name Israel.
- And God said to him.
I am God Almighty;
be fruitful and multiply: a people and a multitude of peoples shall come from you, and kings shall come out of your loins;
- And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you, and to your descendants after you will I give the land.
- And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
- And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had talked with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it.
- And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth-el.
- ¶ And they journeyed from Bethel, and continued until they came within the distance of a mile from the entrance to Ephrath;
and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor while she was being delivered.
- And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, the midwife said to her, Fear not;
for this one also is a son for you.
- And it came to pass, as her soul was departing and she was dying, she called the child’s name Bar-kebai (the Son of My Sorrow);
but his father called him Benjamin (the Son of My Right Hand).
- And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Beth-lehem.
- And Jacob set up a pillar upon the grave of Rachel;
that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.
- ¶ And Israel journeyed, and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Gadar.
- And 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:
- The sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob’s first-born, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
- And the sons of Rachel: Joseph, and Benjamin.
- And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maid: Dan, and Naphtali.
- And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maid: Gad, and Asher.
These are the sons of Jacob that were born to him in Padan-aram.
- And Jacob came to his father Isaac to Mamre, to Koriath Gabarey, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
- And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
- Then Isaac grew weak and died;
and he was gathered to his people, being very old and full of days;
and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him in the burial ground which his father Abraham had purchased.