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Genesis 35 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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God Blesses and Renames Jacob

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:1 - God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:2 - So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:3 - Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:4 - So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:5 - And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:6 - And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:7 - and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel,[fn] because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:8 - And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:9 - God appeared[fn] to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:10 - And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:11 - And God said to him, “I am God Almighty:[fn] be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:12 - The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:13 - Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:14 - And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:15 - So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:16 - Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance[fn] from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:17 - And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:18 - And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni;[fn] but his father called him Benjamin.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:19 - So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem),
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:20 - and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:21 - Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:22 - While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. And Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:23 - The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:24 - The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:25 - The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant: Dan and Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:26 - The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:27 - And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:28 - Now the days of Isaac were 180 years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:29 - And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
ESV Footnotes
El-bethel means God of Bethel
Allon-bacuth means oak of weeping
Or had appeared
Hebrew El Shaddai
Hebrew from your loins
Or about two hours’ distance
Ben-oni could mean son of my sorrow, or son of my strength
Benjamin means son of the right hand

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