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Genesis 35 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Jacob’s Return to Bethel
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:1 - Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:2 - So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:3 - We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:4 - So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:5 - As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:6 - Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:7 - Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:8 - Soon after this, Rebekah’s old nurse, Deborah, died. She was buried beneath the oak tree in the valley below Bethel. Ever since, the tree has been called Allon-bacuth (which means “oak of weeping”).
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:9 - Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:10 - saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.”[fn] So God renamed him Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:11 - Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:12 - And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:13 - Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:14 - Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:15 - And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:16 - Leaving Bethel, Jacob and his clan moved on toward Ephrath. But Rachel went into labor while they were still some distance away. Her labor pains were intense.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:17 - After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, “Don’t be afraid—you have another son!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:18 - Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means “son of my sorrow”). The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means “son of my right hand”).
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:19 - So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:20 - Jacob set up a stone monument over Rachel’s grave, and it can be seen there to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:21 - Then Jacob[fn] traveled on and camped beyond Migdal-eder.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:22 - While he was living there, Reuben had intercourse with Bilhah, his father’s concubine, and Jacob soon heard about it.
These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:23 - The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob’s oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:24 - The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:25 - The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, were Dan and Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:26 - The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant, were Gad and Asher. These are the names of the sons who were born to Jacob at Paddan-aram.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:27 - So Jacob returned to his father, Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as foreigners.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:28 - Isaac lived for 180 years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 35:29 - Then he breathed his last and died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him.
NLT Footnotes
Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” Israel means “God fights.”
Hebrew Israel; also in 35:22a. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.
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