Genesis 35
New Heart English Bible
1And God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and live there. Make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau." 2Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods that you have among you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3Let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and has been with me wherever I went." 4So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their possession, and the rings that were in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak that was near Shechem.

5Then they set out, and a terror of God was upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7He built an altar there, and called the place El Bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. 8Now Deborah, Rebekah?s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak outside Bethel. So he called its name Allon Bakuth.

9And God appeared to Jacob again after he returned from Paddan Aram, and blessed him.

10God said to him, "Your name is Jacob. Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but your name will be Israel." So he called his name Israel.

11And God said to him, "I am El Shaddai. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.

12The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you."

13Then God went up from him in the place where he spoke with him. 14And Jacob set up a standing-stone in the place where he spoke with him, a pillar of stone. And he poured out a drink offering on it, and poured oil on it. 15Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him Bethel.

16Then they set out from Bethel. There was still some distance to come to Ephrath, and Rachel went into labor, and her labor was difficult. 17When she was in the difficult labor, the midwife said to her, "Do not be afraid, for now you have another son." 18It happened, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-Oni, but his father named him Benjamin. 19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20Jacob set up a standing-stone on her grave. It is the standing-stone of Rachel?s grave to this day. 21And Israel traveled and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.

22It happened, while Israel lived in that land, that Reuben went and slept with Bilhah, his father?s secondary wife, and Israel heard about it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. 23The sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob?s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun. 24The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel?s servant: Dan and Naphtali. 26And the sons of Zilpah, Leah?s servant: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan Aram.

27So Jacob came to Isaac his father at Mamre in Kiriath Arba (which is Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.

28Now the days of Isaac were one hundred eighty years. 29And Isaac took his last breath and died, and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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