And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.…
I. The ancient heathens told in their fables how the gods had all left the earth one by one; how one lingered in pity, loath to desert the once happy world; how even that one at last departed. Jacob's dream showed something better, truer than this; it showed him God above him, God's angels all about him.
II. The intercourse between God and man has been enlarged and made perpetual in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son.
III. When Jacob awoke he consecrated a pillar, and vowed to build a sanctuary there and give tithes. We cannot altogether commend the spirit in which he made his vow. He tried to make a good bargain with the Almighty; yet God accepted him. The place was holy to him, because he knew that God was there.
(R. Winterbotham, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.