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Genesis 35

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 1 Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and settle there, and make an altar there to God who appeared to you when you fled from Esau your brother."

 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 clothes;

 3 Then let 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 was with me wherever I went."

 4 And they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods and all the earrings that were in their ears;1 and Jacob buried them under the oak that was by Shechem.

 5 So they journeyed, and terror from God was upon the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

 6 So Jacob came to Luz, that is, Bethel, which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people with him.

 7 And he built an altar there, and called the place Elbethel, because God had appeared to him there when he fled from his brother.

 8 But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died and was buried below Bethel under an oak; and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.

 9 And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

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

 11 And God said to him, "I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you and kings shall come out of you;

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

 13 Then God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it and he poured oil on it.

 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.

 16 Then they journeyed from Bethel and when there was only a little way to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth and had hard labor.

 17 And when she was in hard labor, the midwife said to her, "Do not fear; you shall have this son also."

 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Benoni [son of my sorrow]; but his father called him Benjamin [son of my right hand].

 19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

 20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.

 21 Then Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

 22 And when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard about it. Now Jacob had twelve sons.

 23 The sons of Leah were: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.

 24 The sons of Rachel were: Joseph and Benjamin.

 25 The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid were: Dan and Naphtali.

 26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maid were: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

 27 Then Jacob came to Isaac his father at Mamre, to the city of Arba, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.

 28 Now the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.

 29 And Isaac breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.


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1 The Amplified Bible reports that the earrings were worn as charms against evil.

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