THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 28 ©
Isaac sends for Jacob and charges him to travel to Mesopotamia, and to take him a wife of the daughters of Laban; wishing him good speed for his journey with the renewing and confirming of the benediction which he, unknowingly, had previously given him, vs. 1, etc. Esau, perceiving that his design was frustrated and that his wives from Canaan were not acceptable to his father, he goes and still marries another woman of Ishmael’s family, 6. Jacob undertakes the journey, and sees by the way that most remarkable vision of a ladder in a dream, receiving there most excellent promises of God, 12. Whereby, being strengthened and encouraged, he sets up a memorial there, and engages himself in a vow of thankfulness to God, v.16.
AND Isaac called Jacob, and 1blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
Arise,a go to 2Padan-aram, to the house of 3Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
And 4God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
And give thee 5the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and tob thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a 6stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel 7the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
¶When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan 8pleased not Isaac his father;
Then went Esau unto 9Ishmael, and took unto the wives 10which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of 11Nebajoth, to be his wife.
¶And Jacob went out from 12Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.
And he lighted 13upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took 14of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
And 15he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and 16the top of it reached to heaven: and behold thec17angels of God ascending and descending on it.
And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, 18I amd the LORD God of Abraham 19thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee wille I give it, and to thy seed;
And thy seed shall be 20as the dust of the earth, and 21thou shalt spread abroad to the 22west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and inf thee 23and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
And, behold, 24I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, 25until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
¶And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, 26Surely the LORD is in this place; and 27I knew it not.
And he was afraid, and said, How 28dreadful is this place! this is none other but 29the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and setg it up for a pillar, and 30poured 31oil 32upon the top of it.
And he called the name of that place 33Beth-el: but the name of that city was called 34Luz at the first.
And Jacob 35vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me 36bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
So that I come again to my father’s house 37in peace; then shall the LORD be my 38God:
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, 39shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will 40surely give the tenth unto thee.