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Jacob’s Departure

1Isaac called Jacob, blessed him and commanded him, “You must not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
  2Arise, go to Paddan Aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father. Take a wife from there from the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.
  3May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be a company of peoples,
  4and give you the blessing of Abraham to you and to your seed with you, that you may inherit the land where you travel that God gave to Abraham.”
  5Isaac sent Jacob away. He went to Paddan Aram, to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, Rebekah’s brother, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

6Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan Aram to take him a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a command, saying, “You must not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan,”
  7and that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan Aram.
  8Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac his father.
  9Esau went to Ishmael and took, besides the wives that he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife.

Jacob at Bethel

10Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
  11He came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. He took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.
  12He dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
  13Behold, Yahweh stood above it and said, “I am Yahweh, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you are lying, to you I will give it and to your seed.
  14Your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south. In you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
  15Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you again into this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken of to you.”

16Jacob awakened out of his sleep and he said, “Surely Yahweh is in this place, and I did not know it.”
  17He was afraid and said, “How awe-inspiring is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18So Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a standing-stone and poured oil on its top.
  19He called the name of that place Bethel,a but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
  20Jacob vowed a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to put on,
  21so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then Yahweh will be my God,
  22and this stone that I have set up for a standing-stone will be a house of God. And of all that you will give me I will give a tenth, yes, a tenth, to you.”

“Bethel” means “house of God”

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