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Return to Bethel

1God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there. Make there an altar to God who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.”

2Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your clothing.
  3Let’s arise and go up to Bethel. I will make an altar there to the God who answered me in the day of my distress and was with me on whichever road I traveled.”

4They gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that were in their hands, and the rings that were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak that was by Shechem.
  5They traveled, and a terror from God was on the cities that were around them so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
  6So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), that 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 was revealed to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

8Deborah, the one who had nursed and raised Rebekah, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak; and its name was called Allon Bacuth.

9God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan Aram, and blessed him.
  10God said to him, “Your name is Jacob. Your name will not be Jacob any more, but your name will be Israel.” He named him Israel.
  11God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations will be from you, and kings will come out of your body.
  12The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give it to you, and to your seed after you I will give the land.”

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

14Jacob set up a standing-stone in the place where he spoke with him, a pillar of stone. 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.”

Rachel’s Death

16They traveled from Bethel. There was still some distance to come to Ephrath, and Rachel travailed. She had hard labor.
  17When she was in hard labor the midwife said to her, “Do not be afraid, for now you will have another son.”
  18It came to pass as her soul was departing (for she died) that she named him Benoni; but his father named him Benjamin.
  19Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath (which is Bethlehem).
  20Jacob set up a standing-stone on her grave, which is the standing-stone marking of Rachel’s grave to this day.

Israel’s Sons

21Israel traveled and spread his tent beyond the tower of Eder.
  22It came to pass while Israel lived in that land that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were 12.

23The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
  24The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
  25The sons of Bilhah (Rachel’s slave): Dan and Naphtali.
  26The sons of Zilpah (Leah’s slave): Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan Aram.

Isaac’s Death

27Jacob came to Isaac his father, to Mamre, to Kiriath-arba (which is Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac lived as foreigners.
  28The days of Isaac were 180 years.
  29Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.

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