1 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there
to the Mighty God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your
2 And 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 garments.
3 Let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to the Mighty God, who
answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.
4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings
which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by
5 And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities all around them, and they
did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
6 So Jacob came to Luz (which is Bethel), in the land of Canaan, he and all the people
7 And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God had
revealed Himself to him when he fled from the face of his brother.
8 Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak
tree. So the name of it was called Allon Bachuth.
9 And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Paddan, and blessed him.
10 And God said to him, Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob
anymore, but Israel shall be your name. And He called his name Israel.
11 God also said to him: I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a
company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come forth from your loins.
12 The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your seed after you I
give this land.
13 And God ascended from him in the place where He had spoken with him.
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He had spoken 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 had spoken with him, Bethel.
16 And they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was still some ground to cover to arrive at Ephrath, Rachel was giving birth, and she had hard labor.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, Do not
fear; you shall have this son also.
18 And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (which is Bethlehem).
20 And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.
21 And Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.
22 And it happened, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah
his father's concubine; and Israel heard about it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
23 the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar,
24 the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin;
25 the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali;
26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons
of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan.
27 And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, to the city of Arba (which is Hebron),
where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
28 And the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years.
29 And Isaac expired and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and fulfilled in
days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.