1God said to Jacob, 'Move on, go to Bethel and settle there. Make an altar there for the God whoappeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.' 2Jacob said to his family and to all who were with him, 'Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you;cleanse yourselves, and change your clothes. 3We must move on and go to Bethel. There I shall make an altar for the God who heard me when I wasin distress, and gave me his help on the journey I made.' 4They gave Jacob al the foreign gods in their possession, and the earrings that they were wearing.Jacob buried them under the oak tree near Shechem. 5They broke camp; a divine terror struck the towns round about, and no one pursued the sons ofJacob. 6When Jacob arrived at Luz in Canaan -- that is, Bethel-and al the people with him, 7he built an altar there and named the place El-Bethel, since it was there that God had appeared to himwhen he was fleeing from his brother. 8Deborah, who had been Rebekah's nurse, died and was buried below Bethel, under the oak tree; sothey named it the Oak of Tears. 9God again appeared to Jacob on his return from Paddan-Aram, and blessed him. 10God said to him, 'Your name is Jacob, but from now on you wil be cal ed not Jacob but Israel.' Thushe came by the name Israel. 11God said to him, 'I am El Shaddai. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation, indeed an assembly of nations,wil descend from you, and kings will issue from your loins. 12The country which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I now give to you; and this country I shal give toyour descendants after you.' 13Then God went up from him. 14Jacob raised a monument at the spot where he had spoken to him, a standing-stone, on which hemade a libation and poured oil. 15Jacob named the place Bethel where God had spoken to him. 16They left Bethel, and while they were stil some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labour, andher pains were severe. 17When her labour was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, 'Do not worry, this is going to be anotherboy.' 18At the moment when she breathed her last, for she was dying, she named him Ben-Oni. His father,however, named him Benjamin. 19So Rachel died and was buried on the road to Ephrath, now Bethlehem. 20Jacob raised a monument on her grave, that same monument of Rachel's Tomb which is theretoday. 21Israel left and pitched his tent beyond Migdal-Eder. 22While Israel was living in that district, Reuben went and slept with Bilhah his father's concubine, andIsrael found out. The sons of Jacob were now twelve. 23The sons of Leah: Jacob's eldest son Reuben, then Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. 24The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's slave-girl: Dan and Naphtali. 26The sons of Zilpah, Leah's slave-girl: Gad and Asher. These were the sons born to Jacob in Paddan-Aram. 27Jacob came home to his father Isaac at Mamre, at Kiriath-Arba -- now Hebron -- where Abraham andIsaac had stayed. 28Isaac was one hundred and eighty years old 29when he breathed his last. He died and was gathered to his people, an old man who had enjoyed hisful span of life. His sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
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