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Genesis 28

1 - Isaac called Jacob, blessed him, and commanded him, "You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

2 - Arise, 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.

3 - May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a company of peoples,

4 - and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your offspring with you, that you may inherit the land where you travel, which God gave to Abraham."

5 - Isaac sent Jacob away. He went to Paddan Aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, Rebekah's brother, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

6 - Now 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 shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan,"

7 - and that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Paddan Aram.

8 - Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan didn't please Isaac, his father.

9 - Esau 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.

10 - Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 - He 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.

12 - He dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 - Behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, "I am The LORD, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your offspring.

14 - Your offspring 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 offspring will all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 - Behold, 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 that which I have spoken of to you."

16 - Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I didn't know it."

17 - He was afraid, and said, "How dreadful is this place! This is none other than God's house, and this is the gate of heaven."

18 - Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on its top.

19 - He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.

20 - Jacob 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,

21 - so that I come again to my father's house in peace, and the LORD will be my God,

22 - then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, will be God's house. Of all that you will give me I will surely give a tenth to you."

Genesis 28 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Isaac forbids Jacob to marry a Canaanite, Isaac blesses Jacob and his seed with the blessings of Abraham, Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael, Jacob has a vision of a ladder reaching up to heaven with angels ascending and descending, the Lord promises Jacob that his seed will be as the dust of the earth in number, He also promises Jacob that in his seed all the nations of the world will be blessed, Jacob makes a vow to pay tithes to the Lord.

Outline
1 Isaac blesses Jacob and sends him to Padan-aram
6 Esau marries the daughter of Ishmael
10 The vision of Jacob's ladder
18 The stone of Bethel
20 Jacob's vow

Ancient Customs
Ladder
Pillar
Oil
Vow
The Tenth

Map of Abraham's Journey and Paddan-Aram
Map of the Abram's Journey from Ur to Haran through Canaan and to Egypt
The Journey of Abram from Ur to Haran and Paddan Aram

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The Old Testament

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The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt