God Blesses and Renames Jacob

Genesis 35

1 Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to a Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, b who appeared to you c when you fled from the face of Esau your brother." 2 And Jacob said to his d household and to all who were with him, "Put away e the foreign gods that are among you, f purify yourselves, and change your garments. 3 "Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, g who answered me in the day of my distress h and has been with me in the way which I have gone." 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign 1 gods which were in their hands, and the i earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under j the terebinth tree which was by Shechem.

5 And they journeyed, and k the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6 So Jacob came to l Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7 And he m built an altar there and called the place 2 El Bethel, 3 because n there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother. 8 Now o Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the terebinth tree. So the name of it was called 4 Allon Bachuth. 5

9 Then p God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and q blessed him. 10 And God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; r your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, s but Israel shall be your name." So He called his name Israel. 11 Also God said to him: t "I am God Almighty. u Be fruitful and multiply; v a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12 "The w land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land." 13 Then God x went 6 up from him in the place where He talked with him. 14 So Jacob y set up a pillar in the place where He talked 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 spoke with him, z Bethel.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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