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01 GENESIS 44

Later on he commanded the man who was over his house, saying: “Fill the bags of the men with food to the extent they are able to carry it and place the money of each one in the mouth of his bag. 2 But you must place my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the bag of the youngest and the money for his cereals.” So he did according to the word of Joseph which he had spoken.
3 The morning had become light when the men were sent away, both they and their asses. 4 They went out of the city. They had not gone far when Joseph said to the man who was over his house: “Get up! Chase after the men and be certain to overtake them and to say to them, ‘Why have YOU repaid bad for good? 5 Is not this the thing that my master drinks from and by means of which he expertly reads omens? It is a bad deed YOU have committed.’”
6 Eventually he overtook them and spoke these words to them. 7 But they said to him: “Why does my lord speak with such words as these? It is unthinkable that your servants should do anything like this. 8 Why, the money that we found in the mouth of our bags we brought back to you from the land of Ca′naan. How, then, could we steal silver or gold from the house of your master? 9 Let the one of your slaves with whom it may be found die and let us ourselves also become slaves to my master.” 10 So he said: “Let it be now exactly according to YOUR words. Thus the one with whom it may be found will become a slave to me, but YOU yourselves will be proved innocent.” 11 With that they quickly let down each one his bag to the earth and they opened each one his own bag. 12 And he went searching carefully. He started with the oldest and finished with the youngest. At last the cup was found in Benjamin’s bag.
13 Then they ripped their mantles apart and lifted each one his load back onto his ass and returned to the city. 14 And Judah and his brothers went on into Joseph’s house, and he was still there; and they proceeded to fall before him to the earth. 15 Joseph now said to them: “What sort of deed is this that YOU have done? Did YOU not know that such a man as I am can expertly read omens?” 16 At this Judah exclaimed: “What can we say to my master? What can we speak? And how can we prove ourselves righteous? The [true] God has found out the error of your slaves. Here we are slaves to my master, both we and the one in whose hand the cup was found!” 17 However, he said: “It is unthinkable for me to do this! The man in whose hand the cup was found is the one who will become a slave to me. As for the rest of YOU, go up in peace to YOUR father.”
18 Judah now came near to him and said: “I pray you, my master, please let your slave speak a word in the hearing of my master, and do not let your anger grow hot against your slave, because it is the same with you as with Phar′aoh. 19 My master asked his slaves, saying, ‘Do YOU have a father or a brother?’ 20 So we said to my master, ‘We do have an aged father and a child of his old age, the youngest. But his brother is dead so that he alone is left of his mother, and his father does love him.’ 21 After that you said to your slaves, ‘Bring him down to me that I may set my eye upon him.’ 22 But we said to my master, ‘The boy is not able to leave his father. If he did leave his father, he would certainly die.’ 23 Then you said to your slaves, ‘Unless YOUR youngest brother comes down with YOU, YOU may not see my face anymore.’
24 “And it came about that we went up to your slave my father and then told him the words of my master. 25 Later our father said, ‘Return, buy a little food for us.’ 26 But we said, ‘We are not able to go down. If our youngest brother is with us we will go down, because we are not able to see the man’s face in case our youngest brother is not with us.’ 27 Then your slave my father said to us, ‘YOU yourselves well know that my wife bore but two sons to me. 28 Later the one went out from my company and I exclaimed: “Ah, he must surely be torn to pieces!” and I have not seen him till now. 29 If YOU were to take this one also out of my sight and a fatal accident were to befall him, YOU would certainly bring down my gray hairs with calamity to She′ol.’
30 “And now, as soon as I should come to your slave my father without the boy along with us, when that one’s soul is bound up with this one’s soul, 31 then it is certain to occur that as soon as he sees that the boy is not there he will simply die, and your slaves will indeed bring down the gray hairs of your slave our father with grief to She′ol. 32 For your slave became surety for the boy when away from his father, saying, ‘If I fail to bring him back to you, then I shall have sinned against my father forever.’ 33 So now, please, let your slave stay instead of the boy as a slave to my master, that the boy may go up with his brothers. 34 For how can I go up to my father without the boy along with me, for fear that then I may look upon the calamity that will find out my father?

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01 GENESIS 39

As for Joseph, he was brought down to Egypt, and Pot′i‧phar, a court official of Phar′aoh, the chief of the bodyguard, an Egyptian, got to buy him from the hand of the Ish′ma‧el‧ites who had brought him down there. 2 But Jehovah proved to be with Joseph, so that he turned out a successful man and came to be over the house of his master, the Egyptian. 3 And his master got to see that Jehovah was with him and that everything he was doing Jehovah was making turn out successful in his hand.
4 And Joseph kept finding favor in his eyes and waited upon him continually, so that he appointed him over his house, and all that was his he gave into his hand. 5 And it followed that from the time he appointed him over his house and in charge of all that was his Jehovah kept blessing the house of the Egyptian due to Joseph, and Jehovah’s blessing came to be upon all that he had in the house and in the field. 6 Finally he left everything that was his in Joseph’s hand; and he did not know what was with him at all except the bread he was eating. Moreover, Joseph grew to be beautiful in form and beautiful in appearance.
7 Now after these things it came about that the wife of his master began to raise her eyes toward Joseph and say: “Lie down with me.” 8 But he would refuse and would say to his master’s wife: “Here my master does not know what is with me in the house, and everything he has he has given into my hand. 9 There is no one greater in this house than I am, and he has not withheld from me anything at all except you, because you are his wife. So how could I commit this great badness and actually sin against God?”
10 So it turned out that as she spoke to Joseph day after day he never listened to her to lie alongside her, to continue with her. 11 But it happened that on this day as other days he went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house. 12 Then she grabbed hold of him by his garment, saying: “Lie down with me!” But he left his garment in her hand and took to flight and went on outside. 13 So it occurred that as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand that he might flee outside, 14 she began to cry out to the men of her house and to say to them: “Look! He brought to us a man, a Hebrew, to make us a laughingstock. He came to me to lie down with me, but I began to cry out at the top of my voice. 15 And it followed that as soon as he heard that I raised my voice and began crying out, he then left his garment beside me and took to flight and went on outside.” 16 After that she kept his garment laid up beside her until his master came to his house.
17 Then she spoke to him according to these words, saying: “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came to me to make me a laughingstock. 18 But it followed that as soon as I raised my voice and began to cry out, he then left his garment beside me and went fleeing outside.” 19 The result was that as soon as his master heard the words of his wife which she spoke to him, saying: “Like this and this your servant did to me,” his anger blazed. 20 So Joseph’s master took him and gave him over to the prison house, the place where the prisoners of the king were kept under arrest, and he continued there in the prison house.
21 However, Jehovah continued with Joseph and kept extending loving-kindness to him and granting him to find favor in the eyes of the chief officer of the prison house. 22 So the chief officer of the prison house gave over into Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison house; and everything that they were doing there he proved to be the one having it done. 23 The chief officer of the prison house was looking after absolutely nothing that was in his hand, because Jehovah was with [Joseph] and what he was doing Jehovah was making it turn out successful

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01 GENESIS 37

And Jacob continued to dwell in the land of the alien residences of his father, in the land of Ca′naan.
2 This is the history of Jacob.
Joseph, when seventeen years old, happened to be tending sheep with his brothers among the flock, and, being but a boy, he was with the sons of Bil′hah and the sons of Zil′pah, the wives of his father. So Joseph brought a bad report about them to their father. 3 And Israel loved Joseph more than all his other sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he had a long, striped shirtlike garment made for him. 4 When his brothers came to see that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they began to hate him, and they were not able to speak peacefully to him.
5 Later on Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers, and they found further reason to hate him. 6 And he went on to say to them: “Listen, please, to this dream that I have dreamed. 7 Well, here we were binding sheaves in the middle of the field when here my sheaf got up and also stood erect and here YOUR sheaves proceeded to encircle and bow down to my sheaf.” 8 And his brothers began to say to him: “Are you going to be king over us for certain? or, Are you going to dominate over us for certain?” So they found fresh reason to hate him over his dreams and over his words.
9 After that he had still another dream, and he related it to his brothers and said: “Here I have had a dream once more, and here the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 Then he related it to his father as well as his brothers, and his father began to rebuke him and say to him: “What does this dream that you have dreamed mean? Am I and also your mother and your brothers for certain going to come and bow down to the earth to you?” 11 And his brothers grew jealous of him, but his father observed the saying.
12 His brothers now went to feed the flock of their father close by She′chem. 13 After a while Israel said to Joseph: “Your brothers are tending [flocks] close by She′chem, are they not? Come, and let me send you to them.” At this he said to him: “Here I am!” 14 So he said to him: “Go, please. See whether your brothers are safe and sound and whether the flock is safe and sound, and bring me back word.” With that he sent him away from the low plain of He′bron, and he went on toward She′chem. 15 Later a man found him and here he was wandering in a field. Then the man inquired of him, saying: “What are you looking for?” 16 To this he said: “It is my brothers I am looking for. Tell me, please, Where are they tending flocks?” 17 And the man continued: “They have pulled away from here, because I heard them saying, ‘Let us go to Do′than.’” So Joseph kept on after his brothers and found them at Do′than. (SEE DOTAN’S LOCATION ON MAP)
18 Well, they caught sight of him from a distance, and before he could get close by them they began plotting cunningly against him to put him to death. 19 So they said to one another: “Look! Here comes that dreamer. 20 And now come and let us kill him and pitch him into one of the waterpits; and we must say a vicious wild beast devoured him. Then let us see what will become of his dreams.” 21 When Reu′ben heard this he tried to deliver him out of their hand. So he said: “Let us not strike his soul fatally.” 22 And Reu′ben went on to say to them: “Do not spill blood. Pitch him into this waterpit which is in the wilderness and do not lay a violent hand upon him.” His purpose was to deliver him out of their hand in order to return him to his father.
23 So it came about that as soon as Joseph came to his brothers, they went stripping Joseph of his long garment, even the long striped garment that was upon him; 24 after which they took him and pitched him into the waterpit. At the time the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
25 Then they sat down to eat bread. When they raised their eyes and took a look, why, here was a caravan of Ish′ma‧el‧ites that was coming from Gil′e‧ad, and their camels were carrying labdanum and balsam and resinous bark, on their way to take it down to Egypt. 26 At this Judah said to his brothers: “What profit would there be in case we killed our brother and did cover over his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ish′ma‧el‧ites, and do not let our hand be upon him. After all, he is our brother, our flesh.” So they listened to their brother. 28 Now men, Mid′i‧an‧ite merchants, went passing by. Hence they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the waterpit and then sold Joseph to the Ish′ma‧el‧ites for twenty silver pieces. Eventually these brought Joseph into Egypt.
29 Later Reu′ben returned to the waterpit and here Joseph was not in the waterpit. Consequently he ripped his garments apart. 30 When he returned to his other brothers he exclaimed: “The child is gone! And I—where am I really to go?”
31 However, they took Joseph’s long garment and slaughtered a male goat and repeatedly dipped the long garment in the blood. 32 After that they sent the long striped garment and had it brought to their father and said: “This is what we found. Examine, please, whether it is your son’s long garment or not.” 33 And he went examining it and exclaimed: “It is my son’s long garment! A vicious wild beast must have devoured him! Joseph is surely torn to pieces!” 34 With that Jacob ripped his mantles apart and put sackcloth upon his hips and carried on mourning over his son for many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters kept rising up to comfort him, but he kept refusing to take comfort and saying: “For I shall go down mourning to my son into She′ol!” And his father continued weeping for him.
36 However, the Mid′i‧an‧ites sold him into Egypt to Pot′i‧phar a court official of Phar′aoh, the chief of the bodyguard.

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01 GENESIS 35

After that God said to Jacob: “Rise, go up to Beth′el and dwell there, and make an altar there to the [true] God who appeared to you when you were running away from E′sau your brother.”
2 Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him: “Put away the foreign gods that are in the midst of YOU and cleanse yourselves and change YOUR mantles, 3 and let us rise and go up to Beth′el. And there I shall make an altar to the [true] God who answered me in the day of my distress in that he proved to be with me in the way that I have gone.” 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods that were in their hands and the earrings that were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the big tree that was close by She′chem.
5 After that they pulled away, and the terror of God came to be upon the cities that were round about them, so that they did not chase after the sons of Jacob. 6 Eventually Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Ca′naan, that is to say, Beth′el, he and all the people who were with him. 7 Then he built an altar there and began to call the place El-beth′el, (Meaning “The God of Bethel.”) because there the [true] God had revealed himself to him at the time of his running away from his brother. 8 Later Deb′o‧rah the nursing woman of Re‧bek′ah died and was buried at the foot of Beth′el under a massive tree. Hence he called its name Al′lon-bac′uth.(Meaning “Massive Tree of Weeping.”)
9 God now appeared to Jacob once again during his coming from Pad′dan-a′ram and blessed him. 10 And God went on to say to him: “Your name is Jacob. No longer is your name to be called Jacob, but Israel will your name become.” And he began to call his name Israel. 11 And God said further to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and become many. Nations and a congregation of nations will proceed out of you, and kings will come out of your loins. 12 As for the land that I have given to Abraham and to Isaac, to you I shall give it, and to your seed after you I shall give the land.” 13 After that God went up from above him at the place where he had spoken with him.
14 Consequently Jacob stationed a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured a drink offering upon it and poured oil upon it. 15 And Jacob continued to call the name of the place where God had spoken with him Beth′el.
16 Then they pulled away from Beth′el. And while there was yet a good stretch of land before coming to Eph′rath, Rachel proceeded to give birth, and it was going hard with her in making the delivery. 17 But so it was that while she had difficulty in making the delivery the midwife said to her: “Do not be afraid, for you will have this son also.” 18 And the result was that as her soul 8Her soul (life).” Heb., naph‧shah′; Gr., psy‧khen′.) was going out (because she died) she called his name Ben-o′ni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19 Thus Rachel died and was buried on the way to Eph′rath, that is to say, Beth′le‧hem. 20 Hence Jacob stationed a pillar over her grave. This is the pillar of Rachel’s grave down to this day.
21 After that Israel pulled away and pitched his tent a distance beyond the tower of E′der. 22 And it came about while Israel was tabernacling in that land that once Reu′ben went and lay down with Bil′hah his father’s concubine, and Israel got to hear of it.
So there came to be twelve sons of Jacob. 23 The sons by Le′ah were Jacob’s firstborn Reu′ben and Sim′e‧on and Le′vi and Judah and Is′sa‧char and Zeb′u‧lun. 24 The sons by Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. 25 And the sons by Bil′hah, Rachel’s maidservant, were Dan and Naph′ta‧li. 26 And the sons by Zil′pah, Le′ah’s maidservant, were Gad and Ash′er. These are Jacob’s sons who were born to him in Pad′dan-a′ram.
27 At length Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mam′re, to Kir′i‧ath-ar′ba, that is to say, He′bron, where Abraham and also Isaac had resided as aliens. 28 And the days of Isaac came to be a hundred and eighty years. 29 After that Isaac expired and died and was gathered to his people, old and satisfied with days, and E′sau and Jacob his sons buried him

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01 GENESIS 34

Now Di′nah the daughter of Le′ah, whom she had borne to Jacob, used to go out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And She′chem the son of Ha′mor the Hi′vite, a chieftain of the land, got to see her and then took her and lay down with her and violated her. 3 And his soul began clinging to Di′nah the daughter of Jacob, and he fell in love with the young woman and kept speaking persuasively to the young woman. 4 Finally She′chem said to Ha′mor his father: “Get me this young lady as a wife.”
5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Di′nah his daughter. And his sons happened to be with his herd in the field; and Jacob kept silent until they should come in. 6 Later Ha′mor, She′chem’s father, went out to Jacob to speak with him. 7 And the sons of Jacob came in from the field as soon as they heard of it; and the men became hurt in their feelings and they grew very angry, because he had committed a disgraceful folly against Israel in lying down with Jacob’s daughter, whereas nothing like that ought to be done.
8 And Ha′mor proceeded to speak with them, saying: “As for She′chem my son, his soul is attached to YOUR daughter. Give her, please, to him as a wife, 9 and form marriage alliances with us. YOUR daughters YOU are to give to us, and our daughters YOU are to take for yourselves. 10 And with us YOU may dwell, and the land will become available for YOU. Dwell and carry on business in it and get settled in it.” 11 Then She′chem said to her father and to her brothers: “Let me find favor in YOUR eyes, and whatever YOU will say to me I shall give it. 12 Raise very high the marriage money and gift imposed upon me, and I stand willing to give according to what YOU may say to me; only give me the young woman as a wife.”
13 And Jacob’s sons began to answer She′chem and Ha′mor his father with deceit and to speak so because he had defiled Di′nah their sister. 14 And they went on to say to them: “We cannot possibly do such a thing, to give our sister to a man who has a foreskin, because that is a reproach to us. 15 Only on this condition can we give consent to YOU, that YOU become like us, by every male of YOURS getting circumcised. 16 Then we shall certainly give our daughters to YOU, and YOUR daughters we shall take for ourselves, and we shall certainly dwell with YOU and become one people. 17 But if YOU do not listen to us to get circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go.”
18 And their words seemed good in the eyes of Ha′mor and in the eyes of She′chem, Ha′mor’s son, 19 and the young man did not delay to perform the condition, because he did find delight in Jacob’s daughter and he was the most honorable of the whole house of his father.
20 So Ha′mor and She′chem his son went to the gate of their city and began to speak to the men of their city, saying: 21 “These men are peace-loving toward us. Hence let them dwell in the land and carry on business in it, as the land is quite wide before them. Their daughters we can take as wives for ourselves and our own daughters we can give to them. 22 Only on this condition will the men give us their consent to dwell with us so as to become one people, that every male of ours gets circumcised just the way they are circumcised. 23 Then their possessions and their wealth and all their livestock, will they not be ours? Only let us give them our consent that they may dwell with us.” 24 Then all those going out by the gate of his city listened to Ha′mor and to She′chem his son, and all the males got circumcised, all those going out by the gate of his city.
25 However, it came about that on the third day, when they got to be aching, the two sons of Jacob, Sim′e‧on and Le′vi, brothers of Di′nah, proceeded to take each one his sword and to go unsuspectedly to the city and to kill every male. 26 And Ha′mor and She′chem his son they killed with the edge of the sword. Then they took Di′nah from She′chem’s house and went on out. 27 The other sons of Jacob attacked the fatally wounded men and went plundering the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 Their flocks and their herds and their asses and what was in the city and what was in the field they took. 29 And all their means of maintenance and all their little children and their wives they carried off captive, so that they plundered all that was in the houses.
30 At this Jacob said to Sim′e‧on and to Le′vi: “YOU have brought ostracism upon me in making me a stench to the inhabitants of the land, with the Ca′naan‧ites and the Per′iz‧zites; whereas I am few in number, and they will certainly gather together against me and assault me and I must be annihilated, I and my house.” 31 In turn they said: “Ought anyone to treat our sister like a prostitute?

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01 GENESIS 29

After that Jacob set his feet in motion and traveled on to the land of the Orientals. 2 Now he looked, and here there was a well in the field and here three droves of sheep were lying down there by it, because from that well they were accustomed to water the droves; and there was a great stone over the mouth of the well. 3 When all the droves had been gathered there, they rolled away the stone from off the mouth of the well, and they watered the flocks, after which they returned the stone over the mouth of the well to its place.
4 So Jacob said to them: “My brothers, from what place are YOU?” to which they said: “We are from Ha′ran.” 5 Then he said to them: “Do YOU know La′ban the grandson of Na′hor?” to which they said: “We know him.” 6 At this he said to them: “Is it all right with him?” (Lit., “[Is there] peace to him?” Heb., hasha‧lohm′ loh?) In turn they said: “It is all right. And here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep!” 7 And he went on to say: “Why, it is yet full day. It is not the time for gathering the herds. WATER the sheep, then go feed them.” 8 To this they said: “We are not allowed to do so until all the droves are gathered and they actually roll away the stone from off the mouth of the well. Then we must water the sheep.”
9 While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with the sheep that belonged to her father, for she was a shepherdess. 10 And it came about that when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of La′ban his mother’s brother and the sheep of La′ban his mother’s brother, Jacob immediately approached and rolled away the stone from off the mouth of the well and watered the sheep of La′ban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and raised his voice and burst into tears. 12 And Jacob began to tell Rachel that he was the brother of her father and that he was the son of Re‧bek′ah. And she went running and telling her father.
13 Now it came about that as soon as La′ban heard the report about Jacob the son of his sister, he went running to meet him. Then he embraced him and kissed him and brought him on into his house. And he began to relate to La′ban all these things. 14 After that La′ban said to him: “You are indeed my bone and my flesh.” So he dwelt with him a full month.
15 After that La′ban said to Jacob: “Are you my brother, and must you serve me for nothing? Tell me, What are your wages to be?” 16 As it was, La′ban had two daughters. The name of the older was Le′ah and the name of the younger Rachel. 17 But the eyes of Le′ah had no luster, whereas Rachel had become beautiful in form and beautiful of countenance. 18 And Jacob was in love with Rachel. So he said: “I am willing to serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” 19 To this La′ban said: “It is better for me to give her to you than for me to give her to another man. Keep dwelling with me.” 20 And Jacob proceeded to serve seven years for Rachel, but in his eyes they proved to be like some few days because of his love for her.
21 Then Jacob said to La′ban: “Give over my wife, because my days are up, and let me have relations with her.” 22 With that La′ban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. 23 But it turned out that during the evening he resorted to taking Le′ah his daughter and bringing her to him that he might have relations with her. 24 Moreover, La′ban gave to her Zil′pah his maidservant, even to Le′ah his daughter, as a maidservant. 25 So it followed in the morning that here it was Le′ah! Consequently he said to La′ban: “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? So why have you tricked me?” 26 To this La′ban said: “It is not customary to do this way in our place, to give the younger woman before the firstborn. 27 Celebrate to the full the week of this woman. After that there shall be given to you also this other woman for the service that you can serve with me for seven years more.” 28 Accordingly Jacob did so and celebrated fully the week of this woman, after which he gave him Rachel his daughter as his wife. 29 Besides, La′ban gave Bil′hah his maidservant to Rachel his daughter as her maidservant.
30 Then he had relations also with Rachel and also expressed more love for Rachel than for Le′ah, and he went serving with him for yet seven years more. 31 When Jehovah came to see that Le′ah was hated, he then opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Le′ah became pregnant and brought a son to birth and then called his name Reu′ben, (Meaning “See, a Son!” Heb., Reʼu‧ven′.) for she said: “It is because Jehovah has looked upon my wretchedness, in that now my husband will begin to love me.” 33 And she became pregnant again and brought a son to birth and then said: “It is because Jehovah has listened, in that I was hated and so he gave me also this one.” Hence she called his name Sim′e‧on. (Meaning “Hearing,” that is, with acceptance. Heb., Shim‧ʽohn′)
34 And she became pregnant yet again and brought a son to birth and then said: “Now this time my husband will join himself to me, because I have borne him three sons.” His name was therefore called Le′vi. (Meaning “Adherence; Joined.” Heb., Le‧w)
35 And she became pregnant once more and brought a son to birth and then said: “This time I shall laud Jehovah.” She therefore called his name Judah. (Meaning “Lauded; [Object of] Laudation.” Heb., Yehu‧dhah′.) After that she left off giving birth.

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01 GENESIS 28

Consequently Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and commanded him and said to him: “You must not take a wife from the daughters of Ca′naan. 2 Get up, go to Pad′dan-a′ram to the house of Be‧thu′el the father of your mother and from there take yourself a wife from the daughters of La′ban the brother of your mother. 3 And God Almighty will bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and you will certainly become a congregation of peoples. 4 And he will give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed with you, that you may take possession of the land of your alien residences, which God has given to Abraham.”
5 So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he struck out for Pad′dan-a′ram, for La′ban the son of Be‧thu′el the Syrian, the brother of Re‧bek′ah, mother of Jacob and E′sau.
6 When E′sau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him away to Pad′dan-a′ram to take from there a wife for himself, and that when he blessed him he laid the command upon him, saying: “Do not take a wife from the daughters of Ca′naan”; 7 and that Jacob was obeying his father and his mother and was on his way to Pad′dan-a′ram; 8 then E′sau saw that the daughters of Ca′naan were displeasing in the eyes of Isaac his father. 9 Hence E′sau went to Ish′ma‧el (Or, “the Ishmaelites.” By now Ishmael himself was dead and Esau was about 77 years old. See 25:17, 26.) and took as wife Ma′ha‧lath the daughter of Ish′ma‧el the son of Abraham, the sister of Ne‧ba′ioth, besides his other wives.
10 And Jacob continued on his way out from Be′er-she′ba and kept going to Ha′ran. 11 In time he came across a place and set about spending the night there because the sun had set. So he took one of the stones of the place and set it as his head supporter and lay down in that place. 12 And he began to dream, and, look! there was a ladder stationed upon the earth and its top reaching up to the heavens; and, look! there were God’s angels ascending and descending on it. 13 And, look! there was Jehovah stationed above it, and he proceeded to say:
“I am Jehovah the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land upon which you are lying, to you I am going to give it and to your seed. 14 And your seed will certainly become like the dust particles of the earth, and you will certainly spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and by means of you and by means of your seed all the families of the ground will certainly bless themselves. 15 And here I am with you and I will keep you in all the way you are going and I will return you to this ground, because I am not going to leave you until I have actually done what I have spoken to you.”
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said: “Truly Jehovah is in this place and I myself did not know it.” 17 And he grew fearful and added: “How fear-inspiring this place is! This is nothing else but the house of God and this is the gate of the heavens.” 18 So Jacob got up early in the morning and took the stone that was there as his head supporter and he set it up as a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 Further, he called the name of that place Beth′el;(Meaning “House of God.” Heb., Behth-ʼEl′.)
but the fact is, Luz was the city’s name formerly.
20 And Jacob went on to vow a vow, saying: “If God will continue with me and will certainly keep me on this way on which I am going and will certainly give me bread to eat and garments to wear 21 and I shall certainly return in peace to the house of my father, then Jehovah will have proved to be my God. 22 And this stone that I have set up as a pillar will become a house of God, and as for everything that you will give me I shall without fail give the tenth of it to you.”

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