28:10-13 And Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. And
he lighted upon a certain place and tarried there all night, because the
sun was set and he took of the stones of that place and put them for his
pillows and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed and behold
ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold
the angels of God ascending and descending on
it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it and said, I am the LORD God
of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land whereon you lie,
to you will I give it and to your seed.(who's
the seed today?).
Was this an
15:17. Was Jacob in some kind of a trance?
28:14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth and you shall
spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south.
And in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
28:15 And behold, I am with you and will keep thee in all places whither
you go and will bring you again into this land, for I will not leave you.(Hebrews
13:5), until I have done that which I have spoken to
28:16 And Jacob awaked out of
his sleep and he said, Surely the LORD
is in this place and I knew it not.
28:17,18 And he was afraid and said, How dreadful is this place! this
is none other but the house of God and this is the gate of heaven. And
Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put for
his pillows and set it up for a pillar and poured oil upon the top of it.
28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel.(Amos
7:10-17), but the name of that city was called Luz at
originally was the royal Canaanite.(Genesis
of Luz. The name Bethel was at first apparently given to the sanctuary
in the neighbourhood of Luz and was not given to the city itself till after
its conquest by the tribe of Ephraim."
28:20-22 And 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 raiment to put on, so that I come again to
my father's house in peace, then shall the LORD be my God and this stone,
which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house and of all that you
give me I will surely give the tenth unto you.
29:1 Then Jacob went on his journey and came into the land of the people
of the east.
29:4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be you? And they
said, Of Haran are we.
29:5-9 And he said unto them, Know you Laban the son of Nahor? And
they said, We know him. And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said,
He is well. And, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep. And
he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should
be gathered together. Water you the sheep and go and feed them. And they
said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together and till they
roll the stone from the well's mouth, then we water the sheep. And while
he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she kept
29:10,11 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of
Laban his mother's brother and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother,
that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered
the flock of Laban his mother's brother.(uncle
Laban). And Jacob kissed Rachel and lifted up his voice and
29:12-14 And Jacob told Rachel that he was of her father's brother.(in
the original, the word 'brother' can also mean 'cousin', so here, Jacob
is cousin to Rachel).and that
he was Rebekah's son. And she ran and told her father. And it came to pass,
when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to
meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house.
And he told Laban all these things. And Laban said to him, Surely thou
art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
29:15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest
thou therefore serve me for nought? Tell me, what shall thy wages be? And
Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah and the name of
the younger was Rachel.
29:17 Leah was tender eyed.(a
but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.(had
29:18 And Jacob loved Rachel and said,
I will serve thee seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.
29:19,20 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than
that I should give her to another man. Abide with me. And Jacob served
seven years for Rachel and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the
love he had to her.
29:21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled,
that I may go in unto her.
29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made
29:25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah.
And he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve
with thee for Rachel? Wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
29:26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give
the younger before the firstborn.
29:27 Fulfil her week.(in
the case of a maid, ceremonies would last a week and in the case of a widow,
three days).and we will give
you this also for the service which you shall serve with me yet seven more
29:28 And Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. And he gave him Rachel
his daughter to wife also.
29:29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah
his handmaid to be her maid.
29:30 And he went in also unto Rachel and he loved also Rachel more
than Leah and served with him yet seven other years.
29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb,
but Rachel was barren.
29:32,33 And Leah conceived and bare a son and she called his name
Reuben, for she said, Surely the LORD has looked upon my affliction; now
therefore my husband will love me. And she conceived again and bare a son
and said, Because the LORD has heard that I was hated, he has therefore
given me this son also. And she called his name Simeon.
29:34 And she conceived again and bare a son and said, Now this time
will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons.
Therefore was his name called Levi.
29:35 And she conceived again and bare a son. And she said, Now will
I praise the LORD. Therefore she called his name Judah
and left bearing..(*)