35 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to honor me. That’s where I appeared to you when you were running away from your brother Esau.”
2So Jacob spoke to his family and to everyone who was with him. He said, “Get rid of the strange gods you have with you. Make yourselves pure, and change your clothes. 3Come, let’s go up to Bethel. There I’ll build an altar to honor God. He answered me when I was in trouble. He’s been with me everywhere I’ve gone.”
6Jacob and all of the people who were with him came to Luz. Luz is also called Bethel. It’s in the land of Canaan. 7Jacob built an altar at Luz. He named the place El Bethel. There God made himself known to Jacob when he was running away from his brother.
9After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again. And God blessed him. 10God said to him, “Your name is Jacob. But you will not be called Jacob anymore. Your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.
11God said to him, “I am the Mighty God. Have children and increase your numbers. A nation and a community of nations will come from you. Kings will come from your body. 12I am giving you the land I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give it to your children after you.”
14Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him. He poured out a drink offering on it. He also poured oil on it. 15Jacob named the place Bethel. That’s where God had talked with him.
16They moved on from Bethel. Ephrath wasn’t very far away when Rachel began to have a baby. She was having a very hard time of it.
19So Rachel died. Her body was buried beside the road to Ephrath. Ephrath was also called Bethlehem. 20Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. The pillar marks the place of Rachel’s tomb to this very day.
Here are the 12 sons Jacob had.
Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son.
Her other sons were
Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
Joseph and Benjamin.
Dan and Naphtali.
Gad and Asher.
Those were Jacob’s sons. They were born in Paddan Aram.
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