1 And Isaac summoned Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: You
shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Paddan, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take yourself a
wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
3 May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may
become an assembly of peoples;
4 and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your seed with you, that you may
inherit the land in which you are a sojourner, which God has given to Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan, to Laban the son of Bethuel the
Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6 And when Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan to take
himself a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, You
shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,
7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan;
8 and Esau also saw that the daughters of Canaan were evil in the eyes of his father Isaac;
9 that Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son,
the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife along with the wives he had.
10 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And
he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place
12 And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to
the heavens; and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 And behold, Jehovah stood above it and said: I am Jehovah the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you are lying I give to you and your seed.
14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and
the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your Seed all the families of the
earth shall be blessed.
15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to
this land; for I am not forsaking you until I have done what I have spoken to you.
16 And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did
not realize it.
17 And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the
house of God, and this is the gate of Heaven!
18 And Jacob arose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head,
set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had formerly
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that
I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on,
21 so that I return to my father's house in peace, then Jehovah shall be my God.
22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God's house, and of all that You
give me I will tithe to give a tithe to You.