Jacob returned to the place of his famous dream and he and his family worshiped God.

BibleGateway: Genesis 35:1-14

ESV Text: Genesis 35:1-14

Genesis 35:1–14 (Listen)

God Blesses and Renames Jacob

35:1 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.

And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel,1 because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth.2

God appeared3 to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty:4 be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.5 12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” 13 Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it.

Footnotes

[1] 35:7 El-bethel means God of Bethel

[2] 35:8 Allon-bacuth means oak of weeping

[3] 35:9 Or had appeared

[4] 35:11 Hebrew El Shaddai

[5] 35:11 Hebrew from your loins

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KJV Text:

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     1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. 2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

     6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. 7 And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8 But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth. 9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. 13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 40 (LSB 798):
The God of Abraham Praise

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. The God of Abraham praise; 
All praised be His name 
Who was and is and is to be 
And still the same! 
The one eternal God, 
Ere aught that now appears; 
The First, the Last: beyond all thought 
His timeless years! 

2. The God of Abraham praise, 
At whose supreme command 
From earth I rise and seek the joys 
At His right hand. 
I all on earth forsake, 
Its wisdom, fame, and power, 
And Him my only Portion make, 
My Shield and Tower. 

3. He by Himself hath sworn,– 
I on His oath depend,– 
I shall, on eagles’ wings upborne, 
To heaven ascend; 
I shall behold His face, 
I shall His power adore 
And sing the wonders of His grace 
Forevermore. 

4. The whole triumphant host 
Give thanks to God on high; 
“Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!” 
They ever cry. 
Hail, Abraham’s God and mine!– 
I join the heavenly lays,– 
All might and majesty are Thine, 
And endless praise. 


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