- And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
Then God told Israel to go back into that land where he had that dream…bethel…and build an altar and live there.
- 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 :
And Israel then told his children and all with him (including the newly acquired slaves) because they were going to the house of the Lord…put away strange gods (he knew it was wrong), and be clean…after being clean, wear other garments….meaning changing of garments isn’t ‘the being clean’ Israel spoke of.
- and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el ; 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.
Let us go, that I may build an altar to THE GOD WHO ANSWERED ME IN THE DAY OF DISTRESS AND WAS WITH ME EVERYWHERE I WENT.
- 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.
And they gave unto Israel the strange gods…and earrings….(some say they were charm earings + since they had given him the gods we can’t call the earings gods…but I think it’s part of the purification process of being ‘clean’ and then they changed their clothes) and he hid them under a tree in Shechem.
- 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.
And they began their journey. But no nation attacked them…because they knew God was with them and if they were to attack, they would be going against God.
- So Jacob came to Luz which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-el, he and all the people that were with him.
Then they arrived at bethel (formerly Luz)
- And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el [the God of Beth-el]; because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
Then he built an altar and called it Elbethel…the God of bethel…
- But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth-el under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth [the oak of weeping].
Then Rebecca’s nurse died. (Her name was Deborah …her name wasn’t initially mentioned…she was the one who followed Rebecca when Abraham’s servant came) That’s Isaac’s wife’s maid. And she was buried in bethel, under an oak tree which was now named the oak of weeping.
- And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him.
Then God re-blessed Israel.
- 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.
Your name is Jacob. But from today, you are Israel. Israel. (Before, the man that was wrestled said you shall be…future tense…not yet). Israel (God wrestler)
- 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;
Israel, I am God, be fruitful, multiply, Kings will come out of you. That’s basically telling Israel what he told Adam, Noah, and a fragment of Abraham. All that’s missing from the Abraham line is ‘walk with me and be thou perfect’.
- 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.
And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, I give to you and your seed forever.
- And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him
And God went up ⤴️👆🏾
- 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.
Then Israel set up a pillar of stones and gave a drink offering (I’m not quite sure what it comprised of….but well) then he anointed it with oil after.
- And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el.
And he said out the name ‘bethel’
- And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor.
And they journeyed from bethel. They were close to Ephrath and Rachel was in labour pains and went into hard labour.
- And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
The midwife said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid—you have another boy’.
- And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died,) that she called his name Benoni [the son of my sorrow]: but his father called him Benjamin [the son of the right hand].
And as the child came forth, she felt herself leave her body and she called him ‘the son of my sorrow’ but Israel called him…’the son of my right hand/good fortune….Benjamin
- And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
Rachel was no more.
She was buried in Bethlehem.
- And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.
And Israel set a pillar on her grave. And that pillar is still there today and will be there till the end of the earth.
- And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
Then he continued his journey and halted and rested slightly beyond the tower of Edar.
- And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
While in Edar, Reuben had sexual relations with Bilhah (jacobs concubine and his brothers -Dan and naphtalis mother) and Israel had 12 sons (one daughter)
- the sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
- the sons of Rachel ; Joseph, and Benjamin:
- and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid ; Dan, and Naphtali:
- and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid ; Gad, and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.
- And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arba, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
Then Israel came to Isaac.
- And the days of Isaac were a hundred and fourscore years.
- And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
And Isaac lived 180 years and he gave up the ghost. Esau and Israel then came together and buried him.