Genesis 35-37 Darby’s Translation

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God Blesses Jacob at Beth-el

35 1  And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there, and make there an altar unto the God that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. 2  And Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and cleanse yourselves, and change your garments; 3  and we will arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar to the God that answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way that I went. 4  And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods that were in their hand, and the rings that were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the terebinth that [is] 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  And 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 El-beth-el; because there God had appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother. 8  And Deborah, Rebecca's nurse, died; and she was buried beneath Bethel, under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth. 9  And God appeared to Jacob again after he had come from Padan-Aram, and blessed him. 10  And God said to him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not henceforth be called Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name. And he called his name Israel. 11  And God said to him, I am the Almighty God: 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 that I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee will I 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 had talked with him. 14  And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had talked with him, a pillar of stone, and poured on it a drink-offering, and poured oil on it. 15  And Jacob called the name of the place where God had talked with him, Beth-el.

The Death of Rachel

16  And they journeyed from Bethel. And there was yet a certain distance to come to Ephrath, when Rachel travailed in childbirth; and it went hard with her in her childbearing. 17  And it came to pass when it went hard with her in her childbearing, that the midwife said to her, Fear not; for this also is a son for thee. 18  And it came to pass as her soul was departing—for she died—that she called his name Benoni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19  And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which [is] Bethlehem. 20  And Jacob erected a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave to [this] day.

21  And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent on the other side of Migdal-Eder.

The Sons of Jacob

22  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 of it. And the sons of Jacob were twelve. 23  The sons of Leah: Reuben—Jacob's firstborn—and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun. 24  The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25  And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant: Dan and Naphtali. 26  And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob that were born to him in Padan-Aram.

The Death of Isaac

27  And Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre—to Kirjath-Arba, which is Hebron; where Abraham had sojourned, and Isaac. 28  And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years. 29  And Isaac expired and died, and was gathered to his peoples, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

The Descendants of Esau

36 1  And these are the generations of Esau, that is Edom. 2  Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, 3  and Basmath Ishmael's daughter, the sister of Nebaioth. 4  And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Basmath bore Reuel. 5  And Oholibamah bore Jeush and Jaalam and Korah. These are the sons of Esau that were born to him in the land of Canaan. 6  And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his possessions, that he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went into a country away from his brother Jacob. 7  For their property was too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were sojourners could not bear them, because of their cattle. 8  Thus Esau dwelt in mount Seir; Esau is Edom.

9  And these are the generations of Esau, the father of Edom, in mount Seir. 10  These are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Adah the wife of Esau; Reuel, the son of Basmath the wife of Esau. 11  —And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz. 12  And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son, and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These are the sons of Adah Esau's wife. 13  —And these are the sons of Reuel: Nahath and Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These are the sons of Basmath Esau's wife. 14  —And these are the sons of Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah, daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bore to Esau Jeush and Jaalam and Korah. 15  These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn of Esau: chief Teman, chief Omar, chief Zepho, chief Kenaz, 16  chief Korah, chief Gatam, chief Amalek. These are the chiefs of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Adah. 17  And these are the sons of Reuel Esau's son: chief Nahath, chief Zerah, chief Shammah, chief Mizzah: these are the chiefs of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Basmath Esau's wife. 18  —And these are the sons of Oholibamah Esau's wife: chief Jeush, chief Jaalam, chief Korah; these are the chiefs of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife. 19  These are the sons of Esau, and these their chiefs: he is Edom.

20  These are the sons of Seir the Horite, the inhabitant of the land: Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, 21  and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan. These are the chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Seir in the land of Edom. 22  —And the sons of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna. 23  —And these are the sons of Shobal: Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho and Onam. 24  —And these are the sons of Zibeon: both Ajah and Anah. This is the Anah that found the warm springs in the wilderness as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father. 25  —And these are the sons of Anah: Dishon, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah. 26  —And these are the sons of Dishon: Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran. 27  —These are the sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan. 28  —These are the sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran. 29  These are the chiefs of the Horites: chief Lotan, chief Shobal, chief Zibeon, chief Anah, 30  chief Dishon, chief Ezer, chief Dishan. These are the chiefs of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir.

31  And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before there reigned a king over the children of Israel. 32  And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 33  And Bela died; and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. 34  And Jobab died; and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. 35  And Husham died; and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the fields of Moab, reigned in his stead. And the name of his city was Avith. 36  And Hadad died; and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead. 37  And Samlah died; and Saul of Rehoboth on the river reigned in his stead. 38  And Saul died; and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead. 39  And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died; and Hadar reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred daughter of Mezahab. 40  And these are the names of the chiefs of Esau, according to their families, after their places, with their names: chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth, 41  chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon, 42  chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar, 43  chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom, according to their dwelling-places in the land of their possession. This is Esau, the father of Edom.

Joseph Sold into Egypt

37 1  And Jacob dwelt in the land where his father sojourned—in the land of Canaan. 2  These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, fed the flock with his brethren; and he was doing service with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought to his father an evil report of them. 3  And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was son of his old age; and he made him a vest of many colours. 4  And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, and they hated him, and could not greet him with friendliness.

5  And Joseph dreamed a dream, and told [it] to his brethren, and they hated him yet the more. 6  And he said to them, Hear, I pray you, this dream, which I have dreamt: 7  Behold, we were binding sheaves in the fields, and lo, my sheaf rose up, and remained standing; and behold, your sheaves came round about and bowed down to my sheaf. 8  And his brethren said to him, Wilt thou indeed be a king over us? wilt thou indeed rule over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words. 9  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamt another dream, and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me. 10  And he told [it] to his father and to his brethren. And his father rebuked him, and said to him, What is this dream which thou hast dreamt? Shall we indeed come, I and thy mother and thy brethren, to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11  And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying.

12  And his brethren went to feed their father's flock at Shechem. 13  And Israel said to Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed [the flock] at Shechem? Come, that I may send thee to them. And he said to him, Here am I. 14  And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see after the welfare of thy brethren, and after the welfare of the flock; and bring me word again. And he sent him out of the vale of Hebron; and he came towards Shechem. 15  And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the country; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? 16  And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed [their flocks]. 17  And the man said, They have removed from this; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them at Dothan. 18  And when they saw him from afar, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to put him to death. 19  And they said one to another, Behold, there comes that dreamer! 20  And now come and let us kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, An evil beast has devoured him; and we will see what becomes of his dreams. 21  And Reuben heard [it], and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life. 22  And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood: cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness; but lay no hand upon him—in order that he might deliver him out of their hand, to bring him to his father again.

23  And it came to pass when Joseph came to his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his vest, the vest of many colours, which he had on; 24  and they took him and cast him into the pit; now the pit was empty—there was no water in it. 25  And they sat down to eat bread; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites came from Gilead; and their camels bore tragacanth, and balsam, and ladanum—going to carry [it] down to Egypt. 26  And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it that we kill our brother and secrete his blood? 27  Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites; but let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened [to him]. 28  And Midianitish men, merchants, passed by; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty silver-pieces; and they brought Joseph to Egypt. 29  And Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his garments, 30  and returned to his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, where shall I go?

31  And they took Joseph's vest, and slaughtered a buck of the goats, and dipped the vest in the blood; 32  and they sent the vest of many colours and had it carried to their father, and said, This have we found: discern now whether it is thy son's vest or not. 33  And he discerned it, and said, [It is] my son's vest! an evil beast has devoured him: Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces! 34  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35  And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, and said, For I will go down to my son into Sheol mourning. Thus his father wept for him. 36  And the Midianites sold him into Egypt, to Potiphar, a chamberlain of Pharaoh, the captain of the life-guard.

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