Genesis 35-37 Revised Standard Version

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God Blesses Jacob at Beth-el

35 God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there; and make there an altar to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau." 2  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; 3  then let us arise and go up to Bethel, that I may make there an altar to the God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone." 4  So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. 5  And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were round about them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

6  And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, 7  and there he built an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. 8  And Deb'orah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel; so the name of it was called Al'lon-bacuth. 9  God appeared 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 his name was called Israel. 11  And God said to him, "I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall spring from you. 12  The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your descendants 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; and he poured out a drink offering on it, and poured oil on it. 15  So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.

The Death of Rachel

16  Then they journeyed from Bethel; and when they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. 17  And when she was in her hard labor, the midwife said to her, "Fear not; for now you will have another son." 18  And as her soul was departing (for she died), she called his name Ben-o'ni; but his father called his name Benjamin. 19  So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), 20  and Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; it is the pillar of Rachel's tomb, which is there to this day.

21  Israel journeyed on, and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

The Sons of Jacob

22  While Israel dwelt in that land Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. 23  The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob's first-born), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Is'sachar, and Zeb'ulun. 24  The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25  The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid: Dan and Naph'tali. 26  The sons of Zilpah, Leah's maid: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.

The Death of Isaac

27  And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kir'iath-ar'ba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned. 28  Now the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years. 29  And Isaac breathed his last; and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

The Descendants of Esau

36 These are the descendants of Esau (that is, Edom). 2  Esau took his wives from the Canaanites: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah the son of Zib'eon the Hivite, 3  and Bas'emath, Ish'mael's daughter, the sister of Neba'ioth. 4  And Adah bore to Esau, El'iphaz; Bas'emath bore Reu'el; 5  and Oholiba'mah bore Je'ush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan. 6  Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his cattle, all his beasts, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of Canaan; and he went into a land away from his brother Jacob. 7  For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together; the land of their sojournings could not support them because of their cattle. 8  So Esau dwelt in the hill country of Se'ir; Esau is Edom.

9  These are the descendants of Esau the father of the E'domites in the hill country of Se'ir. 10  These are the names of Esau's sons: El'iphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reu'el the son of Bas'emath the wife of Esau. 11  The sons of El'iphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz. 12  (Timna was a concubine of El'iphaz, Esau's son; she bore Am'alek to El'iphaz.) These are the sons of Adah, Esau's wife. 13  These are the sons of Reu'el: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the sons of Bas'emath, Esau's wife. 14  These are the sons of Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah the son of Zib'eon, Esau's wife: she bore to Esau Je'ush, Jalam, and Korah. 15  These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of El'iphaz the first-born of Esau: the chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 16  Korah, Gatam, and Am'alek; these are the chiefs of El'iphaz in the land of Edom; they are the sons of Adah. 17  These are the sons of Reu'el, Esau's son: the chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah; these are the chiefs of Reu'el in the land of Edom; they are the sons of Bas'emath, Esau's wife. 18  These are the sons of Oholiba'mah, Esau's wife: the chiefs Je'ush, Jalam, and Korah; these are the chiefs born of Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife. 19  These are the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these are their chiefs.

20  These are the sons of Se'ir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land: Lotan, Shobal, Zib'eon, Anah, 21  Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan; these are the chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Se'ir in the land of Edom. 22  The sons of Lotan were Hori and Heman; and Lotan's sister was Timna. 23  These are the sons of Shobal: Alvan, Man'ahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. 24  These are the sons of Zib'eon: A'iah and Anah; he is the Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he pastured the asses of Zib'eon his father. 25  These are the children of Anah: Dishon and Oholiba'mah the daughter of Anah. 26  These are the sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 27  These are the sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Za'avan, and Akan. 28  These are the sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran. 29  These are the chiefs of the Horites: the chiefs Lotan, Shobal, Zib'eon, Anah, 30  Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan; these are the chiefs of the Horites, according to their clans in the land of Se'ir.

31  These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before any king reigned over the Israelites. 32  Bela the son of Be'or reigned in Edom, the name of his city being Din'habah. 33  Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. 34  Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Te'manites reigned in his stead. 35  Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Mid'ian in the country of Moab, reigned in his stead, the name of his city being Avith. 36  Hadad died, and Samlah of Masre'kah reigned in his stead. 37  Samlah died, and Shaul of Reho'both on the Euphra'tes reigned in his stead. 38  Shaul died, and Ba'al-ha'nan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead. 39  Ba'al-ha'nan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead, the name of his city being Pau; his wife's name was Mehet'abel, the daughter of Matred, daughter of Me'zahab. 40  These are the names of the chiefs of Esau, according to their families and their dwelling places, by their names: the chiefs Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 41  Oholiba'mah, Elah, Pinon, 42  Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 43  Mag'diel, and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom (that is, Esau, the father of Edom), according to their dwelling places in the land of their possession.

Joseph Sold into Egypt

37 Jacob dwelt in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 2  This is the history of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a lad with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought an ill report of them to their father. 3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long robe with sleeves. 4  But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

5  Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they only hated him the more. 6  He said to them, "Hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7  behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and behold, your sheaves gathered round it, and bowed down to my sheaf." 8  His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to have dominion over us?" So they hated him yet more for his dreams and for his words. 9  Then he dreamed another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream; and behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10  But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?" 11  And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

12  Now his brothers went to pasture their father's flock near Shechem. 13  And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am." 14  So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers, and with the flock; and bring me word again." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15  And a man found him wandering in the fields; and the man asked him, "What are you seeking?" 16  "I am seeking my brothers," he said, "tell me, I pray you, where they are pasturing the flock." 17  And the man said, "They have gone away, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. 18  They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. 19  They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. 20  Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams." 21  But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life." 22  And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood; cast him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him" --that he might rescue him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.

23  So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; 24  and they took him and cast him into a pit. The pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25  Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ish'maelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26  Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 27  Come, let us sell him to the Ish'maelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers heeded him. 28  Then Mid'ianite traders passed by; and they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ish'maelites for twenty shekels of silver; and they took Joseph to Egypt. 29  When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he rent his clothes 30  and returned to his brothers, and said, "The lad is gone; and I, where shall I go?"

31  Then they took Joseph's robe, and killed a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood; 32  and they sent the long robe with sleeves and brought it to their father, and said, "This we have found; see now whether it is your son's robe or not." 33  And he recognized it, and said, "It is my son's robe; a wild beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces." 34  Then Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35  All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and said, "No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning." Thus his father wept for him. 36  Meanwhile the Mid'ianites had sold him in Egypt to Pot'i-phar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.

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