Genesis 35-37 World English Bible

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God Blesses Jacob at Beth-el

35 1  God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel, and live there. Make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” 2  Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, change your garments. 3  Let us arise, and go up to Bethel. I will make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.” 4  They gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5  They traveled, and a terror of God was on the cities that were around them, and they didn’t pursue the sons of Jacob.

6  So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7  He built an altar there, and called the place El Beth El; because there God was revealed to him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8  Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak; and its name was called Allon Bacuth. 9  God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan Aram, and blessed him. 10  God said to him, “Your name is Jacob. Your name shall not be Jacob any more, but your name will be Israel.” He named him Israel. 11  God said to him, “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations will be from you, and kings will come out of your body. 12  The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and to your seed after you will I give the land.” 13  God went up from him in the place where he spoke with him. 14  Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he spoke with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it, and poured oil on it. 15  Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him “Bethel.”

The Death of Rachel

16  They traveled from Bethel. There was still some distance to come to Ephrath, and Rachel travailed. She had hard labor. 17  When she was in hard labor, the midwife said to her, “Don’t be afraid, for now you will have another son.” 18  It happened, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Benoni, [1] but his father named him Benjamin. [2] 19  Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath (the same is Bethlehem). 20  Jacob set up a pillar on her grave. The same is the Pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.

21  Israel traveled, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

The Sons of Jacob

22  It happened, while Israel lived in that land, that 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 firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. 24  The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25  The sons of Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaid): Dan and Naphtali. 26  The sons of Zilpah (Leah’s handmaid): Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.

The Death of Isaac

27  Jacob came to Isaac his father, to Mamre, to Kiriath Arba (which is Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac lived as foreigners. 28  The days of Isaac were one hundred eighty years. 29  Isaac gave up the spirit, and died, and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. Esau and Jacob, his sons, buried him.

The Descendants of Esau

36 1  Now this is the history of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom). 2  Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon, the Hittite; and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, the Hivite; 3  and Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebaioth. 4  Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz. Basemath bore Reuel. 5  Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau, who were born to him in the land of Canaan. 6  Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, with his livestock, all his animals, and all his possessions, which he had gathered in the land of Canaan, and went into a land away from his brother Jacob. 7  For their substance was too great for them to dwell together, and the land of their travels couldn’t bear them because of their livestock. 8  Esau lived in the hill country of Seir. Esau is Edom.

9  This is the history of the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir: 10  these are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz, the son of Adah, the wife of Esau; and Reuel, the son of Basemath, the wife of Esau. 11  The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz. 12  Timna was concubine to Eliphaz, Esau’s son; and she bore to Eliphaz Amalek. These are the sons of Adah, Esau’s wife. 13  These are the sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These were the sons of Basemath, Esau’s wife. 14  These were the sons of Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, Esau’s wife: she bore to Esau Jeush, Jalam, 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 who came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Adah. 17  These are the sons of Reuel, Esau’s son: chief Nahath, chief Zerah, chief Shammah, chief Mizzah: these are the chiefs who came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Basemath, Esau’s wife. 18  These are the sons of Oholibamah, Esau’s wife: chief Jeush, chief Jalam, chief Korah: these are the chiefs who came of Oholibamah 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 Seir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 21  Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These are the chiefs who came of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom. 22  The children of Lotan were Hori and Heman. Lotan’s sister was Timna. 23  These are the children of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. 24  These are the children of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he fed the donkeys of Zibeon his father. 25  These are the children of Anah: Dishon and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah. 26  These are the children of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 27  These are the children of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan. 28  These are the children of Dishan: Uz and Aran. 29  These are the chiefs who came of the Horites: chief Lotan, chief Shobal, chief Zibeon, chief Anah, 30  chief Dishon, chief Ezer, and chief Dishan: these are the chiefs who came of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir.

31  These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before any king reigned over the children of Israel. 32  Bela, the son of Beor, reigned in Edom. The name of his city was Dinhabah. 33  Bela died, and Jobab, the son of Zerah of Bozrah, reigned in his place. 34  Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. 35  Husham died, and Hadad, the son of Bedad, who struck Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his place. The name of his city was Avith. 36  Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. 37  Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the river, reigned in his place. 38  Shaul died, and Baal Hanan, the son of Achbor reigned in his place. 39  Baal Hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his place. The name of his city was Pau. His wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 40  These are the names of the chiefs who came from Esau, according to their families, after their places, and by 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, and chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. This is Esau, the father of the Edomites.

Joseph Sold into Egypt

37 1  Jacob lived in the land of his father’s travels, in the land of Canaan. 2  This is the history of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father. 3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. 4  His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn’t speak peaceably to him.

5  Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. 6  He said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7  for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8  His brothers said to him, “Will you indeed reign over us? Or will you indeed have dominion over us?” They hated him all the more for his dreams and for his words. 9  He dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.” 10  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? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?” 11  His brothers envied him, but his father kept this saying in mind.

12  His brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13  Israel said to Joseph, “Aren’t your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” He said to him, “Here I am.” 14  He said to him, “Go now, see whether it is well with your brothers, and well with the flock; and bring me word again.” So he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15  A certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, “What are you looking for?” 16  He said, “I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, where they are feeding the flock.” 17  The man said, “They have left here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’”

Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan. 18  They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19  They said one to another, “Behold, this dreamer comes. 20  Come now therefore, and let’s kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, ‘An evil animal has devoured him.’ We will see what will become of his dreams.” 21  Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, “Let’s not take his life.” 22  Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.

23  It happened, when Joseph came to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; 24  and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it. 25  They sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. 26  Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27  Come, and let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh.” His brothers listened to him. 28  Midianites who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. They brought Joseph into Egypt. 29  Reuben returned to the pit; and saw that Joseph wasn’t in the pit; and he tore his clothes. 30  He returned to his brothers, and said, “The child is no more; and I, where will I go?”

31  They took Joseph’s coat, and killed a male goat, and dipped the coat in the blood. 32  They took the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, “We have found this. Examine it, now, whether it is your son’s coat or not.” 33  He recognized it, and said, “It is my son’s coat. An evil animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.” 34  Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his waist, 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. He said, “For I will go down to Sheol [3] to my son mourning.” His father wept for him. 36  The Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, the captain of the guard.

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Footnotes

[1] 35:18 “Benoni” means “son of my trouble.”

[2] 35:18 “Benjamin” means “son of my right hand.”

[3] 37:35 Sheol is the place of the dead.

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