1 Then IsaacI calledII JacobIII and blessedIV him,
and chargedV him, “You shall not marryVI one of the Canaanite women.VII
2 GoVIII at once to Paddan-aramIX to the houseX of Bethuel,XI your mother’sXII father;XIII
and takeXIV as wifeXV from there one of the daughtersXVI of Laban,XVII your mother’s brother.XVIII
3 May GodXIX AlmightyXX bless you and make you fruitfulXXI and numerous,XXII
that you may becomeXXIII a companyXXIV of peoples.XXV
4 May he giveXXVI to you the blessingXXVII of Abraham,XXVIII to you and to your offspringXXIX with you,
so that you may take possessionXXX of the landXXXI where you now live as an alienXXXII—land that GodXXXIII gave to Abraham.”
5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away;XXXIV and he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban sonXXXV of Bethuel the Aramean,XXXVI the brother of Rebekah,XXXVII Jacob’s and Esau’sXXXVIII mother.
6 Now Esau sawXXXIX that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he charged him, “You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyedXL his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not pleaseXLI, XLII his father Isaac,
9 Esau went to IshmaelXLIII and took MahalathXLIV daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, and sisterXLV of Nebaioth,XLVI to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.
10 Jacob leftXLVII Beer-shebaXLVIII and went toward Haran.XLIX
11 He cameL to a certain placeLI and stayed there for the night,LII because the sunLIII had set.LIV
Taking one of the stonesLV of the place, he putLVI it under his headLVII and lay downLVIII in that place.
12 And he dreamedLIX, LX that there was a ladderLXI set upLXII on the earth,LXIII
the topLXIV of it reachingLXV to heaven;LXVI
andLXVII the angelsLXVIII of GodLXIX were ascendingLXX and descendingLXXI on it.
13 AndLXXII the LordLXXIII stoodLXXIV beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring;
14 and your offspring shall be like the dustLXXV of the earth, and you shall spread abroadLXXVI to the westLXXVII and to the eastLXXVIII
and to the northLXXIX and to the south;LXXX and all the familiesLXXXI of the earthLXXXII shall be blessed in you and in your offspring.
15 LXXXIIIKnow that I am with you and will keepLXXXIV you wherever you go, and will bring you backLXXXV to this land;LXXXVI
for I will not leaveLXXXVII you until I have doneLXXXVIII what I have promisedLXXXIX you.”
16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not knowXC it!” 17 And he was afraid,XCI and said, “How awesome isXCII this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gateXCIII of heaven.”
18 So Jacob rose earlyXCIV in the morning,XCV and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it upXCVI for a pillarXCVII and pouredXCVIII oilXCIX on the top of it.
19 He calledC that place Bethel;CI but the nameCII of the cityCIII was LuzCIV at the first.CV
20 Then Jacob madeCVI a vow,CVII saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this wayCVIII that I go, and
will give me breadCIX to eatCX and clothingCXI to wear,CXII
21 so that I come againCXIII to my father’s house in peace,CXIV then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenthCXV to you.”
Image credit: “Jacob’s Ladder” from the Catacomb of the Via Latina, 4th century.