Bible: Genesis 28:10-21

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

28:10 Meanwhile Jacob left Beer Sheba and set out for Haran. 28:11 He reached a certain place 1  where he decided to camp because the sun had gone down. 2  He took one of the stones 3  and placed it near his head. 4  Then he fell asleep 5  in that place 28:12 and had a dream. 6  He saw 7  a stairway 8  erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it 28:13 and the Lord stood at its top. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father Isaac. 9  I will give you and your descendants the ground 10  you are lying on. 28:14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, 11  and you will spread out 12  to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another 13  using your name and that of your descendants. 14  28:15 I am with you! 15  I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you!

28:16 Then Jacob woke up 16  and thought, 17 Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not realize it! 28:17 He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is nothing else than the house of God! This is the gate of heaven!

28:18 Early 18  in the morning Jacob 19  took the stone he had placed near his head 20  and set it up as a sacred stone. 21  Then he poured oil on top of it. 28:19 He called that place Bethel, 22  although the former name of the town was Luz. 28:20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God is with me and protects me on this journey I am taking and gives me food 23  to eat and clothing to wear, 28:21 and I return safely to my father’s home, 24  then the Lord will become my God.

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