Bible: Genesis 28:12-22

28:12 and had a dream. 1  He saw 2  a stairway 3  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. 4  I will give you and your descendants the ground 5  you are lying on. 28:14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, 6  and you will spread out 7  to the west, east, north, and south. All the families of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another 8  using your name and that of your descendants. 9  28:15 I am with you! 10  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 11  and thought, 12 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 13  in the morning Jacob 14  took the stone he had placed near his head 15  and set it up as a sacred stone. 16  Then he poured oil on top of it. 28:19 He called that place Bethel, 17  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 18  to eat and clothing to wear, 28:21 and I return safely to my father’s home, 19  then the Lord will become my God. 28:22 Then this stone 20  that I have set up as a sacred stone will be the house of God, and I will surely 21  give you back a tenth of everything you give me.” 22 

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