Bible: Genesis 35:1-8

The Return to Bethel

35:1 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up at once 1  to Bethel 2  and live there. Make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 3  35:2 So Jacob told his household and all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have among you. 4  Purify yourselves and change your clothes. 5  35:3 Let us go up at once 6  to Bethel. Then I will make 7  an altar there to God, who responded to me in my time of distress 8  and has been with me wherever I went.” 9 

35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods that were in their possession 10  and the rings that were in their ears. 11  Jacob buried them 12  under the oak 13  near Shechem 35:5 and they started on their journey. 14  The surrounding cities were afraid of God, 15  and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

35:6 Jacob and all those who were with him arrived at Luz (that is, Bethel) 16  in the land of Canaan. 17  35:7 He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel 18  because there God had revealed himself 19  to him when he was fleeing from his brother. 35:8 (Deborah, 20  Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak below Bethel; thus it was named 21  Oak of Weeping.) 22 

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