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had appeared to him there when he was
fleeing from his brother, Esau.
8 Soon after this, Rebekah’s old nurse,
Deborah, died. She was buried beneath
the oak tree in the valley below Bethel.
Ever since, the tree has been called
Allon- bacuth (which means “oak of
9 Now that Jacob had returned from
Paddan- aram, God appeared to him
again at Bethel. God blessed him, 10saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will
not be called Jacob any longer. From
now on your name will be Israel.”* So
God renamed him Israel.
11 Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—
‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply.
You will become a great nation, even
many nations. Kings will be among your
descendants! 12And I will give you the
land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac.
Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13Then God went up
from the place where he had spoken to
14 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark
the place where God had spoken to
him. Then he poured wine over it as an
offering to God and anointed the pillar
with olive oil. 15And Jacob named the
place Bethel (which means “house of
God”), because God had spoken to him
16 Leaving Bethel, Jacob and his clan
moved on toward Ephrath. But Rachel
went into labor while they were still
some distance away. Her labor pains
were intense. 17After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed,
“Don’t be afraid— you have another
son!” 18Rachel was about to die, but with
her last breath she named the baby Benoni (which means “son of my sorrow”).
The baby’s father, however, called him
Benjamin (which means “son of my
right hand”). 19So Rachel died and was
buried on the way to Ephrath (that is,
Bethlehem). 20 Jacob set up a stone
monument over Rachel’s grave, and it
can be seen there to this day.
21Then Jacob* traveled on and camped
beyond Migdal-eder. 22While he was liv-
ing there, Reuben had intercourse with
Bilhah, his father’s concubine, and Jacob
soon heard about it.
These are the names of the twelve
sons of Jacob:
sons of Leah were Reuben
(Jacob’s oldest son), Simeon, Levi,
Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
24 The sons of Rachel were Joseph and
25 The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant,
were Dan and Naphtali.
26 The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant,
were Gad and Asher.
These are the names of the sons who
were born to Jacob at Paddan-aram.
27 So Jacob returned to his father,
Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriatharba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as
foreigners. 28Isaac lived for 180 years.
29 Then he breathed his last and died at a
ripe old age, joining his ancestors in
death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob,
is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).
2 Esau married two young women from
Canaan: Adah, the daughter of Elon the
Hittite; and Oholibamah, the daughter of
Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the
Hivite. 3He also married his cousin Basemath, who was the daughter of Ishmael
and the sister of Nebaioth. 4Adah gave
birth to a son named Eliphaz for Esau.
Basemath gave birth to a son named
Reuel. 5Oholibamah gave birth to sons
named Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. All these
sons were born to Esau in the land of Canaan.
6 Esau took his wives, his children,
and his entire household, along with his
livestock and cattle—all the wealth he
had acquired in the land of Canaan—
and moved away from his brother,
Jacob. 7There was not enough land to
support them both because of all the
livestock and possessions they had acquired. 8So Esau (also known as Edom)
settled in the hill country of Seir.