Genesis, 28

Jacob runs away to his mother's family and has a dream of a ladder reaching to heaven. God confirms his promise to Jacob that his descendants will be blessed and the land will be given to them.

Genesis, 28


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Jacob's Ladder and Covenant with God

1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.


Genesis 28 is the story of Jacob's journey to Haran, where he is to find a wife. This chapter is significant in that it marks the beginning of Jacob's journey to fulfill the promise God made to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Jacob sets out on his journey with a blessing from his father, Isaac. He is instructed to go to Haran and find a wife from among his relatives. Along the way, Jacob stops to rest and has a dream in which he sees a ladder reaching up to heaven. At the top of the ladder, God appears and reaffirms the promise He made to Abraham. He also promises to be with Jacob and protect him wherever he goes. When Jacob wakes up, he is filled with awe and reverence for God. He takes the stone he was sleeping on and sets it up as a pillar, vowing to give God a tenth of all he has. This is the first mention of the tithe in the Bible, and it is a reminder of the importance of giving back to God. The chapter ends with Jacob arriving in Haran and meeting his uncle Laban. This marks the beginning of a long and tumultuous relationship between the two men. It also sets the stage for the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham, as Jacob will eventually have twelve sons who will become the twelve tribes of Israel. Overall, Genesis 28 is an important chapter in the Bible. It marks the beginning of Jacob's journey to fulfill God's promise to Abraham, and it also introduces the concept of tithing. It is a reminder of God's faithfulness and His willingness to keep His promises.

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There are 22 verses in Genesis, chapter 28.