Bishops' Bible

Genesis 28

Isaac blesseth Jacob, and sendeth him to Padan-aram.

Genesis 28:1 And so Isahac called Iacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and sayde vnto hym: See thou take not a wyfe of the daughters of Chanaan: Genesis 28:2 Arise, and get thee to Mesopotamia, to the house of Bethuel thy mothers father, and there take thee a wyfe of the daughters of Laban thy mothers brother. Genesis 28:3 And God almyghtie blesse thee, and make thee to encrease, & multiplie thee, that thou mayest be a number of people: Genesis 28:4 And geue the blessing of Abraham vnto thee, and to thy seede with thee, that thou mayest receaue to inherite ye lande wherein thou art a straunger, whiche God gaue vnto Abraham. Genesis 28:5 Thus Isahac sent foorth Iacob: and he went towarde Mesopotamia, vnto Laban, sonne of Bethuel the Syrian, and brother to Rebecca Iacob and Esaus mother.

Esau marrieth Mahalath the daughter of Ismael.

Genesis 28:6 When Esau sawe that Isahac had blessed Iacob, and sent hym to Mesopotamia to fet hym a wyfe from thence, and that as he blessed him, he gaue him a charge, saying, thou shalt not take a wyfe of the daughters of Chanaan: Genesis 28:7 And that Iacob had obeyed his father and mother, and was gone to Mesopotamia: Genesis 28:8 And Esau seyng also that the daughters of Chanaan pleased not Isahac his father: Genesis 28:9 Then went Esau vnto Ismael, and toke vnto the wyues [which he had] Mahalah the daughter of Ismael Abrahams sonne, the sister of Nebaioth to be his wyfe.

The vision of Jacob's ladder.

Genesis 28:10 Iacob departed from Beer-seba, and went towarde Haran. Genesis 28:11 And he came vnto a certayne place, & taryed there all night, because the sunne was downe: and toke of the stones of the place, and put vnder his head, and layde hym downe in the same place to sleepe. Genesis 28:12 And he dreamed, and beholde there stoode a lather vpo the earth, and the toppe of it reached vp to heauen: and see, the angels of God went vp & downe vpon it. Genesis 28:13 Yea, and God from aboue leaned vpon it, and sayde: I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isahac, the land which thou sleepest vpon, wyll I geue thee and thy seede. Genesis 28:14 And thy seede shalbe as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spreade abrode to the west, to the east, to the north, and to the south: and in thee, and in thy seede, shall all the kynredes of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:15 And see, I am with thee, and wyll be thy keper in all [places] whyther thou goest, and wyll bryng thee agayne into this lande: For I wyl not leaue thee, vntyll I haue made good that whiche I haue promised thee.

Genesis 28:16 When Iacob was awaked out of his sleepe, he sayde: Surely the Lorde is in this place, and I knewe it not. Genesis 28:17 And he was a frayde, and saide: howe dreadefull is this place? it is none other but euen the house of God, & it is the gate of heauen.

The stone of Beth-el.

Genesis 28:18 And Iacob rose vp early in the mornyng, and toke the stone that he hadde layed vnder his head, and pitched it vpon an ende, and powred oyle in the toppe of it. Genesis 28:19 And he called the name of the place Bethel: but the name of the citie was called Luz, before tyme.

Jacob's vow.

Genesis 28:20 And Iacob vowed a vowe, saying: Yf God wyll be with me, and wyll kepe me in this iourney in which I go, and wyll geue me bread to eate, and clothes to put on: Genesis 28:21 So that I come agayne vnto my fathers house in saftie: then shal the Lord be my God. Genesis 28:22 And this stone whiche I haue set vp on an ende, shalbe Gods house: and of all that thou shalt geue me, I wyl surely geue the tenth vnto thee.

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