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Genesis 35-37
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Jacob’s Return to Bethel

35Then God said to Jacob, "Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau."H430H559H3290H6965H5927H1008H3427H6213H4196H410H7200H1272H6440H6215H251 2So Jacob told everyone in his household, "Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing.H3290H559H1004H5493H5236H430H8432H2891H2498H8071 3We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone."H6965H5927H1008H6213H4196H410H6030H3117H6869H1870H1980 4So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem.H5414H3290H5236H430H3027H5141H241H3290H2934H424H7927 5As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob's family.H5265H2847H430H5892H5439H7291H310H1121H3290 6Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan.H3290H935H3870H776H3667H1008H5971 7Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means "God of Bethel"), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.H1129H4196H7121H4725H416H430H1540H1272H6440H251 8Soon 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 weeping").H1683H7259H3243H4191H6912H1008H437H8034H7121H439 9Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him,H430H7200H3290H935H6307H1288 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.H430H559H8034H3290H8034H7121H3290H3478H8034H7121H8034H3478 11Then 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!H430H559H410H7706H6509H7235H1471H6951H1471H4428H3318H2504 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."H776H5414H85H3327H5414H2233H310H5414H776 13Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.H430H5927H4725H1696 14Jacob 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.H3290H5324H4676H4725H1696H4678H68H5258H5262H3332H8081 15And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means "house of God"), because God had spoken to him there.H3290H7121H8034H4725H430H1696H1008

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac

16Leaving 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.H5265H1008H5750H3530H776H935H672H7354H3205H7185H3205 17After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, "Don't be afraid—you have another son!"H7185H3205H3205H559H3372H1121 18Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means "son of my sorrow"). The baby's father, however, called him Benjamin (which means "son of my right hand").H5315H3318H4191H7121H8034H1126H1H7121H1144 19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).H7354H4191H6912H1870H672H1035 20Jacob set up a stone monument over Rachel's grave, and it can be seen there to this day.H3290H5324H4676H6900H4678H7354H6900H3117 21Then Jacob traveled on and camped beyond Migdal-eder.H3478H5265H5186H168H1973H4026H4029 22While he was living 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.H3478H7931H776H7205H3212H7901H1090H1H6370H3478H8085H1121H3290H8147H6240 23The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob's oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.H1121H3812H7205H3290H1060H8095H3878H3063H3485H2074 24The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.H1121H7354H3130H1144 25The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's servant, were Dan and Naphtali.H1121H1090H7354H8198H1835H5321 26The 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.H1121H2153H3812H8198H1410H836H1121H3290H3205H6307 27So Jacob returned to his father, Isaac, in Mamre, which is near Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had both lived as foreigners.H3290H935H3327H1H4471H7153H2275H85H3327H1481 28Isaac lived for 180 years.H3117H3327H3967H8141H8084H8141 29Then he breathed his last and died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him.H3327H1478H4191H622H5971H2205H7649H3117H1121H6215H3290H6912

Descendants of Esau

36This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).H8435H6215H123 2Esau 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.H6215H3947H802H1323H3667H5711H1323H356H2850H173H1323H6034H1323H6649H2340 3He also married his cousin Basemath, who was the daughter of Ishmael and the sister of Nebaioth.H1315H3458H1323H269H5032 4Adah gave birth to a son named Eliphaz for Esau. Basemath gave birth to a son named Reuel.H5711H3205H6215H464H1315H3205H7467 5Oholibamah gave birth to sons named Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. All these sons were born to Esau in the land of Canaan.H173H3205H3274H3281H7141H1121H6215H3205H776H3667 6Esau 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.H6215H3947H802H1121H1323H5315H1004H4735H929H7075H7408H776H3667H3212H776H6440H251H3290 7There was not enough land to support them both because of all the livestock and possessions they had acquired.H7399H7227H3427H3162H776H4033H3201H5375H6440H4735 8So Esau (also known as Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.H3427H6215H2022H8165H6215H123 9This is the account of Esau's descendants, the Edomites, who lived in the hill country of Seir.H8435H6215H1H123H2022H8165 10These are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esau's wife Adah; and Reuel, the son of Esau's wife Basemath.H8034H6215H1121H464H1121H5711H802H6215H7467H1121H1315H802H6215 11The descendants of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.H1121H464H8487H201H6825H1609H7073 12Timna, the concubine of Esau's son Eliphaz, gave birth to a son named Amalek. These are the descendants of Esau's wife Adah.H8555H6370H464H6215H1121H3205H464H6002H1121H5711H6215H802 13The descendants of Reuel were Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the descendants of Esau's wife Basemath.H1121H7467H5184H2226H8048H4199H1121H1315H6215H802 14Esau also had sons through Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon. Their names were Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.H1121H173H1323H6034H1323H6649H6215H802H3205H6215H3274H3281H7141 15These are the descendants of Esau who became the leaders of various clans: The descendants of Esau's oldest son, Eliphaz, became the leaders of the clans of Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,H441H1121H6215H1121H464H1060H6215H441H8487H441H201H441H6825H441H7073 16Korah, Gatam, and Amalek. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Eliphaz. All these were descendants of Esau's wife Adah.H441H7141H441H1609H441H6002H441H464H776H123H1121H5711 17The descendants of Esau's son Reuel became the leaders of the clans of Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Reuel. All these were descendants of Esau's wife Basemath.H1121H7467H6215H1121H441H5184H441H2226H441H8048H441H4199H441H7467H776H123H1121H1315H6215H802 18The descendants of Esau and his wife Oholibamah became the leaders of the clans of Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the clan leaders who descended from Esau's wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.H1121H173H6215H802H441H3266H441H3281H441H7141H441H173H1323H6034H6215H802 19These are the clans descended from Esau (also known as Edom), identified by their clan leaders.H1121H6215H123H441

Original Peoples of Edom

20These are the names of the tribes that descended from Seir the Horite. They lived in the land of Edom: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,H1121H8165H2752H3427H776H3877H7732H6649H6034 21Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These were the Horite clan leaders, the descendants of Seir, who lived in the land of Edom.H1787H687H1789H441H2752H1121H8165H776H123 22The descendants of Lotan were Hori and Hemam. Lotan뭩 sister was named Timna.H1121H3877H2753H1967H3877H269H8555 23The descendants of Shobal were Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.H1121H7732H5935H4506H5858H8195H208 24The descendants of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah. (This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the wilderness while he was grazing his father's donkeys.)H1121H6649H345H6034H6034H4672H3222H4057H7462H2543H6649H1 25The descendants of Anah were his son, Dishon, and his daughter, Oholibamah.H1121H6034H1787H173H1323H6034 26The descendants of Dishon were Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Keran.H1121H1787H2533H790H3506H3763 27The descendants of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.H1121H687H1092H2190H6130 28The descendants of Dishan were Uz and Aran.H1121H1789H5780H765 29So these were the leaders of the Horite clans: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,H441H2752H441H3877H441H7732H441H6649H441H6034 30Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. The Horite clans are named after their clan leaders, who lived in the land of Seir.H441H1787H441H687H441H1789H441H2753H441H776H8165

Rulers of Edom

31These are the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites.H4428H4427H776H123H6440H4427H4428H1121H3478 32Bela son of Beor, who ruled in Edom from his city of Dinhabah.H1106H1121H1160H4427H123H8034H5892H1838 33When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah became king in his place.H1106H4191H3103H1121H2226H1224H4427 34When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites became king in his place.H3103H4191H2367H776H8489H4427 35When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad became king in his place and ruled from the city of Avith. He was the one who defeated the Midianites in the land of Moab.H2367H4191H1908H1121H911H5221H4080H7704H4124H4427H8034H5892H5762 36When Hadad died, Samlah from the city of Masrekah became king in his place.H1908H4191H8072H4957H4427 37When Samlah died, Shaul from the city of Rehoboth-on-the-River became king in his place.H8072H4191H7586H7344H5104H4427 38When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Acbor became king in his place.H7586H4191H1177H1121H5907H4427 39When Baal-hanan son of Acbor died, Hadad became king in his place and ruled from the city of Pau. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Me-zahab.H1177H1121H5907H4191H1924H4427H8034H5892H6464H802H8034H4105H1323H4308H1323H4314 40These are the names of the leaders of the clans descended from Esau, who lived in the places named for them: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,H8034H441H6215H4940H4725H8034H441H8555H441H5933H441H3509 41Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,H441H173H441H425H441H6373 42Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,H441H7073H441H8487H441H4014 43Magdiel, and Iram. These are the leaders of the clans of Edom, listed according to their settlements in the land they occupied. They all descended from Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites.H441H4025H441H5902H441H123H4186H776H272H6215H1H123

Joseph’s Dreams

37So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived as a foreigner.H3290H3427H776H1H4033H776H3667 2This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father's flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father's wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.H8435H3290H3130H6240H7651H8141H1121H7462H6629H251H5288H1121H1090H1121H2153H1H802H3130H935H1H7451H1681 3Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe.H3478H157H3130H1121H1121H2208H6213H3801H6446 4But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn't say a kind word to him.H251H7200H1H157H251H8130H3201H1696H7965 5One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.H3130H2492H2472H5046H251H8130H3254 6"Listen to this dream," he said.H559H8085H2472H2492 7"We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!"H481H8432H485H7704H485H6965H5324H485H5437H7812H485 8His brothers responded, "So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.H251H559H4427H4427H4910H4910H8130H3254H2472H1697 9Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. "Listen, I have had another dream," he said. "The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!"H2492H312H2472H5608H251H559H2492H2472H8121H3394H6240H259H3556H7812 10This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. "What kind of dream is that?" he asked. "Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?"H5608H1H251H1H1605H559H2472H2492H517H251H935H935H7812H776 11But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.H251H7065H1H8104H1697 12Soon after this, Joseph's brothers went to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem.H251H3212H7462H1H6629H7927 13When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, "Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Get ready, and I will send you to them." "I'm ready to go," Joseph replied.H3478H559H3130H251H7462H7927H3212H7971H559 14"Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along," Jacob said. "Then come back and bring me a report." So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from their home in the valley of Hebron.H559H3212H7200H7965H251H7965H6629H7725H1697H7725H7971H6010H2275H935H7927 15When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. "What are you looking for?" he asked.H376H4672H8582H7704H376H7592H559H1245 16"I'm looking for my brothers," Joseph replied. "Do you know where they are pasturing their sheep?"H559H1245H251H5046H375H7462 17"Yes," the man told him. "They have moved on from here, but I heard them say, 'Let's go on to Dothan.'" So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there.H376H559H5265H2088H8085H559H3212H1886H3130H3212H310H251H4672H1886

Joseph Sold into Slavery

18When Joseph's brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him.H7200H7350H7126H5230H4191 19"Here comes the dreamer!" they said.H559H376H251H1976H1167H2472H935 20"Come on, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, 'A wild animal has eaten him.' Then we'll see what becomes of his dreams!"H3212H2026H7993H259H953H559H7451H2416H398H7200H2472 21But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph's rescue. "Let's not kill him," he said.H7205H8085H5337H3027H559H5221H5315 22"Why should we shed any blood? Let's just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness. Then he'll die without our laying a hand on him." Reuben was secretly planning to rescue Joseph and return him to his father.H7205H559H8210H1818H7993H953H4057H7971H3027H5337H3027H7725H1H7725 23So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing.H3130H935H251H6584H853H3130H854H3801H3801H6446 24Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.H3947H7993H953H953H7386H4325 25Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt.H3427H398H3899H5375H5869H7200H736H3459H935H1568H1581H5375H5219H6875H3910H1980H3381H4714 26Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother? We'd have to cover up the crime.H3063H559H251H1215H2026H251H3680H1818 27Instead of hurting him, let's sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!" And his brothers agreed.H3212H4376H3459H3027H251H1320H251H8085 28So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph's brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.H5674H4084H582H5503H4900H5927H3130H953H4376H3130H3459H6242H3701H935H3130H4714 29Some time later, Reuben returned to get Joseph out of the cistern. When he discovered that Joseph was missing, he tore his clothes in grief.H7205H7725H953H3130H953H7167H899 30Then he went back to his brothers and lamented, "The boy is gone! What will I do now?"H7725H251H559H3206H575H935 31Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph's robe in its blood.H3947H3130H3801H7819H8163H5795H2881H3801H1818 32They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: "Look at what we found. Doesn't this robe belong to your son?"H7971H3801H6446H935H1H559H4672H5234H1121H3801 33Their father recognized it immediately. "Yes," he said, "it is my son's robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!"H5234H559H1121H3801H7451H2416H398H3130H2963H2963 34Then Jacob tore his clothes and dressed himself in burlap. He mourned deeply for his son for a long time.H3290H7167H8071H7760H8242H4975H56H1121H7227H3117 35His family all tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "I will go to my grave mourning for my son," he would say, and then he would weep.H1121H1323H6965H5162H3985H5162H559H3381H7585H1121H57H1H1058 36Meanwhile, the Midianite traders arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.H4092H4376H4714H6318H5631H6547H8269H2876

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