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Genesis 35:1

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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 

Genesis 35:6-7

Context

35:6 Jacob and all those who were with him arrived at Luz (that is, Bethel) 4  in the land of Canaan. 5  35:7 He built an altar there and named the place El Bethel 6  because there God had revealed himself 7  to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

1 tn Heb “arise, go up.” The first imperative gives the command a sense of urgency.

2 map For location see Map4 G4; Map5 C1; Map6 E3; Map7 D1; Map8 G3.

3 sn God is calling on Jacob to fulfill his vow he made when he fled from…Esau (see Gen 28:20-22).

4 map For location see Map4 G4; Map5 C1; Map6 E3; Map7 D1; Map8 G3.

5 tn Heb “and Jacob came to Luz which is in the land of Canaan – it is Bethel – he and all the people who were with him.”

6 sn The name El-Bethel means “God of Bethel.”

7 tn Heb “revealed themselves.” The verb נִגְלוּ (niglu), translated “revealed himself,” is plural, even though one expects the singular form with the plural of majesty. Perhaps אֱלֹהִים (’elohim) is here a numerical plural, referring both to God and the angelic beings that appeared to Jacob. See the note on the word “know” in Gen 3:5.



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