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Genesis 35:2-3

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35:2 So Jacob told his household and all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have among you. 1  Purify yourselves and change your clothes. 2  35:3 Let us go up at once 3  to Bethel. Then I will make 4  an altar there to God, who responded to me in my time of distress 5  and has been with me wherever I went.” 6 

1 tn Heb “which are in your midst.”

2 sn The actions of removing false gods, becoming ritually clean, and changing garments would become necessary steps in Israel when approaching the Lord in worship.

3 tn Heb “let us arise and let us go up.” The first cohortative gives the statement a sense of urgency.

4 tn The cohortative with the prefixed conjunction here indicates purpose or consequence.

5 tn Heb “day of distress.” See Ps 20:1 which utilizes similar language.

6 tn Heb “in the way in which I went.” Jacob alludes here to God’s promise to be with him (see Gen 28:20).



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