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Genesis 28:12


and had a dream. 1  He saw 2  a stairway 3  erected on the earth with its top reaching to the heavens. The angels of God were going up and coming down it


Ge 15:1,12; Ge 20:3,6,7; Ge 32:1,2; Ge 37:5-11; Ge 40:1-41:57; Nu 12:6; 2Ch 16:9; Job 4:12-21; Job 33:15,16; Isa 41:10; Da 2:1-49; Da 4:1-37; Da 7:1; Mt 1:20; Mt 2:12,13,19; Joh 1:51; 2Ti 4:16,17; Heb 1:1; Heb 1:14

NET © Notes

tn Heb “and dreamed.”

tn Heb “and look.” The scene which Jacob witnessed is described in three clauses introduced with הִנֵּה (hinneh). In this way the narrator invites the reader to witness the scene through Jacob’s eyes. J. P. Fokkelman points out that the particle goes with a lifted arm and an open mouth: “There, a ladder! Oh, angels! and look, the Lord himself” (Narrative Art in Genesis [SSN], 51-52).

tn The Hebrew noun סֻלָּם (sullam, “ladder, stairway”) occurs only here in the OT, but there appears to be an Akkadian cognate simmiltu (with metathesis of the second and third consonants and a feminine ending) which has a specialized meaning of “stairway, ramp.” See H. R. Cohen, Biblical Hapax Legomena (SBLDS), 34. For further discussion see C. Houtman, “What Did Jacob See in His Dream at Bethel? Some Remarks on Genesis 28:10-22,” VT 27 (1977): 337-52; J. G. Griffiths, “The Celestial Ladder and the Gate of Heaven,” ExpTim 76 (1964/65): 229-30; and A. R. Millard, “The Celestial Ladder and the Gate of Heaven,” ExpTim 78 (1966/67): 86-87.

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