- And Isaac having called for Jacob, blessed
him, and charged him, saying, Thou shalt
not take a wife of the daughters of the
- Rise and depart quickly into
Mesopotamia, to the house of Bathuel the
father of thy mother, and take to thyself
thence a wife of the daughters of Laban
thy mother's brother.
- And may my God
bless thee, and increase thee, and multiply
thee and thou shalt become gatherings of
- And may he give thee the blessing
of my father Abraam, even to thee and
to thy seed after thee, to inherit the land
of thy sojourning, which God gave to
- So Isaac sent away Jacob, and
he went into Mesopotamia to Laban the
son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of
Rebecca the mother of Jacob and Esau.
- And Esau saw that Isaac blessed Jacob,
and sent him away to Mesopotamia of
Syria as he blessed him, to take to himself
a wife thence, and that he charged him,
saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the
daughters of the Chananites;
- and that Jacob hearkened to his father and his
mother, and went to Mesopotamia of Syria.
- And Esau also having seen that the
daughters of Chanaan were evil before his
- Esau went to Ismael, and
took Maeleth the daughter of Ismael, the
son of Abraam, the sister of Nabeoth, a
wife in addition to his other wives.
- And Jacob went forth from the well of
the oath, and departed into Charrhan.
- And came to a certain place and slept
there, for the sun had gone down; and he
took one of the stones of the place, and put
it at his head, and lay down to sleep in that
- and dreamed, and behold a ladder
fixed on the earth, whose top reached to
heaven, and the angels of God ascended
and descended on it.
- And the Lord [a]
stood upon it, and said, I am the God of
thy father Abraam, and the God of Isaac;
fear not, the land on which thou liest, to
thee will I give it, and to thy seed.
- And thy seed shall be as the sand of the earth;
and it shall spread abroad to the sea, and
the south, and the north, and to the east;
and in thee and in thy seed shall all the
tribes of the earth be blessed.
- And behold I am with thee to preserve thee
continually in all the way wherein thou
shalt go; and I will bring thee back to this
land; for I will not desert thee, until I have
done all that I have said to thee.
- And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and said, The
Lord is in this place, and I knew it not.
- And he was afraid, and said, How fearful
is this place! this is none other than
the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
- And Jacob rose up in the morning,
and took the stone he [b] had laid there by
his head, and he set it up as a pillar, and
poured oil on the top of it.
- And he called the name of that place, the House
of God; and the name of the city before
- And Jacob vowed a vow,
saying, If the Lord God will be with me,
and guard me throughout on this journey, on
which I am going, and give me bread to eat,
and raiment to put on,
- and bring me back in
safety to the house of my father, then shall
the Lord be for a God to me.
- And this stone,
which I have set up for a pillar, shall be to me
a house of God; and of all whatsoever thou
shalt give me, I will tithe a tenth for thee.
[a] Gr. was established.
[b] Lit. put under. See 1 Tim. 3.15.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]