Red Letter Genesis, chapters 25-31

Jacob meets Rachael at the well

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Isaac marries Rebekah, who bears twins.

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

And the children struggled together within her, and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

*

God makes a covenant with Isaac.

And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.  And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

And I will make thy seed to mulitply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

And Isaac dwelt in Gerar….

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.

And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great….

And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.

And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy Father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

*

Esau’s anger. Jacob’s blessing.

And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest (twin) son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

[Through deception Jacob receives Esau’s birthright.  Genesis 27:2-46]

….And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The day of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy broher Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away…

And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughtres of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

*

And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Caanan.

Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.

And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.

And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

*

Jacob meets Rachel, works 14 years for her hand.

Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

And he looked, and beheld a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks, and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth….

And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.

And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept….

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

[Laban requires Jacob to work seven more years after he tricks Jacob into marrying his oldest daughter, Leah. Genesis 29:21-30:43]

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And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock.

And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.

And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

If he said thus, The speckled shall be hy wages, then all the cattle bare speckled, and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire’ then bare all the cattle ringstraked.

Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me….

And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: and I said, Here am I.

And He said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisle: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

I am the God of Beth-el, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me; now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled….

And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

And God came to Laban the Syrians in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad….

[Laban accuses Jacob for leaving. Jacob recounts his service. Rachel takes her father’s idols.]  Genesis 31:25-54]

And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.

Genesis 32-35

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Posted on October 11, 2011, in Bible, Christian, God, God's Word, Hebrews, Torah and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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