The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 35:1–8

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And God said unto Jacob: 'Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there; and make there an altar unto God, who appeared unto thee when thou didst flee from the face of Esau thy brother.'

About this time, God said to Jacob, “Arise and go up to Bethel, and live there, and make an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”

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Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him: 'Put away the strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments;

And Jacob said to his house, and to all that were with him, Remove the strange gods that are with you from the midst of you, and purify yourselves, and change your clothes.

In truth, Jacob, having called together all his house, said: “Cast away the foreign gods that are in your midst and be cleansed, and also change your garments.

and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.'

And let us rise and go up to Baethel, and let us there make an alter to God who hearkened to me in the day of calamity, who was with me, and preserved me throughout in the journey, by which I went.

Arise, and let us go up to Bethel, so that we may make an altar there to God, who heeded me in the day of my tribulation, and who accompanied me on my journey.”

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And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth which was by Shechem.

Therefore, they gave him all the foreign gods which they had, and the earrings which were in their ears. And then he buried them under the terebinth tree, which is beyond the city of Shechem.

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And they journeyed; and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

So Israel departed from Secima, and the fear of God was upon the cities round about them, and they did not pursue after the children of Israel.

And when they had set out, the terror of God invaded all the surrounding cities, and they dared not pursue them as they withdrew.

So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan--the same is Beth-el--he and all the people that were with him.

And Jacob came to Luza, which is in the land of Chanaan, which is Baethel, he and all the people that were with him.

And so, Jacob arrived at Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, also named Bethel: he and all the people with him.

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And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el, because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

And he built an altar there, and he called the name of that place, ‘House of God.’ For there God appeared to him when he fled from his brother.

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And Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon- bacuth.

About the same time, Deborah, the nurse of Rebekah, died, and she was buried at the base of Bethel, under an oak tree. And the name of that place was called, ‘Oak of Weeping.’

Then Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried below Bethel under an oak; so the name of the oak was called Betemtha dabkhatha (the oak of weeping).