The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 35:16–20

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16  And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

16  And Jacob removed from Baethel, and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Gader, and it came to pass when he drew nigh to Chabratha, to enter into Ephratha, Rachel travailed; and in her travail she was in hard labour.

16  Then, departing from there, he arrived in springtime at the land that leads to Ephrath. And there, when Rachel was giving birth,

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17  And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the mid-wife said unto her: 'Fear not; for this also is a son for thee.'

17  because it was a difficult birth, she began to be in danger. And the midwife said to her, “Do not be afraid, for you will have this son also.”

18  And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing--for she died--that she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

18  Then, when her life was departing because of the pain, and death was now imminent, she called the name of her son Benoni, that is, the son of my pain. Yet truly, his father called him Benjamin, that is, the son of the right hand.

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19  And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath--the same is Beth-lehem.

19  So Rachel died, and was buried in the way of the course of Ephratha, this is Bethleem.

19  And so Rachel died, and she was buried in the way that leads to Ephrath: this place is Bethlehem.

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20  And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.

20  And Jacob erected a monument over her sepulcher. This is the monument to Rachel’s tomb, even to the present day.