(Ge 25:19-34) Jacob and Esau
Here is the story of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. She was the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram. She was also the sister of Laban the Aramean. Rebekah couldn’t have children. So Isaac prayed to the LORD for her. And the LORD answered his prayer. His wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies struggled with each other inside her. She said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to ask the LORD what she should do. The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your body. Two tribes that are now inside you will be separated. One nation will be stronger than the other. The older son will serve the younger one.” The time came for Rebekah to have her babies. There were twin boys in her body. The first one to come out was red. His whole body was covered with hair. So they named him Esau. Then his brother came out. His hand was holding onto Esau’s heel. So he was named Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when Rebekah had them. The boys grew up. Esau became a skillful hunter. He was a man who liked the open country. But Jacob was a quiet man. He stayed at home among the tents. Isaac liked the meat of wild animals. So Esau was his favorite son. But Rebekah’s favorite was Jacob. One day Jacob was cooking some stew. Esau came in from the open country. He was very hungry. He said to Jacob, “Quick! Let me have some of that red stew! I’m very hungry!” That’s why he was also named Edom. Jacob replied, “First sell me the rights that belong to you as the oldest son in the family.” “Look, I’m dying of hunger,” Esau said. “What good are those rights to me?” But Jacob said, “First promise me with an oath that you are selling me your rights.” So Esau promised to do it. He sold Jacob all of the rights that belonged to him as the oldest son. Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. Esau ate and drank. Then he got up and left. So Esau didn’t care anything at all about the rights that belonged to him as the oldest son.
(Ge 27:1-40) Isaac Gives Jacob His Blessing
Isaac had become old. His eyes were so weak he couldn’t see anymore. One day he called for his older son Esau. He said to him, “My son.” “Here I am,” he answered. Isaac said, “I’m an old man now. And I don’t know when I’ll die. Now then, get your weapons. Get your bow and arrows. Go out to the open country. Hunt some wild animals for me. Prepare for me the kind of tasty food I like. Bring it to me to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing before I die.” Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. Esau left for the open country. He went to hunt for a wild animal and bring it back. Then Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau. He said, ‘Bring me a wild animal. Prepare some tasty food for me to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing before I die. The LORD will be my witness.’” Rebekah continued, “My son, listen carefully. Do what I tell you. Go out to the flock. Bring me two of the finest young goats. I will prepare tasty food for your father. I’ll make it just the way he likes it. I want you to take it to your father to eat. Then he’ll give you his blessing before he dies.” Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “My brother Esau’s body is covered with hair. But my skin is smooth. What if my father touches me? He would know I was trying to trick him. That would bring a curse down on me instead of a blessing.” His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say. Go and get the goats for me.” So he went and got the goats. He brought them to his mother. And she prepared some tasty food. She made it just the way his father liked it. The clothes of her older son Esau were in her house. She took the best of them and put them on her younger son Jacob. She covered his hands with the skins of the goats. She also covered the smooth part of his neck with them. Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. He went to his father and said, “My father.” “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who is it?” Jacob said to his father, “I’m your oldest son Esau. I’ve done as you told me. Please sit up. Eat some of my wild meat. Then give me your blessing.” Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The LORD your God gave me success,” he replied. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son. I want to know whether you really are my son Esau.” Jacob went close to his father. Isaac touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob. But the hands are the hands of Esau.” Isaac didn’t recognize him. His hands were covered with hair like those of his brother Esau. So Isaac blessed him. “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “I am,” Jacob replied. Isaac said, “My son, bring me some of your wild meat to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing.” Jacob brought it to him. So Isaac ate. Jacob also brought some wine. And Isaac drank. Then Jacob’s father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son. Kiss me.” So Jacob went to him and kissed him. When Isaac smelled the clothes, he gave Jacob his blessing. He said, “It really is the smell of my son. It’s like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed. May God give you dew from heaven. May he give you the richness of the earth. May he give you plenty of grain and fresh wine. May nations serve you. May they bow down to you. Rule over your brothers. May the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who call down curses on you be cursed. And may those who bless you be blessed.” When Isaac finished blessing him, Jacob left his father. Just then his brother Esau came in from hunting. He too prepared some tasty food. He brought it to his father. Then Esau said to him, “My father, sit up. Eat some of my wild meat. Then give me your blessing.” His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?” “I’m your son,” he answered. “I’m your oldest son. I’m Esau.” Isaac was shaking all over. He said, “Then who was it that hunted a wild animal and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came. I gave him my blessing. And he will certainly be blessed!” Esau heard his father’s words. Then he began crying loudly and bitterly. He said to his father, “Bless me! Bless me too, my father!” But Isaac said, “Your brother came and tricked me. He took your blessing.” Esau said, “Isn’t Jacob just the right name for him? He has cheated me two times. First, he took my rights as the oldest son. And now he’s taken my blessing!” Then Esau asked, “Haven’t you saved any blessing for me?” Isaac answered Esau, “I’ve made him ruler over you. I’ve made all of his relatives serve him. And I’ve provided him with grain and fresh wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?” Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau sobbed loudly. His father Isaac answered him, “You will live far away from the richness of the earth. You will live far away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword. And you will serve your brother. But you will grow restless. Then you will throw off the heavy load he put on your shoulders.”
(Ge 27:41-28:9) Jacob Runs Away to Laban
Esau was angry with Jacob. He was angry because of the blessing his father had given to Jacob. He said to himself, “My father will soon die. The days of sorrow over him are near. Then I’ll kill my brother Jacob.”
Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said. So she sent for her younger son Jacob. She said to him, “Your brother Esau is comforting himself with the thought of killing you. “Now then, my son, do what I say. Go at once to my brother Laban in Haran. Stay with him until your brother’s anger calms down. Stay until your brother isn’t angry with you anymore. When he forgets what you did to him, I’ll let you know. Then you can come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?” Then Rebekah spoke to Isaac. She said, “I’m sick of living because of Esau’s Hittite wives. Suppose Jacob also marries a Hittite woman. If he does, my life won’t be worth living.” So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. He commanded him, “Don’t get married to a woman from Canaan. Go at once to Paddan Aram. Go to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Find a wife for yourself there. Take her from among the daughters of your mother’s brother Laban.
“May the Mighty God bless you. May he give you children. May he increase your numbers until you become a community of nations. May he give you and your children after you the blessing he gave to Abraham. Then you can take over the land where you now live as an outsider. It’s the land God gave to Abraham.” Isaac sent Jacob on his way. Jacob went to Paddan Aram. He went to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean. Laban was the brother of Rebekah. And Rebekah was the mother of Jacob and Esau. Esau found out that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram. Isaac wanted him to get a wife from there. Esau heard that when Isaac blessed Jacob, he commanded him, “Don’t get married to a woman from Canaan.” Esau also learned that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. Then Esau realized how much his father Isaac disliked the women of Canaan. So he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath. She was the sister of Nebaioth and the daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael. Esau added her to the wives he already had.
(Ge 28:10-22) Jacob Has a Dream at Bethel
Jacob left Beersheba and started out for Haran. He reached a certain place and stopped for the night. The sun had already set. He took one of the stones there and placed it under his head. Then he lay down to sleep. In a dream he saw a stairway standing on the earth. Its top reached to heaven. The angels of God were going up and coming down on it. The LORD stood above the stairway. He said, “I am the LORD. I am the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your children after you the land on which you are lying. They will be like the dust of the earth that can’t be counted. They will spread out to the west and to the east. They will spread out to the north and to the south. All nations on earth will be blessed because of you and your children after you. “I am with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. And I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Jacob woke up from his sleep. Then he thought, “The LORD is certainly in this place. And I didn’t even know it.” Jacob was afraid. He said, “How holy this place is! This must be the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head. He set it up as a pillar. And he poured oil on top of it. He named that place Bethel. But the city used to be called Luz. Then Jacob made a promise. He said, “May God be with me. May he watch over me on this journey I’m taking. May he give me food to eat and clothes to wear. May he do as he has promised so that I can return safely to my father’s home. Then you, LORD, will be my God. This stone I’ve set up as a pillar will be God’s house. And I’ll give you a tenth of everything you give me.”
(Ge 29:1-14) Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram
Then Jacob continued on his journey. He came to the land where the eastern tribes lived. There he saw a well in the field. Three flocks of sheep were lying near it. The flocks were given water from the well. The stone over the opening of the well was large. All of the flocks would gather there. The shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s opening. They would give water to the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the opening of the well. Jacob asked the shepherds, “My friends, where are you from?” “We’re from Haran,” they replied. He said to them, “Do you know Nahor’s grandson Laban?” “Yes, we know him,” they answered. Then Jacob asked them, “How is he?” “He’s fine,” they said. “Here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep now.” “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high in the sky. It’s not time for the flocks to be brought together. Give water to the sheep and take them back to the grasslands.” “We can’t,” they replied. “We have to wait until all of the flocks are brought together. The stone has to be rolled away from the opening of the well. Then we’ll give water to the sheep.” He was still talking with them when Rachel came with her father’s sheep. It was her job to take care of the flock. Rachel was the daughter of Laban. He was the brother of Jacob’s mother. When Jacob saw Rachel with Laban’s sheep, he went over to the well. He rolled the stone away from the opening. He gave water to his uncle’s sheep. Jacob kissed Rachel. Then he began to sob loudly. He had told Rachel he was a relative of her father. He had also said he was Rebekah’s son. Rachel ran and told her father what Jacob had said. As soon as Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he hurried to meet him. Laban hugged Jacob and kissed him. Then he brought him to his home. There Jacob told him everything. Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”
(Ge 29:14 -30) Jacob Gets Married to Leah and Rachel
Jacob stayed with Laban for a whole month. Then Laban said to him, “You are one of my relatives. But is that any reason for you to work for me for nothing? Tell me what your pay should be.” Laban had two daughters. The name of the older one was Leah. And the name of the younger one was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes. But Rachel was beautiful. She had a nice figure. Jacob was in love with Rachel. He said to Laban, “I’ll work for you for seven years to get your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It’s better for me to give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” So Jacob worked for seven years to get Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because he loved her so much. Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. I’ve completed my time. I want to make love to her.” So Laban brought all of the people of the place together and had a big dinner prepared. But when evening came, he gave his daughter Leah to Jacob. And Jacob made love to her. Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter as her servant. When Jacob woke up the next morning, there was Leah next to him! So he said to Laban, “What have you done to me? I worked for you to get Rachel, didn’t I? Why did you trick me?” Laban replied, “It isn’t our practice here to give the younger daughter to be married before the older one. Complete this daughter’s wedding week. Then we’ll give you the younger one also. But you will have to work for another seven years.” So Jacob did it. He completed the week with Leah. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her servant. Jacob made love to Rachel also. He loved Rachel more than he loved Leah. And he worked for Laban for another seven years.
(Ge 29:31-30:24) Jacob Becomes the Father of Many Children
The LORD saw that Jacob didn’t love Leah as much as he loved Rachel. So he let Leah have children. But Rachel wasn’t able to have children. Leah became pregnant. She had a son. She named him Reuben. She said, “The LORD has seen me suffer. Certainly my husband will love me now.” She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, “The LORD heard that Jacob doesn’t love me very much. That’s why the LORD gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon. She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, “Now at last my husband will want me. I have had three sons by him.” So the boy was named Levi. She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, “This time I’ll praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. Rachel saw that she couldn’t have any children by Jacob. So she became jealous of her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” Jacob became angry with her. He said, “Do you think I’m God? He’s the one who has kept you from having children.” Then she said, “Here’s my servant Bilhah. Make love to her so that she can have children for me. Then I too can have a family through her.” So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob made love to her. And Bilhah became pregnant. She had a son by him. Then Rachel said, “God has stood up for my rights. He has listened to my prayer and given me a son.” So she named him Dan. Rachel’s servant Bilhah became pregnant again. She had a second son by Jacob. Then Rachel said, “I’ve had a great struggle with my sister. Now I’ve won.” So she named him Naphtali. Leah saw that she had stopped having children. So she gave her servant Zilpah to Jacob as a wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah had a son by Jacob. Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad. Leah’s servant Zilpah had a second son by Jacob. Then Leah said, “I’m so happy! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher. While the wheat harvest was being gathered, Reuben went out into the fields. He found some mandrake plants. He brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” But Leah said to her, “Isn’t it enough that you took my husband away? Are you going to take my son’s mandrakes too?” Rachel said, “All right. Jacob can make love to you tonight if you give me your son’s mandrakes.” Jacob came in from the fields that evening. Leah went out to meet him. “You have to sleep with me tonight,” she said. “I’ve bought you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he made love to her that night. God listened to Leah. She became pregnant and had a fifth son by Jacob. Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me because I gave my female servant to my husband.” So she named the boy Issachar. Leah became pregnant again. She had a sixth son by Jacob. Then Leah said, “God has given me a priceless gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor. I’ve had six sons by him.” So she named the boy Zebulun. Some time later she had a daughter. She named her Dinah. Then God listened to Rachel. He showed concern for her. He made it possible for her to have children. She became pregnant. She had a son. She said, “God has taken my shame away.” She continued, “May the LORD give me another son.” So she named him Joseph.
(Ge 30:25-43) Jacob’s Flocks Increase Their Numbers
After Rachel had Joseph, Jacob spoke to Laban. He said, “Send me on my way. I want to go back to my own home and country. Give me my wives and children. I worked for you to get them. So I’ll be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.” But Laban said to him, “If you are pleased with me, stay here. I’ve discovered that the LORD has blessed me because of you.” He continued, “Name your pay. I’ll give it to you.” Jacob said to him, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you. You know that your livestock has done better under my care. You had only a little before I came. But that little has become a lot. The LORD has blessed you everywhere I’ve been. But when can I do something for my own family?” “What should I give you?” Laban asked. “Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “Just do one thing for me. Then I’ll go on taking care of your flocks and watching over them. “Let me go through all of your flocks today. Let me remove every sheep that has speckles or spots on it. Let me remove every dark-colored lamb. Let me remove every goat that has spots or speckles on it. They will be my pay. “My honesty will give witness about me in days to come. It will give witness every time you check on what you have paid me. Suppose I have a goat that doesn’t have speckles or spots. Or suppose I have a lamb that isn’t dark-colored. Then it will be considered stolen.” “I agree,” said Laban. “Let’s do what you have said.” That same day Laban removed all of the male goats that had stripes or spots. He removed all of the female goats that had speckles or spots. They were the ones that had white on them. He also removed all of the dark-colored lambs. He had his sons take care of them. Then he put a journey of three days between himself and Jacob. But Jacob continued to take care of the rest of Laban’s flocks. Jacob took branches that were freshly cut from poplar, almond and plane trees. He made white stripes on them by peeling off the bark. He uncovered the white wood inside the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all of the stone tubs where the animals drank water. He placed them so they would be right in front of the flocks when they came to drink. The flocks were ready to mate when they came to drink. So they mated in front of the branches. And they had little ones that were striped or speckled or spotted. Jacob put the little ones of the flock to one side by themselves. But he made the older ones face the striped and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. In that way, he made separate flocks for himself. He didn’t put them with Laban’s animals. Every time the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the branches in the stone tubs. He would place them in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches. But if the animals were weak, he wouldn’t place the branches there. So the weak animals went to Laban. And the strong ones went to Jacob. In this way, Jacob became very rich. He became the owner of large flocks. He also had many male and female servants. And he had many camels and donkeys.
(Ge 31:1-21) Jacob Runs Away From Laban
Jacob heard what Laban’s sons were saying. “Jacob has taken everything our father owned,” they said. “He has gained all of this wealth from what belonged to our father.” Jacob noticed that Laban’s feelings toward him had changed. Then the LORD spoke to Jacob. He said, “Go back to your father’s land and to your relatives. I will be with you.” So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah. He told them to come out to the fields where his flocks were. He said to them, “I see that your father’s feelings toward me have changed. But the God of my father has been with me. You know that I’ve worked for your father with all of my strength. “But your father has cheated me. He has changed my pay ten times. In spite of everything that’s happened, God hasn’t let him harm me. Sometimes Laban would say, ‘The speckled ones will be your pay.’ Then all the flocks had little ones with speckles. At other times he would say, ‘The striped ones will be your pay.’ Then all the flocks had little ones with stripes. So God has taken away your father’s livestock and given it to me. “Once during the mating season I had a dream. In my dream I looked up and saw male goats mating with the flock. The goats had stripes, speckles or spots. “The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Look up. See the male goats mating with the flock. All of them have stripes, speckles or spots. That is because I have seen everything that Laban has been doing to you. “‘I am the God of Bethel. That is where you poured oil on a pillar. There you made a promise to me. Now leave this land. Go back to your own land.’” Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in our father’s property? Doesn’t our father think of us as strangers? First he sold us. Now he has used up what he was paid for us. All of the wealth God took away from our father really belongs to us and our children. So do what God has told you to do.” Then Jacob put his children and wives on camels. He drove all of his livestock ahead of him. He also took with him everything he had gotten in Paddan Aram. He left to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. Laban had gone to clip the wool from his sheep. While he was gone, Rachel stole the statues of family gods that belonged to her father. And that’s not all. Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean. He didn’t tell him he was running away. So Jacob ran off with everything he had. He crossed the Euphrates River. And he headed for the hill country of Gilead.
(Ge 31:22-55) Laban Chases Jacob
On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had run away. He took his relatives with him and went after Jacob. Seven days later he caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night. He said to him, “Be careful. Do not say anything to Jacob, whether it is good or bad.” Jacob had set up his tent in the hill country of Gilead. That’s where Laban caught up with him. Laban and his relatives camped there too. Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You have tricked me. You have taken my daughters away like prisoners of war. Why did you run away in secret and trick me? Why didn’t you tell me? Then I could have sent you away happily. We could have sung to the music of tambourines and harps. You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by. You have done a foolish thing. “I have the power to harm you. But last night the God of your father spoke to me. He said, ‘Be careful. Do not say anything to Jacob, whether it is good or bad.’ “Now you have run away. You longed to go back to your father’s home. But why did you have to steal my gods?” Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid. I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. “But if you find anyone who has your gods, he will not remain alive. While our relatives are watching, look for yourself. See if there’s anything of yours here with me. If you find anything belonging to you, take it.” But Jacob didn’t know that Rachel had stolen the gods. So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and Leah’s tent. He went into the tent of their two female servants. But he didn’t find anything. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent.
Rachel was the one who had taken his family gods. She had put them inside her camel’s saddle. She was sitting on them. Laban searched the whole tent. But he didn’t find anything. Rachel said to her father, “I’m sorry, sir. I can’t get up for you right now. But don’t be angry with me. I’m having my monthly period.” So he searched everywhere but couldn’t find his family gods. Jacob was very angry with Laban. “What have I done wrong?” he asked. “What sin have I committed to make you hunt me down like this? You have searched through all of my things. What have you found that belongs to your family? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine. Let them decide between the two of us. “I’ve been with you for 20 years now. The little ones of your sheep and goats were not dead when they were born. I haven’t eaten rams from your flocks. I didn’t bring you animals that were torn apart by wild beasts. I made up for the loss myself. Also, you made me pay for anything that was stolen by day or night. “And what was my life like? The heat burned me in the daytime. And it was so cold at night that I froze. I couldn’t sleep. That’s what it was like for the 20 years I was living with you. “I worked for 14 years to get your two daughters. I worked for six years to get my share of your flocks. You changed my pay ten times. “But the God of my father was with me. He is the God of Abraham and the God Isaac worshiped. If he hadn’t been with me, you would certainly have sent me away without anything to show for all of my work. But God has seen my hard times. He has seen all of the work my hands have done. So last night he warned you.” Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters. The children are my children. The flocks are my flocks. Everything you see is mine. But what can I do today about these daughters of mine? What can I do about the children they’ve had? “Come now. Let’s make a covenant, you and I. Let it be a witness between us.” So Jacob took a stone. He set it up as a pillar. He said to his relatives, “Get some stones.” So they took stones and put them in a pile. And they ate there by it. Laban named the pile of stones Jegar Sahadutha. Jacob named it Galeed. Laban said, “This pile of stones is a witness between you and me today.” That’s why it was named Galeed. It was also called Mizpah. That’s because Laban said, “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. Don’t treat my daughters badly. Don’t get married to any women besides my daughters. There isn’t anyone here to see what we’re doing. But remember that God is a witness between you and me.” Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this pile of stones. And here is this pillar. I’ve set them up between you and me. This pile is a witness. And this pillar is a witness. They give witness that I won’t go past this pile to harm you. And they give witness that you won’t go past this pile and pillar to harm me. “The God of Abraham and Nahor is also the God of their father. May their God decide which of us is right.” So Jacob took an oath in the name of the God his father Isaac worshiped. He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country. And he invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there. Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters. He gave them his blessing. Then he left and returned home.
(Ge 32:1-21) Jacob Gets Ready to Meet Esau
Jacob also went on his way. The angels of God met him. Jacob saw them. He said, “This is the army of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim. Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau. Esau lived in the land of Seir. It was also called the country of Edom. Jacob told the messengers what to do. He said, “Here’s what you must tell my master Esau. ‘Your servant Jacob says, “I’ve been staying with Laban. I’ve remained there until now. I have cattle and donkeys and sheep and goats. I also have male and female servants. Now I’m sending this message to you. I hope I can please you.”’” The messengers came back to Jacob. They said, “We went to your brother Esau. He’s coming now to meet you. He has 400 men with him.”
Jacob was very worried and afraid. So he separated the people who were with him into two groups. He also separated the flocks and herds and camels. He thought, “Esau may come and attack one group. If he does, the group that’s left can escape.” Then Jacob prayed, “You are the God of my grandfather Abraham. You are the God of my father Isaac. “LORD, you are the one who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives. Then I will give you success.’ You have been very kind and faithful to me. But I’m not worthy of any of this. When I crossed this Jordan River, all I had was my walking stick. But now I’ve become two groups. “Please save me from the hand of my brother Esau. I’m afraid he’ll come and attack me and the mothers with their children. But you have said, ‘I will certainly give you success. I will make your children as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. People will not be able to count them.’” Jacob spent the night there. He chose a gift for his brother Esau from what he had with him. He chose 200 female goats and 20 male goats. He chose 200 female sheep and 20 male sheep. He chose 30 female camels with their little ones. He chose 40 cows and ten bulls. And he chose 20 female donkeys and ten male donkeys. He put each herd by itself. Then he put his servants in charge of them. He said to his servants, “Go on ahead of me. Keep some space between the herds.” Jacob spoke to his servant who was leading the way. He said, “My brother Esau will meet you. He’ll ask, ‘Who is your master? Where are you going? And who owns all of these animals in front of you?’ “Then say to Esau, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift to you from him. And he is coming behind us.’” He also spoke to the second and third servants. He told them and all of the others who followed the herds what to do. He said, “Say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. Make sure you say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’” Jacob was thinking, “I’ll make peace with him with these gifts I’m sending on ahead. When I see him later, maybe he’ll welcome me.” So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him. But he himself spent the night in the camp.
(Ge 32:22-32) Jacob Struggles With God
That night Jacob got up. He took his two wives, his two female servants and his 11 sons and sent them across the Jabbok River. After they had crossed the stream, he sent over everything he owned. So Jacob was left alone. A man struggled with him until morning. The man saw that he couldn’t win. So he touched the inside of Jacob’s hip. As Jacob struggled with the man, Jacob’s hip was twisted. Then the man said, “Let me go. It is morning.” But Jacob replied, “I won’t let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will not be Jacob anymore. Instead, it will be Israel. You have struggled with God and with men. And you have won.” Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you want to know my name?” Then he blessed Jacob there. So Jacob named the place Peniel. He said, “I saw God face to face. But I’m still alive!” The sun rose above Jacob as he passed by Peniel. He was limping because of his hip. That’s why the people of Israel don’t eat the meat attached to the inside of the hip. They don’t eat it to this very day. It’s because the inside of Jacob’s hip was touched.
(Ge 33:1-20) Jacob Meets Esau
Jacob looked up. And there was Esau, coming with his 400 men! So Jacob separated the children. He put them with Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. He put the servants and their children in front. He put Leah and her children next. And he put Rachel and Joseph last. He himself went on ahead. As he came near his brother, he bowed down to the ground seven times. But Esau ran to meet Jacob. He hugged him and threw his arms around his neck. He kissed him, and they cried. Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these people with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has so kindly given to me.” Then the female servants and their children came near and bowed down. Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel. They bowed down too. Esau asked, “Why did you send all of those herds I saw?” “I hoped I could do something to please you,” Jacob replied. But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.” “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I’ve pleased you, accept this gift from me. Seeing your face is like seeing the face of God. You have welcomed me so kindly. Please accept the present that was brought to you. God has been gracious to me. I have everything I need.” Jacob wouldn’t give in. So Esau accepted it. Then Esau said, “Let’s be on our way. I’ll go with you.” But Jacob said to him, “You know that the children are young. You also know that I have to take care of the cows and female sheep that are nursing their little ones. If the animals are driven hard for just one day, all of them will die. “So you go on ahead of me. I’ll move along only as fast as the herds and the children can go. I’ll go slowly until I come to you in Seir.” Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.” “Why do that?” Jacob asked. “I just hope I’ve pleased you.” So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. But Jacob went to Succoth. There he built a place for himself. He also made shelters for his livestock. That’s why the place is named Succoth. After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan. He camped where he could see the city. For 100 pieces of silver he bought a piece of land. He got it from the sons of Hamor. Hamor was the father of Shechem. Jacob set up his tent on that piece of land. He also set up an altar there. He named it El Elohe Israel.
(Ge 34:1-31) Simeon and Levi Kill the Men of Shechem
Dinah was the daughter Leah had by Jacob. Dinah went out to visit the women of the land. Hamor the Hivite was the ruler of that area. When his son Shechem saw Dinah, he took her and raped her. Then his heart longed for Jacob’s daughter Dinah. He fell in love with her and spoke tenderly to her. Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me that woman. I want her to be my wife.” Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been made “unclean.” His sons were in the fields with his livestock. So he kept quiet about it until they came home.
Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields. They came as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with sadness and anger. Shechem had done a very terrible thing. He had forced Jacob’s daughter to have sex with him. He had done something that should never be done in Israel. But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem wants your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. “Let your people and ours get married to each other. Give us your daughters as our wives. You can have our daughters as your wives. You can settle among us. Here is the land. Live in it. Trade in it. Buy property in it.” Then Shechem spoke to Dinah’s father and brothers. He said, “I want to please you. I’ll give you anything you ask. Make the price for the bride as high as you want to. I’ll pay anything you ask me. Just give me the woman. I want to get married to her.” Their sister Dinah had been made “unclean.” So Jacob’s sons lied to Shechem and his father Hamor. They said to them, “We can’t do it. We can’t give our sister to a man who isn’t circumcised. That would bring shame on us. We’ll agree, but only on one condition. You will have to become like us. You will have to circumcise all of your males. “Then we’ll give you our daughters as your wives. And we’ll take your daughters as our wives. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you. But if you won’t agree to it, then we’ll take our sister and go.” Their offer seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. The young man was the most honored of all of the men in his father’s family. He didn’t lose any time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. Hamor and his son Shechem went to the city gate. They spoke to the other men in town. “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land. Let them trade in it. The land has plenty of room for them. We can get married to their daughters. And they can marry ours. “But they will agree to live with us as one people only on one condition. All of our males must be circumcised, just as they are. “Won’t their livestock and their property belong to us? Won’t all of their animals become ours? So let’s say yes to them. Then they’ll settle among us.” All of the men who went out through the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem. So every male in the city was circumcised. Three days later, all of them were still in pain. Then Simeon and Levi took their swords. They were Jacob’s sons and Dinah’s brothers. They attacked the city when the people didn’t expect it. They killed every male. They also killed Hamor and his son Shechem with their swords. Then they took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left. Jacob’s other sons found the dead bodies. They robbed the city where their sister had been made “unclean.” They took the flocks and herds and donkeys. They took everything that was in the city and out in the fields. They carried everything away. And they took all of the women and children. They took away everything that was in the houses. Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me. Now I’m like a very bad smell to the Canaanites and Perizzites who live in this land. There aren’t many of us. They may join together against me and attack me. Then I and my family will be destroyed.” But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
(Ge 35:1-15) Jacob Returns to Bethel
Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to honor me. That’s where I appeared to you when you were running away from your brother Esau.” So Jacob spoke to his family and to everyone who was with him. He said, “Get rid of the strange gods you have with you. Make yourselves pure, and change your clothes. Come, let’s go up to Bethel. There I’ll build an altar to honor God. He answered me when I was in trouble. He’s been with me everywhere I’ve gone.” So they gave Jacob all of the strange gods they had. They also gave him their earrings. Jacob buried them under the oak tree at Shechem. Then Jacob and everyone who was with him started out. The terror of God fell on the towns all around them. So no one chased them. Jacob and all of the people who were with him came to Luz. Luz is also called Bethel. It’s in the land of Canaan. Jacob built an altar at Luz. He named the place El Bethel. There God made himself known to Jacob when he was running away from his brother. Rebekah’s attendant Deborah died. They buried her body under the oak tree below Bethel. So it was called Allon Bacuth. After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again. And God blessed him. God said to him, “Your name is Jacob. But you will not be called Jacob anymore. Your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. God said to him, “I am the Mighty God. Have children and increase your numbers. A nation and a community of nations will come from you. Kings will come from your body. I am giving you the land I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give it to your children after you.” Then God left him at the place where he had talked with him. Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him. He poured out a drink offering on it. He also poured oil on it. Jacob named the place Bethel. That’s where God had talked with him.
(Ge 35:16-29) Rachel and Isaac Die
They moved on from Bethel. Ephrath wasn’t very far away when Rachel began to have a baby. She was having a very hard time of it. The woman who helped her saw that she was having problems. So she said to her, “Don’t be afraid. You have another son.” But Rachel was dying. As she took her last breath, she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin. So Rachel died. Her body was buried beside the road to Ephrath. Ephrath was also called Bethlehem. Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. The pillar marks the place of Rachel’s tomb to this very day. Israel moved on again. He set up his tent beyond Migdal Eder. While Israel was living in that area, Reuben went in and made love to Bilhah. She was the concubine of Reuben’s father. And Israel heard about it. Here are the 12 sons Jacob had. Leah was the mother of Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son. Her other sons were Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Rachel’s female servant Bilhah were Dan and Naphtali. The sons of Leah’s female servant Zilpah were Gad and Asher. Those were Jacob’s sons. They were born in Paddan Aram. Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre. Mamre is near Kiriath Arba, where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. The place is also called Hebron. Isaac lived 180 years. Then he took his last breath and died. He was very old when he joined the members of his family who had already died. His sons Esau and Jacob buried his body.
Ge 36:6 Esau moved to a land far away from his brother Jacob. He took with him his wives, his sons and daughters, and all of the people who lived with him. He also took his livestock and all of his other animals. He took everything he had gotten in Canaan.
Ge 36:7 Jacob and Esau owned so much that they couldn’t remain together. There wasn’t enough land for both of them. They had too much livestock.
Ge 37:1 Jacob lived in the land of Canaan. It’s the land where his father had stayed.
Ge 37:2 Here is the story of Jacob. Joseph was a young man. He was 17 years old. He was taking care of the flocks with some of his brothers. They were the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. Joseph brought their father a bad report about them.
Ge 37:3 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons. Joseph had been born to him when he was old. Israel made him a beautiful robe.
Ge 37:13 Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are taking care of the flocks near Shechem. Come. I’m going to send you to them.” “All right,” Joseph replied.
Ge 37:14 So Israel said to him, “Go to your brothers. See how they are doing. Also see how the flocks are doing. Then come back and tell me.” So he sent him away from the Hebron Valley. Joseph arrived at Shechem.
Ge 37:33 Jacob recognized it. He said, “It’s my son’s robe! A wild animal has eaten him up. Joseph must have been torn to pieces.”
Ge 37:34 Jacob tore his clothes. He put on black clothes. Then he sobbed over his son for many days.
Ge 42:1 Jacob found out that there was grain in Egypt. So he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?”
Ge 42:4 But Jacob didn’t send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with them. He was afraid Benjamin might be harmed.
Ge 42:29 They came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. They told him everything that had happened to them. They said,
Ge 42:36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have taken my children away from me. Joseph is gone. Simeon is gone. Now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is going against me!”
Ge 42:38 But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you. His brother is dead. He’s the only one left here with me. Suppose he’s harmed on the journey you are taking. Then I would die as a sad old man. I would go down into the grave full of sorrow.”
Ge 43:6 Israel asked, “Why did you bring this trouble to me? Why did you tell the man you had another brother?”
Ge 43:8 Judah spoke to Israel his father. “Send the boy along with me,” he said. “We’ll go at once. Then we and you and our children will live and not die.
Ge 43:11 Then their father Israel spoke to them. He said, “If that’s the way it has to be, then do what I tell you. Put some of the best things from our land in your bags. Take them down to the man as a gift. Take some lotion and a little honey. Take some spices and myrrh. Take some pistachio nuts and almonds.
Ge 45:21 So the sons of Israel did it. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded. He also gave them supplies for their journey.
Ge 45:25 So they went up out of Egypt. They came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan.
Ge 45:26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of the whole land of Egypt.” Jacob was shocked. He didn’t believe them.
Ge 45:27 So they told him everything Joseph had said to them. Jacob saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back. That gave new life to their father Jacob.
Ge 45:28 Israel said, “I believe it now! My son Joseph is still alive. I’ll go and see him before I die.”
(Ge 46:1-47:12) - Jacob Goes Down to Egypt
So Israel started out with everything that belonged to him. When he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in a vision at night. “Jacob! Jacob!” he said. “Here I am,” Jacob replied. “I am God. I am the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt. There I will make you into a great nation. I will go down to Egypt with you. You can be sure that I will bring you back again. And when you die, Joseph will close your eyes with his own hand.” Then Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons put their father Jacob and their families in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to carry them. So Jacob and his whole family went to Egypt. They took their livestock with them. And they took everything they had gotten in Canaan. Jacob took his sons and grandsons with him to Egypt. He also took his daughters and granddaughters. He took all of his children and grandchildren with him. Here are the names of Israel’s children and grandchildren who went to Egypt. Jacob and all of his children and grandchildren are included. Reuben was Jacob’s oldest son. The sons of Reuben were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul. Shaul was the son of a woman from Canaan. The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath and Merari. The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah. But Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan. The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron. The sons of Zebulun were Sered, Elon and Jahleel. Those were the sons and grandsons who were born to Jacob and Leah in Paddan Aram. Leah also had a daughter by Jacob. Her name was Dinah. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Leah was 33. The sons of Gad were Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli. The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. The sons of Beriah were Heber and Malkiel. Those were the children and grandchildren who were born to Jacob and Zilpah. Laban had given Zilpah to his daughter Leah. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Zilpah was 16. The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. In Egypt, Asenath had Manasseh and Ephraim by Joseph. Asenath was the daughter of Potiphera. Potiphera was the priest of On. The sons of Benjamin were Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard. Those were the sons and grandsons who were born to Jacob and Rachel. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Rachel was 14. The son of Dan was Hushim. The sons of Naphtali were Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.
Those were the sons and grandsons who were born to Jacob and Bilhah. Laban had given Bilhah to his daughter Rachel. The total number of people in the family line of Jacob and Bilhah was seven. The total number of those who went to Egypt with Jacob was 66. That number includes only his own children and grandchildren. It doesn’t include his sons’ wives or his grandsons’ wives. The total number of the members of Jacob’s family who went to Egypt was 70. That includes the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt.
Ge 46:28 Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph. He sent him to get directions to Goshen. And so they arrived in the area of Goshen. Then Joseph had his servants get his chariot ready. He went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as he came to his father, Joseph threw his arms around him. Then Joseph sobbed for a long time. Israel said to Joseph, “I have seen for myself that you are still alive. Now I’m ready to die.”
Then Joseph spoke to his brothers and to the rest of his father’s family. He said, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh. I’ll say to him, ‘My brothers and the rest of my father’s family have come to me. They were living in the land of Canaan. The men are shepherds. They take care of livestock. They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ “Pharaoh will send for you. He’ll ask, ‘What do you do for a living?’ You should answer, ‘We’ve taken care of livestock from the time we were boys. We’ve done just as our fathers did.’ It’s the practice of the people of Egypt not to mix with shepherds. “So Pharaoh will let you settle in the area of Goshen.” Joseph went to Pharaoh. He told him, “My father and brothers have come from the land of Canaan. They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own. They are now in Goshen.” Joseph had chosen five of his brothers to meet with Pharaoh. Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What do you do for a living?” “We’re shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh. “And that’s what our fathers were.”
They also said to him, “We’ve come to live in Egypt for a while. There isn’t enough food anywhere in Canaan. There isn’t any grass for our flocks. So please let us settle in Goshen.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is open to you. Settle your father and brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. Do any of them have special skills? If they do, put them in charge of my own livestock.” Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in. He brought him in to meet Pharaoh. Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. Then Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?” Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my journey through life are 130. My years have been few and hard. They aren’t as many as the years of my fathers before me.” Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. Then he left him. So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt. He gave them property in the best part of the land, just as Pharaoh had directed him to do. That part was known as the territory of Rameses. Joseph also provided food for his father and brothers. He provided for them and the rest of his father’s family. He gave them enough for all of their children
(Ge 47:27-31) Jacob wish to be burried with his fathers
The people of Israel settled in Egypt in the area of Goshen. They received property there. They had children and greatly increased their numbers. Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt. He lived a total of 147 years. The time came near for Israel to die. So he sent for his son Joseph. He said to him, “If you are pleased with me, put your hand under my thigh. Promise me that you will be kind and faithful to me. Don’t bury me in Egypt. When I join the members of my family who have already died, carry me out of Egypt. Bury me where they are buried.” “I’ll do exactly as you say,” Joseph said. “Promise me with an oath that you will do it,” Jacob said. So Joseph promised him. And Israel worshiped God as he leaned on the top of his wooden staff.
Ge 48:1-22 Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” So Israel became stronger and sat up in bed. Jacob said to Joseph, “The Mighty God appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan. He blessed me there. He said to me, ‘I am going to give you children. I will increase your numbers. I will make you a community of nations. And I will give this land to your children after you. It will belong to them forever.’
“Now then, two sons were born to you in Egypt. It happened before I came to you here. They will be counted as my own sons. Ephraim and Manasseh will belong to me, in the same way that Reuben and Simeon belong to me.
“Any children who are born to you after them will belong to you. Any territory they receive will come from the land that is given to Ephraim and Manasseh.
“As I was returning from Paddan, Rachel died. It made me very sad. She died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way. We weren’t very far away from Ephrath. So I buried her body there beside the road to Ephrath.” Ephrath was also called Bethlehem. Israel saw Joseph’s sons. He asked, “Who are they?”
“They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, “Bring them to me. I want to give them my blessing.”
Israel’s eyes were weak because he was old. He couldn’t see very well. So Joseph brought his sons close to him. His father kissed them and hugged them.
Israel said to Joseph, “I never thought I’d see your face again. But now God has let me see your children too.” Then Joseph took his sons away from Israel’s knees. He bowed down with his face to the ground. Joseph placed Ephraim on his right, toward Israel’s left hand. He placed Manasseh on his left, toward Israel’s right hand. Then he brought them close to Jacob. But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head. He did it even though Ephraim was the younger son. He crossed his arms and put his left hand on Manasseh’s head. He did it even though Manasseh was the older son. Then Israel gave Joseph his blessing. He said, “May God bless these boys. He is the God of my grandfather Abraham and my father Isaac. They walked with him. He is the God who has been my shepherd all of my life to this very day. He is the Angel who has saved me from all harm. May he bless these boys. May they be called by my name. May they also be called by the names of my grandfather Abraham and my father Isaac. And may they greatly increase their numbers on the earth.” Joseph saw his father putting his right hand on Ephraim’s head. And Joseph didn’t like it. So he took hold of his father’s hand to move it over to Manasseh’s head. Joseph said to him, “No, my father. Here’s my older son. Put your right hand on his head.” But his father wouldn’t do it. He said, “I know, my son. I know. He too will become a nation. He too will become great. But his younger brother will be greater than he is. His children after him will become a group of nations.” On that day, Jacob gave them his blessing. He said, “In the land of Israel, people will bless others in your names. They will say, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. Then Israel said to Joseph, “I’m about to die. But God will be with all of you. He’ll take you back to the land of your fathers. But you, Joseph, are over your brothers. So I’m giving you the range of hills I took from the Amorites. I took it with my sword and bow.”
(Ge 49:1-28) Jacob Gives Blessings to His Sons
Then Jacob sent for his sons. He said, “Gather around me so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come. “Sons of Jacob, come together and listen. Listen to your father Israel.
“Reuben, you are my oldest son. You were my first child. You were the first sign of my strength. You were first in honor. You were first in power. But you are as unsteady as water. So you won’t be first anymore. You had sex with your father’s concubine in his bed. You lay on his couch and made it ‘unclean.’
“Simeon and Levi are brothers. Their swords have killed a lot of people. I won’t share in their plans. I won’t have anything to do with them. They became angry and killed people. They cut the legs of oxen just for the fun of it. May Jehovah (The LORD) put a curse on them because of their terrible anger. I will scatter them in Jacob’s land. I will spread them around in Israel.
“Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your enemies will be brought under your control. Your father’s sons will bow down to you. Judah, you are like a lion’s cub. You return from hunting, my son. Like a lion, you lie down and sleep. You are like a mother lion. Who dares to wake you up? The right to rule will not leave Judah. The ruler’s rod will not be taken from between his feet. It will be his until the king it belongs to comes. It will be his until the nations obey him. He will tie his donkey to a vine. He will tie his colt to the very best branch. He will wash his clothes in wine. He will wash his robes in the red juice of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine. His teeth will be whiter than milk.
“Zebulun will live by the seashore. He will become a safe harbor for ships. His border will go out toward Sidon.
“Issachar is like a donkey lying down between two saddlebags. He sees how good his resting place is. He sees that his land is pleasant. So he’ll carry a heavy load on his back. He will obey when he’s forced to work.
“Dan will do what is fair for his people. He will do it as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan will be a serpent by the side of the road. He will be a poisonous snake along the path. It bites the horse’s heels so that the rider falls off backward.
“LORD, I look to you to save me.
“Gad will be attacked by a group of robbers. But he’ll attack them as they run away.
“Asher’s food will be rich and sweet. He will provide food that even a king would enjoy.
“Naphtali is a female deer that is set free and gives birth to beautiful fawns.
“Joseph is a vine that grows a lot of fruit. It grows close by a spring. Its branches climb over a wall. Mean people shot arrows at him. They shot at him because they were angry.
But his bow remained steady. His strong arms moved freely. The hand of the Mighty One of Jacob was with him. The Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, stood by him. Your father’s God helps you. The Mighty One blesses you. He gives you blessings from the highest heavens. He gives you blessings from the deepest oceans. He blesses you with children and with a mother’s milk. Your father’s blessings are great. They are greater than the blessings from the age-old mountains. They are greater than the gifts from the ancient hills. Let all of those blessings rest on the head of Joseph. Let them rest on the head of the one who is prince among his brothers.
“Benjamin is a hungry wolf. In the morning he eats what he has killed. In the evening he shares what he has stolen.”
All of those are the 12 tribes of Israel. That’s what their father said to them when he blessed them. He gave each one the blessing that was just right for him.
(Ge 49:29 - Ge 50:14) Jacob Dies
Then Jacob gave directions to his sons. He said, “I’m about to join the members of my family who have already died. Bury me with them in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite. “The cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre in Canaan. Abraham had bought it as a place where he could bury his wife’s body. He had bought the cave from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field. “The bodies of Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried there. So were the bodies of Isaac and his wife Rebekah. I also buried Leah’s body there. Abraham bought the field and the cave from the Hittites.” When Jacob had finished telling his sons what to do, he pulled his feet up into his bed. Then he took his last breath and joined the members of his family who had already died.
Joseph threw himself on his father’s body. He sobbed over him and kissed him. Then Joseph talked to the doctors who served him. He told them to prepare the body of his father Israel to be buried. So the doctors prepared it. They took 40 days to do it. They needed that much time to prepare a body in the right way. The Egyptians sobbed over Jacob for 70 days. After the days of sorrow had passed, Joseph went to Pharaoh’s officials. He said to them, “If you are pleased with me, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, ‘My father made me take an oath and make a promise to him. He said, “I’m about to die. Bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” So let me go up and bury my father. Then I’ll come back.’” Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father. Do what he made you promise to do.” So Joseph went up to bury his father. All of Pharaoh’s officials went with him. They were the important people of his court and all of the leaders of Egypt.
All of Joseph’s family also went. His brothers and all of the rest of his father’s family went too. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large group. They came to the threshing floor of Atad. It was near the Jordan River. There they sobbed loudly and bitterly. Joseph set apart seven days of sadness to honor his father’s memory. The people of Canaan who were living there saw how sad all of them were at the threshing floor of Atad. They said, “The Egyptians are having a very special service for the dead.” That’s why that place near the Jordan River is called Abel of the Egyptians. So Jacob’s sons did exactly as he had commanded them. They carried his body to the land of Canaan. They buried it in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre. Abraham had bought the cave as a place where he could bury his wife’s body. He had bought it from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field. After Joseph buried his father, he went back to Egypt. His brothers and all of the others who had gone to help him bury his father went back with him.
(Ex 1:1-22) - The People of Israel Are Slaves in Egypt
Here are the names of Israel’s children who went to Egypt with Jacob. Each one went with his family. Jacob’s sons were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
The total number of Jacob’s children and grandchildren was 70.
Joseph was already in Egypt. Joseph and all of his brothers died. So did all of their children.
The people of Israel had many children. They greatly increased their numbers. There were so many of them that they filled the land. Then a new king came to power in Egypt. He didn’t know anything about Joseph. Look,” he said to his people. “The Israelites are far too many for us. Come. We must deal with them carefully. If we don’t, they will increase their numbers even more. Then if war breaks out, they’ll join our enemies. They’ll fight against us and leave the country.” So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers beat them down and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there. But the more the slave drivers beat them down, the more the Israelites increased their numbers and spread out. So the Egyptians became afraid of them. They made them work hard. They didn’t show them any pity. They made them suffer with hard labor. They forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn’t show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard. There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped other women who were having babies. The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said, You are the ones who help the other Hebrew women. Watch them when they get into a sitting position to have their babies. Kill the boys. Let the girls live.” But Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. They didn’t do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt sent for the women. He asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The women answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt. They are strong. They have their babies before we get there.” So God was kind to Shiphrah and Puah. And the people of Israel increased their numbers more and more. Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. So he gave them families of their own. Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, “You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live.”
Ex 2:24 God heard their groans. He remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Ex 3:6 He continued, “I am the God of your father. I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard that, he turned his face away. He was afraid to look at God.
Ex 3:15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Jehovah (The LORD) is the God of your fathers. He has sent me to you. He is the God of Abraham. He is the God of Isaac. And he is the God of Jacob.’ My name will always be Jehovah (The LORD). Remember me by that name for all time to come.
Ex 3:16 “Go. Gather the elders of Israel together. Say to them, ‘Jehovah (The LORD), the God of your fathers, appeared to me. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. “‘He said, “I have watched over you. I have seen what the Egyptians have done to you.
Ex 4:5 Jehovah (The LORD) said, “When they see this miraculous sign, they will believe that I appeared to you. I am the God of their fathers. I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.”
Ex 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the Mighty God. But I did not show them the full meaning of my name, Jehovah (The LORD).
Ex 6:8 “‘I will bring you to the land I promised with an oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I lifted up my hand and promised it to them. The land will belong to you. I am Jehovah (The LORD).’”
Ex 33:1 Then Jehovah (The LORD) spoke to Moses. He said, “Leave this place. You and the people you brought up out of Egypt must leave it. Go up to the land I promised with an oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I said to them, ‘I will give it to your children after you.’
Lev 26:42 Then I will remember my covenant with Jacob. I will remember my covenant with Isaac. I will remember my covenant with Abraham. I will remember what I said to them about the land.
Nu 23:21 “I don’t see any trouble coming on the people of Jacob. I don’t see any suffering in Israel. Jehovah (The LORD) their God is with them. The shout of the King is among them.
Nu 23:23 There isn’t any magic that can hurt the people of Jacob. No one can use magic words to harm Israel. Here is what will be said about the people of Jacob. Here is what will be said about Israel. People will say, ‘See what God has done!’
Nu 24:5 “People of Jacob, your tents are very beautiful. Israel, the places where you live are very beautiful.
Nu 24:17 “I see him, but I don’t see him now. I view him, but he isn’t near. A star will come from among the people of Jacob. A king will rise up out of Israel. He’ll crush the foreheads of the people of Moab. He’ll crush the skulls of all of the sons of Sheth.
Nu 24:19 A ruler will come from among the people of Jacob. He’ll destroy those from the city who are still alive.”
Nu 32:11 ‘Not one of the men who is 20 years old or more who came up out of Egypt will see the land. They have not followed me with their whole heart. I took an oath and promised to give the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Dt 1:8 “I have given you all of that land. Go in and take it as your own. I took an oath. I promised I would give the land to your fathers. I promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I also said I would give it to their children after them.”
Dt 6:10 Jehovah (The LORD) your God will bring you into the land of Canaan. He took an oath. He promised he would give the land to your fathers. He promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The land has large, wealthy cities you didn’t build.
Dt 9:5 You are not going in to take over their land because you have done what is right or honest. It’s because those nations are so evil. That’s why Jehovah (The LORD) your God will drive them out ahead of you. He will do what he said he would do. He took an oath and made a promise to your fathers. He made it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Dt 9:27 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Forgive the people of Israel for being so stubborn. Don’t judge them for the evil and sinful things they’ve done.
Dt 10:11 “Go,” Jehovah (The LORD) said to me. “Lead the people on their way. Then they can enter the land and take it over. I have taken an oath. I promised I would give the land to their fathers. I promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Dt 11:9 You will live in the land for a long time. It’s the land Jehovah (The LORD) promised to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children after them. He took an oath when he made that promise. It’s a land that has plenty of milk and honey.
Dt 11:21 Then you and your children will live for a long time in the land. Jehovah (The LORD) took an oath and promised to give the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Your family line will continue as long as the heavens remain above the earth.
Dt 26:5 Then you will speak while Jehovah (The LORD) is listening. You will say, “My father Jacob was a wanderer from the land of Aram. He went down into Egypt with a few people. He lived there and became the father of a great nation. It had huge numbers of people.
Dt 29:13 Today he wants to show you that you are his people and that he is your God. That’s what he promised with an oath to your fathers. He promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Dt 30:20 And you will love Jehovah (The LORD) your God. You will obey him. You will remain true to him. Jehovah (The LORD) is your very life. He will give you many years in the land. He took an oath. He promised to give that land to your fathers. He promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Dt 32:9 Jehovah (The LORD)’s people are his share. Jacob is the nation he has received.
Dt 33:4 They learn the law I gave them. It belongs to the community of the people of Jacob.
Dt 33:10 He teaches your rules to the people of Jacob. He teaches your law to Israel. He offers incense to you. He sacrifices whole burnt offerings on your altar.
Dt 34:4 Then Jehovah (The LORD) spoke to Moses. He said, “This is the land I promised with an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I told them, ‘I will give this land to your children and their children.’ Moses, I have let you see it with your own eyes. But you will not go across the Jordan River to enter it.”
Jos 21:43 So Jehovah (The LORD) gave Israel all of the land he had promised with an oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And Israel took it over. Then they settled down there.
Jos 24:4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave the hill country of Seir to Esau. But Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.
Jos 24:32 The people of Israel had brought Joseph’s bones up from Egypt. They buried his bones at Shechem in the piece of land Jacob had bought. He had bought it from the sons of Hamor. He had paid 100 pieces of silver for it. Hamor was the father of Shechem. That piece of land became the share that belonged to Joseph’s children after him.
Jdg 2:1 The angel of Jehovah (The LORD) went up from Gilgal to Bokim. There he spoke to the people of Israel. “I brought you up out of Egypt,” he said. “I led you into this land. It is the land I promised with an oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I said, ‘I will never break the covenant I made with you.
2Sa 23:1 Here are David’s last words. He said, “I am David, the son of Jesse. God has given me a message. The Most High God has greatly honored me. The God of Jacob anointed me as king. I am Israel’s singer of songs.
1Ki 18:31 Elijah got 12 stones. There was one for each tribe in the family line of Jacob. Jehovah (The LORD)’s message had come to Jacob. It had said, “Your name will be Israel.”
2Ki 13:23 But Jehovah (The LORD) showed his favor to Israel. He was tender and kind to them. He showed concern for them. He did all of those things because of the covenant he had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this very day he hasn’t been willing to destroy them. And he hasn’t driven them out of his land.
2Ki 17:34 They are still stubborn. They continue in their old practices to this very day. And now they don’t even worship Jehovah (The LORD). They don’t follow his directions and rules. They don’t obey his laws and commands. Jehovah (The LORD) had given all of those laws to the family of Jacob. He gave the name Israel to Jacob.
1Ch 16:13 Remember what he has done, you children of his servant Israel. Remember it, you people of Jacob. You are God’s chosen ones.
1Ch 16:17 He made it stand as a law for Jacob. He made it stand as a covenant for Israel. It will last forever.
Ps 14:7 How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion! Then Jehovah (The LORD) will bless his people with great success again. So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!
A psalm of David.
Ps 20:1 May Jehovah (The LORD) answer you when you are in trouble. May the God of Jacob keep you safe.
Ps 22:23 You who have respect for Jehovah (The LORD), praise him! All you people of Jacob, honor him! All you people of Israel, worship him!
Ps 24:6 The people who look to God are like that. God of Jacob, they look to you. Selah
Ps 44:4 You are my King and my God. You give success to the people of Jacob.
Ps 46:7 Jehovah (The LORD) who rules over all is with us. The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. Selah
Ps 46:11 Jehovah (The LORD) who rules over all is with us. The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. Selah
For the director of music. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.
Ps 47:4 He chose our land for us. The people of Jacob are proud of their land, and God loves them. Selah
Ps 53:6 How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion! God will bless his people with great success again. So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!
For the director of music. To be played on stringed instruments. A maskil of David when the men from Ziph had gone to Saul. They had said, “Isn’t David hiding among us?”
Ps 59:13 Burn them up in your anger. Burn them up until there isn’t anything left of them. Then everyone from one end of the earth to the other will know that God rules over the people of Jacob. Selah
Ps 75:9 I will speak about this forever. I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.
Ps 76:6 God of Jacob, at your command both horse and chariot lie still.
Ps 77:15 With your mighty arm you set your people free. You set the children of Jacob and Joseph free. Selah
Ps 78:5 He gave laws to the people of Jacob. He gave Israel their law. He commanded our people who lived before us to teach his laws to their children.
Ps 78:21 When Jehovah (The LORD) heard what they said, he was very angry. His anger broke out like fire against the people of Jacob. He became very angry with Israel.
Ps 78:71 He brought him from tending sheep to be the shepherd of his people Jacob. He made him the shepherd of Israel, his special people.
Ps 79:7 They have swallowed up the people of Jacob. They have destroyed Israel’s homeland.
Ps 81:1 Sing joyfully to God! He gives us strength. Give a loud shout to the God of Jacob!
Ps 81:4 This is an order given to Israel. It is a law of the God of Jacob.
Ps 84:8 LORD God who rules over all, hear my prayer. God of the people of Jacob, listen to me. Selah
Ps 85:1 LORD, you showed favor to your land. You blessed the people of Jacob with great success again.
Ps 87:2 He loves the city of Zion more than all of the other places where the people of Jacob live.
Ps 94:7 They say, “Jehovah (The LORD) doesn’t see what’s happening. The God of Jacob doesn’t pay any attention to it.”
Ps 99:4 The King is mighty. He loves what is fair. He has set up the rules for fairness. He has done what is right and fair for the people of Jacob.
Ps 105:6 Remember what he has done, you children of his servant Abraham. Remember it, you people of Jacob, God’s chosen ones.
Ps 105:10 He made it stand as a law for Jacob. He made it stand as a covenant for Israel. It will last forever.
Ps 114:1 The people of Israel came out of Egypt. The people of Jacob left a land where a different language was spoken.
Ps 114:7 Earth, tremble with fear when the Lord comes. Tremble when the God of Jacob is near.
Ps 132:2 LORD, he took an oath. Mighty One of Jacob, he made a promise to you.
Ps 132:5 until I find a place for Jehovah (The LORD). I want to build a house for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Ps 135:4 Jehovah (The LORD) has chosen the people of Jacob to be his own. He has chosen Israel to be his special treasure.
Ps 146:5 Blessed are those who depend on the God of Jacob for help. Blessed are those who put their hope in Jehovah (The LORD) their God.
Ps 147:19 He has made his word known to the people of Jacob. He has made his laws and rules known to Israel.
Isa 2:5 People of Jacob, come. Let us live the way Jehovah (The LORD) has taught us to.
Isa 2:6 LORD, you have deserted the people of Jacob. They are your people. The land is full of false beliefs from the east. The people practice evil magic, just as the Philistines do. They make ungodly people their friends.
Isa 10:21 The people of Jacob who are still alive will return to the Mighty God.
Isa 14:1 Jehovah (The LORD) will show tender love toward Jacob’s people. Once again he will choose Israel. He’ll settle them in their own land. Outsiders will join them. They and the people of Jacob will become one people.
Isa 27:9 The people of Jacob will have to pay for their sin. That must happen in order for their sin to be taken away. They will make all of the altar stones like chalk. They will crush them to pieces. No poles that had been used to worship the goddess Asherah will be left standing. No incense altars will be left either.
Isa 27:11 When their twigs are dry, they will be broken off. Then women will come and make fires with them. The people of Jacob don’t understand Jehovah (The LORD). So the One who made them won’t be concerned about them. Their Creator won’t show them his favor.
Isa 29:23 You will see your children living among you. I myself will give you those children. Then you will honor my name. You will recognize how holy I am. I am the Holy One of Jacob. You will have great respect for me. I am the God of Israel.
Isa 40:27 Family of Jacob, why do you say, “Jehovah (The LORD) doesn’t notice our condition”? People of Israel, why do you say, “Our God doesn’t pay any attention to our rightful claims”?
Isa 41:8 Jehovah (The LORD) says, “People of Israel, you are my servants. Family of Jacob, I have chosen you. You are the children of my friend Abraham.
Isa 41:14 Family of Jacob, you are as weak as a worm. But do not be afraid. People of Israel, there are only a few of you. But do not be afraid. I myself will help you,” announces Jehovah (The LORD). He is the one who sets his people free. He is the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 42:23 Family of Jacob, who among you will listen to what I’m saying? People of Israel, which one of you will pay close attention in days to come?
Isa 43:1 Family of Jacob, Jehovah (The LORD) created you. People of Israel, he formed you. He says, “Do not be afraid. I will set you free. I will send for you by name. You belong to me.
Isa 43:22 “Family of Jacob, you have not prayed to me as you should. People of Israel, you have not even begun to get tired while doing it.
Isa 43:27 Your father Jacob sinned. Your priests and prophets refused to obey me.
Isa 44:1 “Family of Jacob, listen to me. You are my servants. People of Israel, I have chosen you.
Isa 44:2 I made you. I formed you when you were born as a nation. I will help you. So listen to what I am saying. Family of Jacob, do not be afraid. You are my servants. People of Israel, I have chosen you.
Isa 44:21 Jehovah (The LORD) says, “Family of Jacob, remember those things. People of Israel, you are my servants. I have made you. You are my servants. Israel, I will not forget you.
Isa 44:23 Sing with joy, you heavens! Jehovah (The LORD) does wonderful things. Shout out loud, you earth! Burst into song, you mountains! Sing, you forests and all of your trees! Jehovah (The LORD) sets the family of Jacob free. He shows his glory in Israel.
Isa 45:4 Cyrus, I am sending for you by name. I am doing it for the good of the family of Jacob. They are my servants. I am doing it for Israel. They are my chosen people. You do not know anything about me. But I am giving you a title of honor.
Isa 46:3 Jehovah (The LORD) says, “Family of Jacob, listen to me. Pay attention, you people of Israel who are left alive. I have taken good care of you since your life began. I have carried you since you were born as a nation.
Isa 48:1 People of Jacob, listen to me. You are called by the name of Israel. You come from the family line of Judah. You take oaths in the name of Jehovah (The LORD). You pray to Israel’s God. But you aren’t honest. You don’t mean what you say.
Isa 48:12 “Family of Jacob, listen to me. People of Israel, pay attention. I have chosen you. I am the First and the Last. I am Jehovah (The LORD).
Isa 49:5 Jehovah (The LORD) formed me in my mother’s body to be his servant. He wanted me to bring the family of Jacob back to him. He wanted me to gather the people of Israel to himself. Jehovah (The LORD) will honor me. My God will give me strength.
Isa 49:6 Jehovah (The LORD) says to me, “It is not enough for you as my servant to bring the tribes of Jacob back to their land. It is not enough for you to bring back the people of Israel I have kept alive. I will also make you a light for other nations. Then you will make it possible for the whole world to be saved.”
Isa 49:26 I will make those who beat you down eat the flesh of others. They will drink blood and get drunk on it as if it were wine. Then everyone on earth will know that I am the one who saves you. I am Jehovah (The LORD). I set you free. I am the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Isa 58:1 Jehovah (The LORD) told me, “Shout out loud. Do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Tell my people that they have refused to obey me. Tell the family of Jacob how much they have sinned.
Isa 58:14 Then you will find your joy in me. I will give you control over the most important places in the land. And you will enjoy all of the good things in the land I gave your father Jacob.” Jehovah (The LORD) has spoken.
Isa 60:16 You will get everything you need from kings and nations. You will be like children who are nursing at their mother’s breasts. Then you will know that I am the one who saves you. I am Jehovah (The LORD). I set you free. I am the Mighty One of Jacob.
Isa 63:16 You are our Father. Abraham might not accept us as his children. Jacob might not recognize us as his family. But you are our Father, LORD. Your name is The One Who Always Sets Us Free.
Isa 65:9 I will give children to the families of Jacob and Judah. They will possess my entire land. My chosen people will be given all of it. Those who serve me will live there.
Jer 2:4 People of Jacob, hear Jehovah (The LORD)’s message. Listen, all you tribes of Israel.
Jer 5:20 “Here is what I want you to announce to the people of Jacob. Tell it in Judah. Tell them I say,
Jer 10:16 The God of Jacob is not like them. He gives his people everything they need. He made everything that exists. And that includes Israel. It’s the nation that belongs to him. His name is Jehovah (The LORD) Who Rules Over All.
Jer 10:25 Pour out your burning anger on the nations. They don’t pay any attention to you. They refuse to worship you. They have destroyed the people of Jacob. They’ve wiped them out completely. They’ve also destroyed the land they lived in.
Jer 30:7 How awful that day will be! No other day will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for the people of Jacob. But they will be saved out of it.
Jer 30:10 “‘People of Jacob, do not be afraid. You are my servant. Israel, do not be terrified,’” announces Jehovah (The LORD). “‘You can be sure that I will save you. I will bring you out of a place far away. I will bring your children back from the land where they were taken. Your people will have peace and security again. And no one will make them afraid.
Jer 31:7 Jehovah (The LORD) says, “Sing with joy because the people of Jacob are blessed. Shout because Jehovah (The LORD) has made them the greatest nation. Make your praises heard. Say, ‘LORD, save your people. Save the people who are left alive in Israel.’
Jer 31:11 I will set the people of Jacob free. I will save them from those who are stronger than they are.
Jer 33:26 Only then would I turn my back on the children of Jacob and my servant David. Only then would I not choose one of David’s sons to rule over the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But I will bless my people with great success again. I will love them with tender love.’”
Jer 46:27 “People of Jacob, do not be afraid. You are my servant. Israel, do not be terrified. I will bring you safely out of a place far away. I will bring your children back from the land where they were taken. Your people will have peace and security again. And no one will make them afraid.
Jer 46:28 People of Jacob, do not be afraid. You are my servant. I am with you,” announces Jehovah (The LORD). “I will completely destroy all of the nations among which I scatter you. But I will not completely destroy you. I will correct you. But I will be fair. I will punish you in a way that is fair and right.”
Jer 51:19 I am not like them. I am the God of Jacob. I give my people everything they need. I can do it because I made everything, including Israel. It is the nation that belongs to me. My name is Jehovah (The LORD) Who Rules Over All.
Eze 28:25 Jehovah (The LORD) and King says, “I will gather the people of Israel together from the nations where they have been scattered. I will show that I am holy among them. I will let the nations see it. Then Israel will live in their own land. I gave it to my servant Jacob.
Eze 37:25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob. That is where your people lived long ago. They, their children, their children’s children, and their children after them will live there forever. And my servant from David’s line will be their prince forever.
Eze 39:25 Jehovah (The LORD) and King says, “I will now bring the people of Jacob back home again. I will show my tender love for all of the people of Israel. I will make sure that my name is kept holy.
Hos 10:11 Ephraim, you were like a well-trained young cow. It loved to thresh grain. I spared its pretty neck from pulling heavy loads. But now I will make you do hard work. Judah also must plow. So all of the people of Jacob must break up the ground.
Hos 12:3 Even before Jacob was born, he was holding on to his brother’s heel. When he became a man, he struggled with God.
Hos 12:6 People of Jacob, you must return to your God. You must hold on to love and do what is fair. You must trust in your God always.
Hos 12:12 Jacob ran away to the country of Aram. There Israel served Laban to get a wife. He took care of sheep to pay for her.
Am 3:13 “Listen to me,” announces Jehovah (The LORD). “Witness against the people of Jacob,” says Jehovah (The LORD) God who rules over all.
Am 8:7 People of Jacob, you are proud that Jehovah (The LORD) is your God. But he has taken an oath in his own name. He says, “I will never forget anything Israel has done.
Am 9:8 “I am Jehovah (The LORD) and King. My eyes are watching the sinful kingdom of Israel. I will wipe it off the face of the earth. But I will not totally destroy the people of Jacob,” announces Jehovah (The LORD).
Ob 1:10 You did harmful things to your brothers, the people of Jacob. So you will be covered with shame. You will be destroyed forever.
Ob 1:17 But on Mount Zion some of my people will be left alive. I will save them. Zion will be my holy mountain once again. And the people of Jacob will again receive the land as their own.
Mic 1:5 All of that will happen because Jacob’s people have done what is wrong. The people of Israel have committed many sins. Who is to blame for the wrong things Jacob has done? Samaria! Who is to blame for the high places where Judah’s people worship other gods? Jerusalem!
Mic 2:7 People of Jacob, should others say, “Jehovah (The LORD) isn’t angry with us. He doesn’t do things like that”? Jehovah (The LORD) replies, “What I promise brings good things to those who lead honest lives.
Mic 2:12 “People of Jacob, I will gather all of you. I will bring together you who are still left alive in Israel. I will gather you together like sheep in a pen. You will be like a flock in its grasslands. Your country will be filled with people.
Mal 1:2 “Israel, I have loved you,” says Jehovah (The LORD). “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother?” says Jehovah (The LORD). “But I chose Jacob
Mt 1:2 Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.
Mt 8:11 “I say to you that many will come from the east and the west. They will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of heaven. They will sit with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Mt 22:32 He said, ‘I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6) He is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living.”
Mk 12:26 “What about the dead rising? Haven’t you read in the scroll of Moses the story of the bush? God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6)
Lk 3:34 Judah was the son of Jacob. Jacob was the son of Isaac. Isaac was the son of Abraham. Abraham was the son of Terah. Terah was the son of Nahor.
Lk 13:28 “You will sob and grind your teeth when you see those who are in God’s kingdom. You will see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets there. But you yourselves will be thrown out.
Lk 20:37 “Remember the story of Moses and the bush. Even Moses showed that the dead rise. The Lord said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6)
Jn 4:5 He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar. It was near the piece of land Jacob had given his son Joseph.
Jn 4:12 “Our father Jacob gave us the well. He drank from it himself. So did his sons and his flocks and herds. Are you more important than he is?”
Ac 3:13 The God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has done this. He has brought glory to Jesus, who serves him. But you handed Jesus over to be killed. Pilate had decided to let him go. But you spoke against Jesus when he was in Pilate’s court.
Ac 7:8 “Then God made a covenant with Abraham. God told him that circumcision would show who the members of the covenant were. Abraham became Isaac’s father. He circumcised Isaac eight days after he was born. Later, Isaac became Jacob’s father. Jacob had 12 sons. They became the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Ac 7:11 “There was not enough food for all Egypt and Canaan. This brought great suffering. Jacob and his sons couldn’t find food.
Ac 7:12 But Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt. So he sent his sons on their first visit.
Ac 7:14 “After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family. The total number of people was 75.
Ac 7:15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt. There he and his family died.
Ac 7:32 ‘I am the God of your fathers,’ the Lord said. ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6) Moses shook with fear. He didn’t dare to look.
Ac 7:46 David was blessed by God. So David asked if he could build a house for the God of Jacob.
Ro 9:13 It is written, “I chose Jacob instead of Esau.” (Malachi 1:2, 3)
Ro 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved. It is written, “The One who saves will come from Mount Zion. He will remove sin from Jacob.
Heb 11:9 Because of his faith he made his home in the land God had promised him. He was like an outsider in a strange country. He lived there in tents. So did Isaac and Jacob. They received the same promise he did.
Heb 11:20 Isaac had faith. So he blessed Jacob and Esau. He told them what was ahead for them.
Heb 11:21 Jacob had faith. So he blessed each of Joseph’s sons. He blessed them when he was dying. Because of his faith he worshiped God as he leaned on the top of his wooden