Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Mosebog 28:1-22

1Isak kaldte nu Jakob til sig og sendte ham af sted med følgende besked: „Du må ikke gifte dig med en kana’anæisk pige. 2Rejs straks til Paddan-Aram—til din morfar Betuels familie—og find dig en kone blandt dine kusiner, din onkel Labans døtre. 3Må den almægtige Gud velsigne dig og give dig mange børn, så du må blive stamfar til en stor slægt. 4Må den velsignelse, han lovede Abraham, følge dig og dine efterkommere, så det land her, hvor vi endnu bor som fremmede, må blive dit—for Gud lovede at give det til Abrahams slægt!”

5Jakob begyndte så den lange rejse til Paddan-Aram for at komme i sikkerhed hos sin morbror, Laban, aramæeren Betuels søn.

6-7Esau fik at vide, at hans far havde velsignet Jakob og sendt ham af sted til Paddan-Aram for at finde sig en kone der, og at han havde befalet ham ikke at gifte sig med en pige fra Kana’an. 8Han forstod da, at hans forældre ikke brød sig om de kana’anæiske kvinder. 9Derfor rejste han til sin onkel Ishmaels familie, og tog Ishmaels datter Mahalat28,9 Teksten tilføjer: „søster til Nebajot”. til kone ved siden af dem, han havde i forvejen.

Jakobs drøm i Betel

10Jakob forlod altså Be’ersheba og satte kursen mod byen Karan i Paddan-Aram. 11Ved solnedgang fandt han et sted, hvor han kunne overnatte. Han brugte en sten som hovedpude og lagde sig til at sove. 12Han drømte, at han så en trappe, der nåede fra jorden op til Himlen, og Guds engle gik op og ned ad trappen. 13Oven for trappen stod Herren. „Jeg er Herren,” sagde han. „Din bedstefar Abrahams og din far Isaks Gud! Den jord, du ligger på, tilhører dig. Jeg vil give det her land til dig og dine efterkommere. 14De skal blive talrige som sandkornene på jorden, og de skal brede sig i alle retninger—mod øst og vest og nord og syd. Og gennem dig og en af dine efterkommere skal alle jordens folk blive velsignet. 15Jeg vil være med dig og beskytte dig, hvor du end går, og til sin tid vil jeg føre dig sikkert tilbage til dette land. Jeg vil hjælpe dig og opfylde alt det, jeg har lovet dig.”

16-17Så vågnede Jakob og udbrød forfærdet: „Herren er på dette sted—og jeg vidste det ikke. Det her er bestemt et meget specielt sted. Det er intet mindre end Guds hus og indgangen til Himlen!”

18Da han stod op tidligt næste morgen, tog han den sten, han havde brugt til hovedpude, og rejste den på højkant som en mindesten. Derpå hældte han olivenolie ud over den for at indvi stedet til Gud, 19og han kaldte stedet Betel.28,19 Det betyder: „Guds hus”. Det var i nærheden af den landsby, som i gamle dage hed Luz.

20-21Jakob aflagde nu følgende løfte: „Hvis Herren vil være med mig, beskytte mig på rejsen, sørge for mad og klæder og bringe mig sikkert hjem til min far—så skal Herren være min Gud! 22Og den mindesten, som jeg har rejst her, skal være et sted, hvor man tilbeder Gud. Jeg vil også give Gud en tiendedel af alt, hvad han giver mig.”

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 28:1-22

1So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him, “Don’t get married to a Canaanite woman. 2Go 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. 3May the Mighty God bless you. May he give you children. May he make your family larger until you become a community of nations. 4May 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.” 5Isaac sent Jacob on his way. Jacob went to Paddan Aram. He went to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean. Laban was Rebekah’s brother. And Rebekah was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

6Esau 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.” 7Esau also learned that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 8Then Esau realized how much his father Isaac disliked Canaanite women. 9So 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.

Jacob Has a Dream at Bethel

10Jacob left Beersheba and started out for Harran. 11He 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. 12In 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. 13The Lord stood beside 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 you are lying on. 14They 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. 15I 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.”

16Jacob woke up from his sleep. Then he thought, “The Lord is surely in this place. And I didn’t even know it.” 17Jacob was afraid. He said, “How holy this place is! This must be the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.”

18Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head. He set it up as a sacred stone. And he poured olive oil on top of it. 19He named that place Bethel. But the city used to be called Luz.

20Then 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. 21May he do as he has promised so that I can return safely to my father’s home. Then you, Lord, will be my God. 22This stone I’ve set up as a sacred stone will be God’s house. And I’ll give you a tenth of everything you give me.”