Yakob Sane Kɔ Bet-El
1Afei, Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Yakob sɛ, “Kɔ Bet-El kɔtena hɔ. Sɛ woduru hɔ a, si afɔrebukyia ma me. Me na meyii me ho adi kyerɛɛ wo ɛberɛ a na woredwane afiri wo nua Esau nkyɛn no.”
2Enti, Yakob ka kyerɛɛ ne fiefoɔ ne wɔn a wɔka ne ho nyinaa sɛ, “Monsɛe mo anyame a mode wɔn firi amanɔne baeɛ no nyinaa. Monwira mo ho, na monsesa mo ntadeɛ nso.” 3Ɔtoaa so sɛ, “Yɛrebɛtu ɛkwan akɔ Bet-El. Na sɛ yɛduru hɔ a, yɛbɛsi afɔrebukyia ama Onyankopɔn a ɔtiee me mpaeɛbɔ wɔ mʼamanehunu mu, na ɔkaa me ho wɔ mʼakwantuo mu no.” 4Enti, wɔn nyinaa de wɔn ahoni ne nsonkawa maa Yakob. Yakob tuu fam wɔ odum bi ase wɔ Sekem, de ne nyinaa hyɛɛ hɔ. 5Afei, wɔsiim. Wɔrekɔ no, Onyankopɔn bɔɔ nkuro a wɔfaa so no nyinaa mu nnipa no hu a, ɛno enti obiara antumi anti wɔn.
6Yakob ne ne nkurɔfoɔ a wɔka ne ho no bɛduruu Lus a ɛno ara ne Bet-El a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so no. 7Ɔsii afɔrebukyia wɔ hɔ, too hɔ edin El-Bet-El, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛhɔ na ɛberɛ a ɔredwane afiri ne nua Esau nkyɛn no, Onyankopɔn yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no.
8Yei akyiri no, Debora a ɔyɛ Rebeka bagyegyefoɔ no wuiɛ, ma wɔsiee no wɔ odum bi a ɛwɔ Bet-El bɔn mu no ase. Ɛfiri saa ɛberɛ no, wɔtoo beaeɛ hɔ edin Alon-Bakut, a asekyerɛ ne Agyaadwotwa Dum.
9Yakob firi Paddan-Aram bɛduruu Bet-El no, Onyankopɔn sane yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no, hyiraa no. 10Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ɛwom sɛ wɔfrɛ wo Yakob deɛ, nanso ɛfiri ɛnnɛ, wɔremfrɛ wo Yakob bio, na mmom, wɔbɛfrɛ wo Israel a asekyerɛ ne Onipa a ɔne Onyankopɔn adi asie. Enti Onyankopɔn too ne din sɛ, Israel.”
11Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Yakob sɛ, “Mene Onyankopɔn tumfoɔ no. Wʼase nnɔre, na wʼase mfɛe. Ɔman ne aman asafo bɛfiri wo mu aba. Saa ara na ahemfo nso bɛfiri wo mu aba. 12Mede asase a mede maa Abraham ne Isak no bɛma wo. Aane, mede saa asase korɔ yi ara bɛma wʼasefoɔ.” 13Yei akyiri no, Onyankopɔn firii beaeɛ a na ɔne Yakob rekasa hɔ no kɔɔ ɔsoro.
14Afei, Yakob sii ɔbodum wɔ hɔ, hwiee afɔresa guu so, de bɔɔ Onyankopɔn afɔdeɛ. Ɔsane de afɔrengo sraa odum no ho. 15Yakob too beaeɛ a Onyankopɔn ne no kasaeɛ no Bet-El, a asekyerɛ ne Onyankopɔn fie.
Benyamin Awoɔ Ne Rahel Wuo
16Yakob ne ne fiefoɔ siim firii Bet-El, de wɔn ani kyerɛɛ Efrat. Wɔrekɔ no, awoɔ kaa Rahel wɔ akwantemfi. 17Ɛberɛ a ɔreko awoɔ no, ɔbaa ɔwogyefoɔ no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Nsuro na worebɛwo ɔbabarima bio.” 18Nanso, Rahel koo awoɔ tɔeɛ. Na ɛberɛ a ne kra refiri ne mu na ɔreyɛ awuo no, ɔtoo ne babarima a wawo no no edin Ben-Oni, a asekyerɛ ne Mʼawerɛhoɔ Mu Ba. “Nanso, nʼagya sane too no edin Benyamin, a asekyerɛ ne Me dɔba.”
19Rahel wuiɛ, ma wɔsiee no wɔ Efrat a ɛno ara ne Betlehem no akwantemfi. 20Yakob yɛɛ nkaeɛdum sii Rahel ɛda no so a ɛda so wɔ hɔ bɛsi ɛnnɛ.
21Israel toaa nʼakwantuo no so, kɔsii ne ntomadan wɔ Edir abantenten no akyiri nohoa baabi. 22Ɛberɛ a Israel te saa asase no so no, ɔtee sɛ ne ba panin Ruben ne Bilha a ɔyɛ nʼagya afenaa a waware no no akɔda.
Na Yakob wɔ mmammarima dumienu:
23Lea mma na wɔn din didi so yi:
Ruben a ɔno ne Israel abakan,
Simeon, Lewi, Yuda, Isakar ne Sebulon.
24Rahel nso mmammarima baanu no ne
Yosef ne Benyamin.
25Rahel afenaa Bilha mmammarima baanu no ne
Dan ne Naftali
26Lea afenaa Silpa nso mmammarima baanu no ne
Gad ne Aser.
Yeinom ne Yakob mmammarima a wɔwoo wɔn wɔ Paddan-Aram no.
27Akyire no, Yakob baa nʼagya Isak nkyɛn wɔ Mamrɛ wɔ Kiriat-Arba, a ɛno ara ne Hebron, baabi a Abraham ne Isak tenaa sɛ ahɔhoɔ no. 28Isak dii mfeɛ ɔha ne aduɔwɔtwe. 29Isak wuiɛ, ma wɔfaa no kɔkaa ne mpanimfoɔ ho; na wabɔ akɔkoraa posoposo. Ne mmammarima Esau ne Yakob na wɔsiee no.
Jacob returns to Bethel
1Then God said to Jacob, ‘Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.’
2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.’ 4So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 5Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no-one pursued them.
6Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 7There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel,35:7 El Bethel means God of Bethel. because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.
8Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth.35:8 Allon Bakuth means oak of weeping.
9After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram,35:9 That is, North-west Mesopotamia; also in verse 26 God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob,35:10 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives. but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.35:10 Israel probably means he struggles with God.’ So he named him Israel.
11And God said to him, ‘I am God Almighty35:11 Hebrew El-Shaddai; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.’ 13Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.
14Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.35:15 Bethel means house of God.
The deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, ‘Don’t despair, for you have another son.’ 18As she breathed her last – for she was dying – she named her son Ben-Oni.35:18 Ben-Oni means son of my trouble. But his father named him Benjamin.35:18 Benjamin means son of my right hand.
19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
21Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it.
Jacob had twelve sons:
23The sons of Leah:
Reuben the firstborn of Jacob,
Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
24The sons of Rachel:
Joseph and Benjamin.
25The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah:
Dan and Naphtali.
26The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah:
Gad and Asher.
These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
27Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.