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.”

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 28:1-22

Isak Hyira Yakob

1Isak frɛɛ Yakob, hyiraa no hyɛɛ no se, “Nware saa Kanaanfo mmea yi bi da. 2Ka wo ho kɔ Betuel a ɔyɛ wo na Rebeka agya no nkyɛn wɔ Paddan-Aram, na kɔware wo wɔfa Laban mmabea no mu baako. 3Otumfo Nyankopɔn no nhyira wo. Ɔmma wʼase nnɔ bebree, na wʼasefo no abɛyɛ ɔman kɛse a mmusuakuw bebree befi mu aba. 4Onyankopɔn mfa nhyira a ɔde hyiraa Abraham no nhyira wo ne wʼasefo. Ɔmma asase a nnɛ wote so sɛ ɔhɔho yi, a ɛyɛ asase a Onyankopɔn de maa Abraham no nyɛ wo dea.” 5Sɛnea Isak gyaa ne ba Yakob kwan ni: Yakob kɔɔ Laban a ɔyɛ Aramni Betuel babarima nkyɛn wɔ Paddan-Aram. Na saa Laban yi yɛ Esau ne Yakob mama Rebeka ne nuabarima.

Esau Ware Ismael Babea

6Esau tee sɛ Isak ahyira Yakob, na wagya no kwan ma ɔkɔ Paddan-Aram sɛ ɔnkɔware wɔ hɔ. Ohyiraa no no, ɔhyɛɛ no se, “Nware saa Kanaanfo mmea yi bi da.” 7Yakob tiee nʼagya ne ne na afotu no sii mu kɔɔ Paddan-Aram. 8Esau huu sɛ nʼagya Isak mpɛ Kanaanfo mmea asɛm. 9Enti osii mu kɔɔ Abraham babarima Ismael nkyɛn, kɔwaree ne babea Mahalat. Na Mahalat yɛ Nebaiot nuabea, na ɔyɛ Ismael a ɔno nso yɛ Abraham babarima no babea. Esau waree Mahalat kaa ne yerenom ho.

Yakob Dae A Ɔsoo Wɔ Bet-el

10Yakob fii Beer-Seba de nʼani kyerɛɛ Haran. 11Oduu baabi na onwini redwo no, ɔpɛɛ baabi soɛe, efisɛ na ade resa. Ɔfaa ɔbo bi wɔ faako a wadu hɔ de yɛɛ sumii. 12Ɔdae no, ɔsoo dae bi. Dae no mu no, ohuu sɛ antweri bi si fam a nʼatifi ka wim, na Onyankopɔn abɔfo redi so aforosian. 13Ohuu sɛ Onyankopɔn gyina antweri no atifi. Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Mene Awurade, Abraham Nyankopɔn, ne wʼagya Isak Nyankopɔn. Mede asase a woda so yi bɛma wo ne wʼasefo. 14Wʼasefo bɛyɛ sɛ asase so mfutuma, na mobɛtrɛtrɛw akɔ apuei ne atɔe, atifi ne anafo nyinaa. Wo ne wʼasefo mu na wofi behyira wiase mmusuakuw nyinaa. 15Eyinom nyinaa akyi no, mɛka wo ho, na baabiara a wobɛkɔ no, medi wʼakyi, na mɛsan de wo aba saa asase yi so. Merennyaw wo da, kosi sɛ bɔ a mahyɛ wo yi nyinaa bɛba mu.”

16Yakob nyanee no, ɔkaa wɔ ne tirim se, “Ampa ara, sɛɛ na Awurade wɔ saa beae ha yi, a na minnim!” 17Yakob suroe, na ɔkɔɔ so kaa wɔ ne tirim se, “Ɛha yɛ hu papa. Ɛha nyɛ baabiara sɛ Onyankopɔn fi. Ɔsoro pon ano ne ha.”

18Enti Yakob sɔree anɔpatutuutu maa ɔbo a ɔde yɛɛ sumii no so sii hɔ, hwiee ngo guu so. 19Ɔtoo beae no din Bet-El a ase kyerɛ Onyame fi. Kan no na anka wɔfrɛ saa kurow no Lus.

20Na Yakob kaa ntam se, “Sɛ Onyankopɔn bɛka me ho, ahwɛ me so wɔ saa akwantu yi mu, ama me aduan adi, ama me ntama afura, 21sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mɛsan aba mʼagya fi asomdwoe mu a, ɛno de, Awurade bɛyɛ me Nyankopɔn. 22Saa ɔbo a mede asi hɔ sɛ nkaedum yi bɛyɛ Onyankopɔn fi. Biribiara a wo, Onyankopɔn, de bɛma me no, mede mu nkyɛmu du mu baako bɛma wo.”