New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 35:1-29

Jacob Returns to Bethel

1Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and live there. Build an altar there to honor me. That’s where I appeared to you when you were running away from your brother Esau.”

2So Jacob spoke to his family and to everyone with him. He said, “Get rid of the statues of false gods you have with you. Make yourselves pure by washing and changing your clothes. 3Come, 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.” 4So they gave Jacob all the statues of false gods they had. They also gave him their earrings. Jacob buried those things under the oak tree at Shechem. 5Then Jacob and everyone with him started out. The terror of God fell on the towns all around them. So no one chased them.

6Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz. Luz is also called Bethel. It’s in the land of Canaan. 7Jacob 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.

8Rebekah’s attendant Deborah died. They buried her body under the oak tree outside Bethel. So it was called Allon Bakuth.

9After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again. And God blessed him. 10God 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.

11God said to him, “I am the Mighty God. Have children so that there will be many of you. You will become the father of a nation and a community of nations. Your later family will include kings. 12I am giving you the land I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give it to your children after you.” 13Then God left him at the place where he had talked with him.

14Jacob set up a sacred stone at the place where God had talked with him. He poured out a drink offering on it. He also poured olive oil on it. 15Jacob named the place Bethel. That’s where God had talked with him.

Rachel and Isaac Die

16They 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. 17The woman who helped her saw that she was having problems. So she said to Rachel, “Don’t be afraid. You have another son.” 18But Rachel was dying. As she took her last breath, she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.

19So Rachel died. She was buried beside the road to Ephrath. Ephrath was also called Bethlehem. 20Jacob set up a stone marker over her tomb. To this day, the stone marks the place where Rachel was buried.

21Israel moved on again. He set up his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22While Israel was living in that area, Reuben went in and slept with Bilhah. She was the concubine of Reuben’s father. And Israel heard about it.

Here are the 12 sons Jacob had.

23Leah was the mother of

Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son.

Her other sons were Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.

24The sons of Rachel were

Joseph and Benjamin.

25The sons of Rachel’s female servant Bilhah were

Dan and Naphtali.

26The sons of Leah’s female servant Zilpah were

Gad and Asher.

These were Jacob’s sons. They were born in Paddan Aram.

27Jacob 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. 28Isaac lived 180 years. 29Then 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 him.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 35:1-29

Yakob San Kɔ Bet-El

1Na Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Yakob se, “Kɔ Bet-El kɔtena hɔ. Sɛ wudu hɔ a, si afɔremuka ma me. Me na miyii me ho adi kyerɛɛ wo bere a na woreguan afi wo nua Esau nkyɛn no.”

2Enti Yakob ka kyerɛɛ ne fifo ne wɔn a wɔka ne ho nyinaa se, “Monsɛe mo anyame a mode wɔn fi amannɔne bae no nyinaa. Munnwira mo ho, na monsesa mo ntade nso.” 3Ɔtoaa so se, “Yɛrebetu kwan akɔ Bet-El. Na sɛ yedu hɔ a, yebesi afɔremuka ama Onyankopɔn a otiee me mpaebɔ wɔ mʼamanehunu mu, na ɔkaa me ho wɔ mʼakwantu mu no.” 4Enti wɔn nyinaa de wɔn ahoni ne asokaa maa Yakob. Yakob tuu fam wɔ odum bi ase wɔ Sekem, de ne nyinaa hyɛɛ hɔ. 5Na wosii mu. Wɔrekɔ no, Onyankopɔn bɔɔ nkurow a wɔfaa so no nyinaa mu nnipa no hu a ɛno nti obiara antumi antaa wɔn.

6Yakob ne ne nkurɔfo a wɔka ne ho no beduu Lus a ɛno ara ne Bet-El a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so no. 7Osii afɔremuka wɔ hɔ, too hɔ din El-Bet-El, efisɛ ɛhɔ na bere a ɔreguan afi ne nua Esau nkyɛn no, Onyankopɔn yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no.

8Eyi akyi no, Debora a ɔyɛ Rebeka bagyigyefo no wu ma wosiee no wɔ odum bi a ɛwɔ Bet-El bon mu no ase. Efi saa bere no, wɔtoo beae hɔ din Alon-Bakut, a ne nkyerɛase ne Agyaadwotwa Dum.

9Yakob fi Paddan-Aram beduu Bet-El no, Onyankopɔn san yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no, hyiraa no. 10Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ɛwɔ mu sɛ wɔfrɛ wo Yakob de, nanso efi nnɛ, wɔremfrɛ wo Yakob bio, na mmom, wɔbɛfrɛ wo Israel a ne nkyerɛase ne Onipa a ɔne Onyankopɔn adi asi.” Enti Onyankopɔn too ne din se Israel.

11Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Yakob se, “Mene Onyankopɔn tumfo no. Wʼase nnɔ, na wʼase mfɛe. Ɔman ne aman asafo befi wo mu aba. Saa ara na ahemfo nso befi wo mu aba. 12Mede asase a mede maa Abraham ne Isak no bɛma wo. Yiw, mede saa asase koro yi ara bɛma wʼasefo.” 13Na Onyankopɔn fii faako a na ɔne Yakob rekasa hɔ no kɔɔ ɔsoro.

14Yakob sii ɔbodum wɔ hɔ, hwiee afɔresa guu so, de bɔɔ Onyankopɔn afɔre. Ɔsan de afɔrengo sraa odum no ho. 15Yakob too beae a Onyankopɔn ne no kasae no Bet-El, a ne nkyerɛase ne Onyankopɔn fi.

Benyamin Awo Ne Rahel Wu

16Yakob ne ne fifo sii mu fii Bet-El, de wɔn ani kyerɛɛ Efrat. Wɔrekɔ no, awo kaa Rahel wɔ akwantemfi. 17Bere a ɔreko awo no, ɔbea ɔwogyefo no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Nsuro na worebɛwo ɔbabarima bio.” 18Nanso Rahel koo awo tɔe. Na bere a ne kra refi ne mu na ɔreyɛ awu no, ɔtoo ne babarima a wawo no no din Ben-Oni, a ne nkyerɛase ne Mʼawerɛhow Mu Ba. “Nanso nʼagya san too no din Benyamin a, ne nkyerɛase ne Me dɔba.”

19Rahel wu ma wosiee no Efrat a ɛno ara ne Betlehem no akwantemfi. 20Yakob yɛɛ nkaedum sii Rahel da no so a ɛda so wɔ hɔ besi nnɛ.

21Israel toaa nʼakwantu no so, kosii ne ntamadan wɔ Edir abantenten no akyi nohɔ baabi. 22Bere a Israel te saa asase no so no, ɔtee sɛ ne ba panyin Ruben ne Bilha a ɔyɛ nʼagya afenaa a waware no no akɔda.

Na Yakob wɔ mmabarima dumien:

23Lea mma na wɔn din didi so yi:

Ruben a ɔno ne Israel abakan,

Simeon, Lewi, Yuda, Isakar ne Sebulon.

24Rahel nso mmabarima baanu no ne

Yosef ne Benyamin.

25Rahel afenaa Bilha mmabarima baanu no ne

Dan ne Naftali

26Lea afenaa Silpa nso mmabarima baanu no ne

Gad ne Aser.

Eyinom ne Yakob mmabarima a wɔwoo wɔn wɔ Paddan-Aram no.

Isak Wu

27Akyiri yi no, Yakob baa nʼagya Isak nkyɛn wɔ Mamrɛ wɔ Kiriat-Arba, a ɛno ara ne Hebron, faako a Abraham ne Isak tenaa sɛ ahɔho no. 28Isak dii mfe ɔha ne aduɔwɔtwe. 29Isak wu ma wɔfaa no kɔkaa ne mpanyimfo ho; na wabɔ akwakoraa posoposo. Ne mmabarima Esau ne Yakob na wosiee no.