1So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 2Go at once to Paddan Aram,28:2 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verses 5, 6 and 7 to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 3May God Almighty28:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 5Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” 7and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. 8Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; 9so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13There above it28:13 Or There beside him stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.28:14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20) 15I am with you and will watch over you wherever 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.”
16When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
18Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19He called that place Bethel,28:19 Bethel means house of God. though the city used to be called Luz.
20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord28:20,21 Or Since God… father’s household, the Lord will be my God 22and28:21,22 Or household, and the Lord will be my God, 22 then this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
Isak Hyira Yakob
1Isak frɛɛ Yakob, hyiraa no hyɛɛ no sɛ, “Nware saa Kanaanfoɔ mmaa yi bi da. 2Ka wo ho kɔ Betuel a ɔyɛ wo maame Rebeka agya no nkyɛn wɔ Paddan-Aram, na kɔware wo wɔfa Laban mmammaa no mu baako. 3Otumfoɔ Onyankopɔn no nhyira wo. Ɔmma wʼase nnɔre bebree, na wʼasefoɔ no abɛyɛ ɔman kɛseɛ a mmusuakuo bebree bɛfiri mu aba. 4Onyankopɔn mfa nhyira a ɔde hyiraa Abraham no nhyira wo ne wʼasefoɔ. Ɔmma asase a ɛnnɛ wote so sɛ ɔhɔhoɔ yi a ɛyɛ asase a Onyankopɔn de maa Abraham no nyɛ wo dea.” 5Sɛdeɛ Isak gyaa ne ba Yakob ɛkwan nie: Yakob kɔɔ Laban a ɔyɛ Aramni Betuel babarima nkyɛn wɔ Paddan-Aram. Na saa Laban yi yɛ Esau ne Yakob maame Rebeka nuabarima.
Esau Ware Ismael Babaa
6Esau tee sɛ Isak ahyira Yakob, na wagya no kwan ma ɔkɔ Paddan-Aram sɛ ɔnkɔware wɔ hɔ. Ɔhyiraa no no, ɔhyɛɛ no sɛ, “Nware saa Kanaanfoɔ mmaa yi bi da.” 7Yakob tiee nʼagya ne ne maame afotuo no siim kɔɔ Paddan-Aram. 8Esau hunuu sɛ nʼagya Isak mpɛ Kanaanfoɔ mmaa asɛm. 9Enti, ɔsiim kɔɔ Abraham babarima Ismael nkyɛn, kɔwaree ne babaa Mahalat. Na Mahalat yɛ Nebaiot nuabaa, na ɔyɛ Ismael a ɔno nso yɛ Abraham babarima babaa. Esau waree Mahalat kaa ne yerenom ho.
Yakob Daeɛ A Ɔsoo Wɔ Bet-el
10Yakob firii Beer-Seba de nʼani kyerɛɛ Haran. 11Ɔduruu baabi na onwunu redwoɔ no, ɔpɛɛ baabi soɛeɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na adeɛ resa. Ɔfaa ɛboɔ bi wɔ baabi a waduru hɔ de yɛɛ sumiiɛ. 12Ɔdaeɛ no, ɔsoo daeɛ bi. Daeɛ no mu, ɔhunuu sɛ atwedeɛ bi si fam a nʼatifi ka ewiem, na Onyankopɔn abɔfoɔ redi so aforosiane. 13Ɔhunuu sɛ Onyankopɔn gyina atwedeɛ no atifi. Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Mene Awurade, Abraham Onyankopɔn, ne wʼagya Isak Onyankopɔn. Mede asase a woda so yi bɛma wo ne wʼasefoɔ. 14Wʼasefoɔ bɛyɛ sɛ asase so mfuturo, na mobɛtrɛtrɛ akɔ apueeɛ ne atɔeɛ, atifi ne anafoɔ nyinaa. Wo ne wʼasefoɔ mu na wɔfiri bɛhyira ewiase mmusuakuo nyinaa. 15Yeinom nyinaa akyiri no, mɛka wo ho, na baabiara a wobɛkɔ no, mɛdi wʼakyi, na mɛsane de wo aba saa asase yi so. Merennyaa wo da, kɔsi sɛ ɛbɔ a mahyɛ wo yi nyinaa bɛba mu.”
16Yakob nyaneeɛ no, ɔkaa wɔ ne tirim sɛ, “Ampa ara, sɛɛ na Awurade wɔ saa beaeɛ ha yi, a na mennim!” 17Yakob suroeɛ, na ɔkɔɔ so kaa wɔ ne tirim sɛ, “Ɛha yɛ hu papa. Ɛha nyɛ baabiara sɛ Onyankopɔn fie. Ɔsoro ɛpono ano ne ha.”
18Enti, Yakob sɔree anɔpatutuutu maa ɛboɔ a ɔde yɛɛ sumiiɛ no so sii hɔ, hwiee ngo guu so. 19Ɔtoo beaeɛ no edin Bet-El a aseɛ kyerɛ Onyame fie. Kane no na anka wɔfrɛ saa kuro no Lus.
20Afei, Yakob kaa ntam sɛ, “Sɛ Onyankopɔn bɛka me ho, ahwɛ me so wɔ saa akwantuo yi mu, ama me aduane adi, ama me ntoma afira, 21sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a mɛsane aba mʼagya fie asomdwoeɛ mu a, ɛnneɛ, Awurade bɛyɛ me Onyankopɔn. 22Saa ɛboɔ a mede asi hɔ sɛ nkaeɛdum yi bɛyɛ Onyankopɔn fie. Biribiara a wo, Onyankopɔn, de bɛma me no, mede mu nkyɛmu edu mu baako bɛma wo.”