1 Isaac summoned Jacob and blessed him and commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 2 Go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and choose a wife for yourself from the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 3 May God Al mighty bless you and make you increase to become a group of nations. 4 May he grant you and your descendants the blessings of Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you live now, and that Yahweh gave to Abraham. 5 Isaac sent Jacob away and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, the son of Bethuel, the Aramean, brother to Rebekah.
6 Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to choose a wife for himself, and in blessing him had commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.” 7 And in obedience to his father and mother, Jacob had gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So Esau understood how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac. 9 So he went to Ishmael and chose a wife for himself besides those he already had—Mahalath, daughter of Ishmael, son of Abraham and sister of Nebaioth.
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place the sun had set and he spent the night there. He took one of the stones that were there and using it as a pillow, he lay down to sleep.
12 While Jacob was sleeping, he had a dream in which a ladder stood on the earth with its top reaching to heaven and on it were angels of God going up and coming down. 13 And Yahweh was standing there near him and said, “I am Yahweh, the God of your father, Abraham, and the God of Isaac. The land on which you sleep, I give to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be numerous like the specks of dust of the earth and you will spread out to the west and the east, to the north and the south. Through you and your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. 15 See, I am with you and I will keep you safe wher ever you go. I will bring you back to this land and not leave you until I have done what I promised.” 16 Jacob woke from his dream and said, “Truly Yahweh was in this place and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How full of awe is this place! It is nothing less than a House of God; it is the Gate to Heaven!”
18 Then Jacob rose early and took the stone he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He named that place Bethel although before that it was called Luz. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, “If Yahweh will be with me and keep me safe during this journey I am making, if he gives me bread to eat and clothes to wear, 21 and if I return in peace to my father’s house, then Yahweh will be my God. 22 This stone which I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me, I will give back a tenth.”