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Genesis 28:9-11 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

so Esau went to Ishmael, and in addition to the wives he had, married Mahalath, the daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel.[a] 10 Jacob departed from Beer-sheba and proceeded toward Haran. 11 When he came upon a certain place,[b] he stopped there for the night, since the sun had already set. Taking one of the stones at the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.

Footnotes:

  1. 28:10–22 As Jacob is leaving the land on his way to an uncertain future in Paddan-aram, God appears to him at a sacred place that Jacob had visited only to take a night’s rest. Jacob’s unawareness of the holiness of the place underscores the graciousness of the gift. On his return to Canaan, he will again encounter a divine visitor in the form of the mysterious attacker (32:23–33) and, after his return and reconciliation with Esau, he will again go to Bethel (35:1–15).
  2. 28:11 Place: the Hebrew word is often used specifically of a sacred site. The ambiguous word “place” is used here, for the text emphasizes that Jacob has no idea the place he has come upon is sacred; only when he wakes up does he realize it is sacred. The place was Bethel (v. 19), a sacred site as early as the time of Abraham (12:8).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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