Parsha VII.iv

GENESIS
30,14 And Reuben went in the days
of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes* in the field, and brought them unto his
mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah: ‘Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s
mandrakes.’ 30,15 And she said unto her: ‘Is it a small matter that thou hast
taken away my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also?’ And
Rachel said: ‘Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son’s
mandrakes.’ 30,16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went
out to meet him, and said: ‘Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired
thee with my son’s mandrakes.’ And he lay with her that night. 30,17 And God
hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. 30,18 And
Leah said: ‘God hath given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband.
And she called his name Issachar. 30,19 And Leah conceived again, and bore a
sixth son to Jacob. 30,20 And Leah said: ‘God hath endowed me with a good dowry;
now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.’ And she
called his name Zebulun. 30,21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called
her name Dinah. 30,22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and
opened her womb. 30,23 And she conceived, and bore a son, and said: ‘God hath
taken away my reproach.’ 30,24 And she called his name Joseph, saying: ‘The LORD
add to me another son.’ 30,25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph,
that Jacob said unto Laban: ‘Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place,
and to my country. 30,26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served
thee, and let me go; for thou knowest my service wherewith I have served thee.’
30,27 And Laban said unto him: ‘If now I have found favour in thine eyes–I have
observed the signs, and the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.’
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* used as a fertility drug

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The Prophets: Judges 21 “One tribe lacking in Israel”

[last Judge, Next: 1 Samuel]

Judges Chapter 21

1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying: ‘There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.’ 2 And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore. 3 And they said: ‘O LORD, the God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel?’ 4 And it came to pass on the morrow that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. {P}
5 And the children of Israel said: ‘Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up in the assembly unto the LORD?’ For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up unto the LORD to Mizpah, saying: ‘He shall surely be put to death.’ 6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said: ‘There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?’ 8 And they said: ‘What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up unto the LORD to Mizpah?’ And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly. 9 For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there. 10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying: ‘Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones. 11 And this is the thing that ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.’ 12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, that had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. {P}
13 And the whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace unto them. 14 And Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead; and yet so they sufficed them not. 15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 16 Then the elders of the congregation said: ‘How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?’ 17 And they said: ‘They that are escaped must be as an inheritance for Benjamin, that a tribe be not blotted out from Israel. 18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters.’ For the children of Israel had sworn, saying: ‘Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.’ {S} 19 And they said: ‘Behold, there is the feast of the LORD from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north of Beth-el, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.’ 20 And they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying: ‘Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; 21 and see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come to strive with us, that we will say unto them: Grant them graciously unto us; because we took not for each man of them his wife in battle; neither did ye give them unto them, that ye should now be guilty.’ {S} 23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they carried off; and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and built the cities, and dwelt in them. 24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance. {P}
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes. {P}

Parsha VII.iii “They seemed unto him but a few days”

GENESIS
29,18 And Jacob loved
Rachel; and he said: ‘I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger
daughter.’ 29,19 And Laban said: ‘It is better that I give her to thee, than
that I should give her to another man; abide with me.’ 29,20 And Jacob served
seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he
had to her. 29,21 And Jacob said unto Laban: ‘Give me my wife, for my days are
filled, that I may go in unto her.’ 29,22 And Laban gathered together all the
men of the place, and made a feast. 29,23 And it came to pass in the evening,
that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
29,24 And Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid unto his daughter Leah for a handmaid.
29,25 And it came to pass in the morning that, behold, it was Leah; and he said
to Laban: ‘What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for
Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?’ 29,26 And Laban said: ‘It is not
so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born. 29,27 Fulfil
the week of this one, and we will give thee the other also for the service which
thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.’ 29,28 And Jacob did so, and
fulfilled her week; and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife. 29,29 And Laban
gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her handmaid. 29,30 And he
went in also unto Rachel, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with
him yet seven other years. 29,31 And the LORD saw that Leah was hated, and he
opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. 29,32 And Leah conceived, and bore a
son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said: ‘Because the LORD hath looked
upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.’ 29,33 And she conceived
again, and bore a son; and said: ‘Because the LORD hath heard that I am hated,
He hath therefore given me this son also.’ And she called his name Simeon. 29,34
And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said: ‘Now this time will my
husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons.’ Therefore was
his name called Levi. 29,35 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she
said: ‘This time will I praise the LORD.’ Therefore she called his name Judah;
and she left off bearing. 30,1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no
children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob: ‘Give me children,
or else I die.’ 30,2 And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said:
‘Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?’ 30,3
And she said: ‘Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my
knees, and I also may be builded up through her.’ 30,4 And she gave him Bilhah
her handmaid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her. 30,5 And Bilhah conceived, and
bore Jacob a son. 30,6 And Rachel said: ‘God hath judged me, and hath also heard
my voice, and hath given me a son.’ Therefore called she his name Dan. 30,7 And
Bilhah Rachel’s handmaid conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son. 30,8 And
Rachel said: ‘With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have
prevailed.’ And she called his name Naphtali. 30,9 When Leah saw that she had
left off bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife.
30,10 And Zilpah Leah’s handmaid bore Jacob a son. 30,11 And Leah said: ‘Fortune
is come!’ And she called his name Gad. 30,12 And Zilpah Leah’s handmaid bore
Jacob a second son. 30,13 And Leah said: ‘Happy am I! for the daughters will
call me happy.’ And she called his name Asher.

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I remember the first summer we were apart. I dreaded it coming. I t was like the end of the world. And it seemed to last an eternity. Time suspended. Time irrelevant.

The Prophets: Judges 20

Judges Chapter 20

1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was assembled as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD at Mizpah. 2 And the chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.– {P}

3 Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpah.–And the children of Israel said: ‘Tell us, how was this wickedness brought to pass?’ 4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was murdered, answered and said: ‘I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. 5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night; me they thought to have slain, and my concubine they forced, and she is dead. 6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel; for they have committed lewdness and wantonness in Israel. 7 Behold, ye are all here, children of Israel, give here your advice and council.’ 8 And all the people arose as one man, saying: ‘We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn unto his house. 9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot; 10 and we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victuals for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the wantonness that they have wrought in Israel.’ 11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man. {P}

12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying: ‘What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you? 13 Now therefore deliver up the men, the base fellows that are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.’ But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel. 14 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of their cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 15 And the children of Benjamin numbered on that day out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered seven hundred chosen men. 16 All this people, even seven hundred chosen men, were left-handed; every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss. {P}

17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war. 18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to Beth-el, and asked counsel of God; and they said: ‘Who shall go up for us first to battle against the children of Benjamin?’ And the LORD said: ‘Judah first.’ 19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah. 20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gibeah. 21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites on that day twenty and two thousand men. 22 And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set the battle again in array in the place where they set themselves in array the first day. 23 And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even; and they asked of the LORD, saying: ‘Shall I again draw nigh to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother?’ And the LORD said: ‘Go up against him.’ {P}

24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword. 26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto Beth-el, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even; and they offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the LORD. 27 And the children of Israel asked of the LORD–for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28 and Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days–saying: ‘Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease?’ And the LORD said: ‘Go up; for to-morrow I will deliver him into thy hand.’ 29 And Israel set liers-in-wait against Gibeah round about. {P}

30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times. 31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite and kill of the people, as at other times, in the field, in the highways, of which one goeth up to Beth-el, and the other to Gibeah, about thirty men of Israel. 32 And the children of Benjamin said: ‘They are smitten down before us, as at the first.’ But the children of Israel said: ‘Let us flee, and draw them away from the city unto the highways.’ 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and set themselves in array at Baal-tamar; and the liers-in-wait of Israel broke forth out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba. 34 And there came over against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore; but they knew not that evil was close upon them. {P}

35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men; all these drew the sword. 36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten. And the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted unto the liers-in-wait whom they had set against Gibeah.– 37 And the liers-in-wait hastened, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers-in-wait drew forth, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword. 38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers-in-wait, that they should make a great beacon of smoke* rise up out of the city.– 39 And the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons; for they said: ‘Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.’ 40 But when the beacon began to arise up out of the city in a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to heaven. 41 And the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were amazed; for they saw that evil was come upon them. 42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle followed hard after them; and they that came out of the city destroyed them in the midst of the men of Israel. 43 They inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and overtook them at their resting-place, as far as over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour. 45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon; and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and followed hard after them unto Gidom, and smote of them two thousand men. 46 So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour. 47 But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon, and abode in the rock of Rimmon four months. 48 And the men of Israel turned back upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city, and the cattle, and all that they found; moreover all the cities which they found they set on fire. {P}
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* interesting about this allusion – smoke rising is a reference to the Apocalypse.

Parsha VII.ii “Leah’s eyes were weak”

GENESIS
29,1 Then Jacob went on his journey,
and came to the land of the children of the east. 29,2 And he looked, and behold
a well in the field, and, lo, three flocks of sheep lying there by it.–For out
of that well they watered the flocks. And the stone upon the well’s mouth was
great. 29,3 And thither were all the flocks gathered; and they rolled the stone
from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone back upon the
well’s mouth in its place.– 29,4 And Jacob said unto them: ‘My brethren, whence
are ye?’ And they said: ‘Of Haran are we.’ 29,5 And he said unto them: ‘Know ye
Laban the son of Nahor?’ And they said: ‘We know him.’ 29,6 And he said unto
them: ‘Is it well with him?’ And they said: ‘It is well; and, behold, Rachel his
daughter cometh with the sheep.’ 29,7 And he said: ‘Lo, it is yet high day,
neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together; water ye the
sheep, and go and feed them.’ 29,8 And they said: ‘We cannot, until all the
flocks be gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then
we water the sheep.’ 29,9 While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with
her father’s sheep; for she tended them. 29,10 And it came to pass, when Jacob
saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban
his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s
mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 29,11 And Jacob
kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 29,12 And Jacob told Rachel
that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and
told her father. 29,13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of
Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed
him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. 29,14 And
Laban said to him: ‘Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.’ And he abode with him
the space of a month. 29,15 And Laban said unto Jacob: ‘Because thou art my
brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy
wages be?’ 29,16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah,
and the name of the younger was Rachel. 29,17 And Leah’s eyes were weak; but
Rachel was of beautiful form and fair to look upon.

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“Weak eyes” means a timid spirit.

The Prophets: Judges 19 “That we may know him”

Judges Chapter 19

1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the farther side of the hill-country of Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem in Judah. 2 And his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Beth-lehem in Judah, and was there the space of four months. 3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak kindly unto her, to bring her back, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses; and she brought him into her father’s house; and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him. 4 And his father-in-law, the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three days; so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. 5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, that they arose early in the morning, and he rose up to depart; and the damsel’s father said unto his son-in-law: ‘Stay thy heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward ye shall go your way.’ 6 So they sat down, and did eat and drink, both of them together; and the damsel’s father said unto the man: ‘Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thy heart be merry.’ 7 And the man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law urged him, and he lodged there again. 8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said: ‘Stay thy heart, I pray thee, and tarry ye until the day declineth’; and they did eat, both of them. 9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father-in-law, the damsel’s father, said unto him: ‘Behold, now the day draweth toward evening; tarry, I pray you, all night; behold, the day groweth to an end; lodge here, that thy heart may be merry; and to-morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.’ 10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus–the same is Jerusalem; and there were with him a couple of asses saddled; his concubine also was with him. 11 When they were by Jebus–the day was far spent–the servant said unto his master: ‘Come, I pray thee, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.’ 12 And his master said unto him: ‘We will not turn aside into the city of a foreigner, that is not of the children of Israel; but we will pass over to Gibeah.’ 13 And he said unto his servant: ‘Come and let us draw near to one of these places; and we will lodge in Gibeah, or in Ramah.’ 14 So they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them near to Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin. 15 And they turned aside thither, to go in to lodge in Gibeah; and he went in, and sat him down in the broad place of the city; for there was no man that took them into his house to lodge. 16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even; now the man was of the hill-country of Ephraim, and he sojourned in Gibeah; but the men of the place were Benjamites. 17 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the wayfaring man in the broad place of the city; and the old man said: ‘Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?’ 18 And he said unto him: ‘We are passing from Beth-lehem in Judah unto the farther side of the hill-country of Ephraim; from thence am I, and I went to Beth-lehem in Judah, and I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that taketh me into his house. 19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man that is with thy servants; there is no want of any thing.’ 20 And the old man said: ‘Peace be unto thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the broad place.’ 21 So he brought him into his house, and gave the asses fodder; and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink. 22 As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain base fellows, beset the house round about, beating at the door; and they spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying: ‘Bring forth the man that came into thy house, that we may know him.’ 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them: ‘Nay, my brethren, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into my house, do not this wanton deed. 24 Behold, here is my daughter a virgin, and his concubine; I will bring them out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you; but unto this man do not so wanton a thing.’ 25 But the men would not hearken to him; so the man laid hold on his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning; and when the day began to spring, they let her go. 26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her lord was, till it was light. 27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way; and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, with her hands upon the threshold. 28 And he said unto her. ‘Up, and let us be going’; but none answered; then he took her up upon the ass; and the man rose up, and got him unto his place. 29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the borders of Israel. 30 And it was so, that all that saw it said: ‘Such a thing hath not happened nor been seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak.’ {P}

Parsha VII.i “And behold a ladder set up on the earth”

GENESIS
28,10 And Jacob went
out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 28,11 And he lighted upon the place,
and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the
stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to
sleep. 28,12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the
top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and
descending on it. 28,13 And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: ‘I am
the LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon
thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. 28,14 And thy seed shall be
as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the
east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thee and in thy seed shall all
the families of the earth be blessed. 28,15 And, behold, I am with thee, and
will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee back into this
land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to
thee of.’ 28,16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said: ‘Surely the LORD
is in this place; and I knew it not.’ 28,17 And he was afraid, and said: ‘How
full of awe is this place! this is none other than the house of God, and this is
the gate of heaven.’ 28,18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the
stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil
upon the top of it. 28,19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el, but the
name of the city was Luz at the first. 28,20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying: ‘If
God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me
bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 28,21 so that I come back to my father’s
house in peace, then shall the LORD be my God, 28,22 and this stone, which I
have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that Thou shalt give
me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.’

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What evidence demonstrates my connection to God?