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INTRODUCTION. After Isaac blessed Jacob, he sent him away to Padan-aram to take a wife from Rebekah's family. As Jacob rested one night on the way, he lay down to sleep with his head against a stone. He dreamed and saw a ladder reaching to heaven with angels ascending and descending. The Lord stood above the ladder and repeated to Jacob the promises given to Abraham and Isaac.
When Jacob awoke, he took the stone that he had put at his head and set it up for a pillar. He called the place Bethel which means House of God. He then made a vow that if the Lord was with him and allowed him to return to his father's house in peace, the Lord would be his God, the stone would be God's house, and he would give a tenth of all he had to the Lord.