Genesis 28:17

“And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place? this is none other, but the house of God, and this is the gate of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And fear came on him, and he said, This is a holy place; this is nothing less than the house of God and the doorway of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
- Darby Bible

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is no other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

He was afraid, and said, "How dreadful is this place! This is none other than God's house, and this is the gate of heaven."
- World English Bible

and he feareth, and saith, `How fearful [is] this place; this is nothing but a house of God, and this a gate of the heavens.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 28:17


28:17 He was afraid - So far was he from being puffed up. The more we see of God, the more cause we see for holy trembling and blushing before him. Those whom God is pleased to manifest himself to, are laid and kept very low in their own eyes, and see cause to fear even the Lord and his goodness, #Hos 3:5|. And said, How dreadful is this place! - That is, the appearance of God in this place is to be thought of, but with a holy awe and reverence; I shall have a respect for this place, and remember it by this token as long as I live. Not that he thought the place itself any nearer the divine visions than any other places; but what he saw there at this time was, as it were, the house of God, the residence of the Divine Majesty, and the gate of heaven, that is, the general rendezvous of the inhabitants of the upper world; as the meetings of a city were in their gates; or, the angels ascending and descending were like travellers passing and repassing through the gates of a city.


Discussion for Genesis 28

  • Veronica
    GOD is our life to my family.We started nothing but now all my our children are all professionals and not a regular employee but with position.God did not bless us to be blessed but He blessed us exceedingly more than enough.OUR GOD IS A GOD OF MORE THAN ENOUGH.Time given to him will not come back empty.
  • Richie
    I see that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother,but Esau did not,instead, making his parents more griefed of mind by taking ungodly women to wife,which ultimately cost Esau and his decendants a lot of trouble and ungodliness which eventually lead to the demise of the Edomites. I believe Isaac instructed Esau as well as Jacob the things of God,but Jacob had ears to hear the things of God.
  • Kimberleigh
    May I use this graphic for my Sunday School newsletter?
  • Anozie Chisom
    'Behold i am with thee' this verse signifies God's love for His children and continual guidance to all who will look up to him for grace and strength to run this race.
  • Lee Bryan
    The father God's prevailing Grace covering men and women to arrive at His will in spite of them selves. Jesus is Lord !
  • Melissa Labbe
    Father Jacob is taking a wife of his family in Syria . The heavenly host prays for the Syrian's safety.

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