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

  • 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.
  • Dewey J
    George, the subject is not Isaac or any of his family though they all fail because of their selfish human means and favoritism by both parents. God told Rebekah from thee beginning before her sons were born and I am sure she told Isaac that the elder brother Esau would serve the younger Jacob Gen. 25:23. Therefore, that was God 's will because he knew Jacob would love and value him and his blessings far more than Esau. God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost is the subject of this story and every story in the Holy bible and his will.
  • George
    Why could Isaac not bless both Jacob and Esau equally? The entire conflict seems to be born out of poor treatment by Isaac....could not Gods blessing be large enough for both sons?

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