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 heauen.”

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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

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

  • BSP
    Verse 1- Isaac knew that the choice of a marriage mate was important and he conveyed this point to his son.
  • Gonzalo
    Jacob didn't confess his name the first time, so he received a blessing intended for someone else, that blessing never came he spend much of his life striving and running away, until one night face to face with God he wrestle and asked for his blessing, then God ask him what is you name? but this time he did not lie he said I am Jacob then God truly bless him and changed his name to Israel.
  • A disciple
    Frankie; "I truly can't understand why Jacob is being Blessed by God after deceiving Isaac the way that he did..." "There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes but is not washed from their filthiness." While many use everything instead of Christ to establish their own righteousness, God is about to humble them and take everything away from them wherein they trust, who obey not the truth.
  • Bruce
    Frankie: Jacob is blessed because he is 2nd Born. God doesn't accept first born. A Picture of Salvation, ye must be born again. Has The Holy Spirit tugged on Your Heart: John 6:44. Answer His call while He is near. Ask Forgiveness. You will be Washed by The Blood of The Lamb: Revelation 1:5. Baptized with The Holy Ghost:Mark 1:8. / If any man be in Christ --- he--- becomes New 2Corinthians 5:17
  • A disciple
    Frankie (cont.); God rules over the matters and times of this world and He directs the good and the evil according to His own will, to bring men to repentance and the knowledge of the truth. We were not made and born into the world to live for self without God. This world as it is right now is not God's final plan for man; but He waits for the completion of the times to finish our salvation.
  • H.D.
    “It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:12-13‬ ‭
    “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it

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