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

  • Blessed
    @Kelly the stone Jacob use for a pillow that night to rest his head on,when he rose up that morning he took the same stone and made a pillar like an altar to God
  • JD Moore
    Although this promise was directed to one situation or only one nation, it personally gives me hope. I feel the love and strength within the text from God to us all. Thanx from Ponchatoula, LA JD
  • MISSIONERY PASTOR TIMOTHY MUSAU
    WHETHER WE FEEL HIS PRESENCE OR NOT, WE MUST TRUST AND CLING UNTO HIS PROMISE, IT IS OURS AND OUR OFFSPRING'S ALSO.
  • Irene123
    Jacob had a dream, sent to him by God. When he awoke he knew God had sent him the dream so he set up his 'pillow' as an altar and anointed it with oil. And thru the yrs. other Israelites passing that way used the altar for prayer to bless their journey or their camp there, or for healing or for whatever.
  • Kelly
    Don't quite understand the verse 18
  • Vallerie
    Genesis 28 is the perfect medicine for anxiety and worry. Ive seen and been through much but he's always been there. Even when Ive turned away...he's always been there talking to me and protecting me. How much so can I truly rest for the rest of my life knowing he's been with me all this time? I rest fully in him..

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