Genesis 28:18

“And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Iacob rose vp earely in the morning, and tooke the stone that hee had put for his pillowes, and set it vp for a pillar, and powred oile vpon the top of it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And early in the morning Jacob took the stone which had been under his head, and put it up as a pillar and put oil on it.
- Basic English Bible

And Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had made his pillow, and set it up [for] a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it.
- Darby Bible

And Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it.
- Webster's Bible

Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on its top.
- World English Bible

And Jacob riseth early in the morning, and taketh the stone which he hath made his pillows, and maketh it a standing pillar, and poureth oil upon its top,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 28:18


28:18 He set up the stone for a pillar - To mark the place again, if he came back, and erect a lasting monument of God's favour to him: and because he had not time now to build an altar here, as Abraham did in the places where God appeared to him, #Gen 12:7|, he therefore poured oil on the top of this stone, which probably was the ceremony then used in dedicating their altars, as an earnest of his building an altar when he should have conveniencies for it, as afterwards he did, in gratitude to God, #Ge 35:7|. Grants of mercy call for our returns of duty and the sweet communion we have with God ought ever to be remembered.


Discussion for Genesis 28:18

  • The words "rose up early" are also used when Abraham was taking Isaac to sacrifice and also when sending Hagar away. The early hours are precious before worldly happenings intrude.
    Likewise Jesus used the night time and early hours for prayer and meditation.

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