Genesis 28:20

“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Iacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keepe me in this way that I goe, and will giue me bread to eate, and raiment to put on,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then Jacob took an oath, and said, If God will be with me, and keep me safe on my journey, and give me food and clothing to put on,
- Basic English Bible

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and keep me on this road that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and a garment to put on,
- Darby Bible

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
- Webster's Bible

Jacob vowed a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on,
- World English Bible

And Jacob voweth a vow, saying, `Seeing God is with me, and hath kept me in this way which I am going, and hath given to me bread to eat, and a garment to put on --
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying: 'If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 28:20


28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow - By religious vows we give glory to God, and own our dependance upon him, and we lay a bond upon our own souls, to engage and quicken our obedience to him. Jacob was now in fear and distress, and in times of trouble it is seasonable to make vows, or when we are in pursuit of any special mercy, #Jon 1:16 Psa 66:13|,14 1Sam 1:11 Num 21:1,2,3. Jacob had now had a gracious visit from heaven, God had renewed his covenant with him, and the covenant is mutual; when God ratifies his promises to us, it is proper for us to repeat our promises to him. If thou wilt be with me and keep me - We need desire no more to make us easy and happy wherever we are, but to have God's presence with us, and to be under his protection. It is comfortable in a journey to have a guide in an unknown way, a guard in a dangerous way, to be well carried, well provided for, and to have good company in any way; and they that have God with them, have all this in the best manner. Then shall the Lord be my God - Then I will rejoice in him as my God, then I will be the more strongly engaged to abide with him. And this pillar shall be God's house - That is, an altar shall be erected here to the honour of God. And of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee - To be spent either upon God's altar or upon his poor, which are both his receivers in the world. The tenth is a very fit proportion to be devoted to God, and employed for him; though as circumstances vary, it may be more or less, as God prospers us.


Discussion for Genesis 28

  • 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..
  • 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.

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