Genesis 35:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 35:15, NIV: "Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel."

Genesis 35:15, ESV: "So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel."

Genesis 35:15, KJV: "And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel."

Genesis 35:15, NASB: "And Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel."

Genesis 35:15, NLT: "And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means 'house of God'), because God had spoken to him there."

Genesis 35:15, CSB: "Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him Bethel."

What does Genesis 35:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob responded to a renewed command from God (Genesis 35:1). That included burying his family's idols (Genesis 35:4) and traveling to Bethel, where Jacob had once had a divine encounter with God (Genesis 28:10–12). There, God confirmed the covenant promises of Jacob's ancestors are also his (Genesis 17:1; 26:2–4; 28:13–15; 35:11–12). In response, Jacob erected a pillar as a monument, and poured drink and oil offerings on it (Genesis 35:14).

Here, Jacob reconfirms the name of this very special place. This is where God has appeared to him, twice. It is appropriate to call it Bethel, meaning "house of God."