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Go instead to Mesopotamia, to the home of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of the young women there, one of your uncle Laban's daughters. May Almighty God bless your marriage and give you many children, so that you will become the father of many nations! (A)May he bless you and your descendants as he blessed Abraham, and may you take possession of this land, in which you have lived and which God gave to Abraham!”

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Go at once to Paddan Aram,[a](A) to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel.(B) Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.(C) May God Almighty[b](D) bless(E) you and make you fruitful(F) and increase your numbers(G) until you become a community of peoples. May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham,(H) so that you may take possession of the land(I) where you now reside as a foreigner,(J) the land God gave to Abraham.”

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  1. Genesis 28:2 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verses 5, 6 and 7
  2. Genesis 28:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai

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