The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.
21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:
25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:
26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid: Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.
27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
28 And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When Jacob moved his people on from Bethel, his wife Rachel began to give birth. She had great difficulty but she delivered a son and named her son Ben-Oni as she was dying. However, Jacob, now called Isaac, named him Benjamin.
Rachel died and was buried in what is now called Bethlehem. Jacob set up a pillar to mark her tomb.
The group moved on again. In a place beyond Migdal Eder, Jacob’s son Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah. Jacob heard of it. Although the scripture does not elaborate on this happening at this point, one can easily imagine how distressful this would have been to Isaac.
The balance of the chapter gives a list of all Jacob’s twelve sons, from the firstborn, Reuben to the youngest one, Benjamin. I won’t name each one of them here because if you wish to review them, they are plainly listed in the text above. I will say though, that these sons and all their progeny made a good beginning of God’s prophecy regarding the many nations that would spring from Jacob’s loins.
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