||and if I return in peace to my father's house, then I will dedicate myself totally to God.
Veshavti veshalom el-beyt avi vehayah Adonay li le-Elohim.
||Let this stone that I have set up as a pillar become a temple to God. Of all that You give me, I will set aside a tenth to You.'
Veha'even hazot asher samti matsevah yihyeh beyt Elohim vechol asher titen-li aser a'asrenu lach.
Jacob set off briskly, and headed toward the land of the people of the East.
Vayisa Ya'akov raglav vayelech artsah veney-kedem.
|I will dedicate myself...|
Literally, 'God will be my Lord' (cf. Ramban; Sforno; Hirsch). Others have it as part of the condition: 'and if God will be my Lord' - that is, 'If God will be uniquely associated with me and my children forever' (Rashi).
|temple to God|
It was later the place of the Holy of Holies (see note on Genesis 22:19).
Literally a tithe. See note on Genesis 14:20.