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 28:21
 28:22
 29:1
28:21 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.
28:22 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.
29:1 Second Reading
Jacob set off briskly, and headed toward the land of the people of the East.
Vayisa Ya'akov raglav vayelech artsah veney-kedem.



Commentary:

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).

tenth
  Literally a tithe. See note on Genesis 14:20.





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