Genesis 28:20
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Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear

King James Bible
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and keep me on this road that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and a garment to put on,

World English Bible
Jacob vowed a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob voweth a vow, saying, 'Seeing God is with me, and hath kept me in this way which I am going, and hath given to me bread to eat, and a garment to put on --

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Vowed a vow - A vow is a solemn, holy promise, by which a man bound himself to do certain things in a particular way, time, etc., and for power to accomplish which he depended on God; hence all vows were made with prayer.

If God will be with me, etc. - Jacob seems to make this vow rather for his posterity than for himself, as we may learn from Genesis 28:13-15; for he particularly refers to the promises which God had made to him, which concerned the multiplication of his offspring, and their establishment in that land. If, then, God shall fulfill these promises, he binds his posterity to build God a house, and to devote for the maintenance of his worship the tenth of all their earthly goods. This mode of interpretation removes that appearance of self-interest which almost any other view of the subject presents. Jacob had certainly, long ere this, taken Jehovah for his God; and so thoroughly had he been instructed in the knowledge of Jehovah, that we may rest satisfied no reverses of fortune could have induced him to apostatize: but as his taking refuge with Laban was probably typical of the sojourning of his descendants in Egypt, his persecution, so as to be obliged to depart from Laban, the bad treatment of his posterity by the Egyptians, his rescue from death, preservation on his journey, re-establishment in his own country, etc., were all typical of the exodus of his descendants, their travels in the desert, and establishment in the promised land, where they built a house to God, and where, for the support and maintenance of the pure worship of God, they gave to the priests and Levites the tenth of all their worldly produce. If all this be understood as referring to Jacob only, the Scripture gives us no information how he performed his vow.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Genesis 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar, and where you vowed a vow to me: now arise, get you out from this land...

Leviticus 27:1-34 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying...

Numbers 6:1-20 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying...

Numbers 21:2,3 And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand...

Judges 11:30,31 And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you shall without fail deliver the children of Ammon into my hands...

1 Samuel 1:11,28 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me...

1 Samuel 14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying...

2 Samuel 15:8 For your servant vowed a vow while I stayed at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem...

Nehemiah 9:1-10:39 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackcloths...

Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

Psalm 56:12 Your vows are on me, O God: I will render praises to you.

Psalm 61:5,8 For you, O God, have heard my vows: you have given me the heritage of those that fear your name...

Psalm 66:13 I will go into your house with burnt offerings: I will pay you my vows,

Psalm 76:11 Vow, and pay to the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents to him that ought to be feared.

Psalm 116:14,18 I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all his people...

Psalm 119:106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep your righteous judgments.

Psalm 132:2 How he swore to the LORD, and vowed to the mighty God of Jacob;

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools...

Isaiah 19:21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yes...

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brothers, and sailed there into Syria...

Acts 23:12-15 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse...

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Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land...

will give.

1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

The Heavenly Pathway and the Earthly Heart
'And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Jacob's Waking Exclamation
I would address you this morning upon a topic which may perhaps be as useful to us as to Jacob, if God the Holy Ghost shall but enable me to preach, and you to hear. Oh thou that art everywhere, be speedily now; be thou in this place, and may we know it, and tremble in thy presence. I shall speak on three points; first, the omnipresence of God--the doctrine of it; secondly, a recognition of that omnipresence, or the spirit which is necessary in order to discover the presence of God; and thirdly,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Covenanting Performed in Former Ages with Approbation from Above.
That the Lord gave special token of his approbation of the exercise of Covenanting, it belongs to this place to show. His approval of the duty was seen when he unfolded the promises of the Everlasting Covenant to his people, while they endeavoured to perform it; and his approval thereof is continually seen in his fulfilment to them of these promises. The special manifestations of his regard, made to them while attending to the service before him, belonged to one or other, or both, of those exhibitions
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

There are few subjects on which the Lord's own people are more astray than on the subject of giving. They profess to take the Bible as their own rule of faith and practice, and yet in the matter of Christian finance, the vast majority have utterly ignored its plain teachings and have tried every substitute the carnal mind could devise; therefore it is no wonder that the majority of Christian enterprises in the world today are handicapped and crippled through the lack of funds. Is our giving to be
Arthur W. Pink—Tithing

Cross References
1 Timothy 6:8
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Genesis 28:15
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

Genesis 31:13
I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.'"

Genesis 35:3
Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone."

Numbers 21:2
Then Israel made this vow to the LORD: "If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy their cities."

Judges 11:30
And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD: "If you give the Ammonites into my hands,

2 Samuel 15:8
While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: 'If the LORD takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the LORD in Hebron.'"

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