So Isaac called for Jacob and gave him another blessing.
“You must not marry any of these Canaanite women. Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram and marry one of your cousins. May God bless you and give you many inbred children. Nations, descendants, all that jazz. Oh, and lots of land.”
So Jacob went to live with his uncle Laban.
Esau knew Jacob had gone to live with Laban and that Isaac disliked Canaanite women. So Esau married his cousin Mahalath, one of Ishmael’s daughters.
Meanwhile, Jacob stopped to camp on his journey. He used a stone as a pillow and dreamed of a stairway to heaven. He saw angels going up and down the stairway.
God stood at the top of the stairs and gave Jacob another blessing. “[insert standard blessing here].”
Jacob awoke and said “God is here and I didn’t even know!” But he was also scared. “What an awesome place! This is the house of God, the gateway to heaven!”
The next morning Jacob took the stone he’d used as a pillow and set it upright as a memorial. Then he poured olive oil over it and renamed the place Bethel, meaning “house of God.”
Then Jacob made this vow: “If God protects me on this journey, provides me food and clothing, and safely returns me to my father’s home, then he will certainly be my God. And this memorial will become a place of worshiping God, and I will present God a tenth of everything he gives me.” (Imagine the blessings he’ll receive after he accepts God.)