1 The Praise of a Canticle, of David. Whoever dwells with the assistance of the Most High will abide in the protection of the God of heaven.
2 He will say to the Lord, "You are my supporter and my refuge." My God, I will hope in him.
3 For he has freed me from the snare of those who go hunting, and from the harsh word.
4 He will overshadow you with his shoulders, and you will hope under his wings.
5 His truth will surround you with a shield. You will not be afraid: before the terror of the night,
6 before the arrow flying in the day, before the troubles that wander in the darkness, nor of invasion and the midday demon.
7 A thousand will fall before your side and ten thousand before your right hand. Yet it will not draw near you.
8 So then, truly, you will consider with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of sinners.
9 For you, O Lord, are my hope. You have set the Most High as your refuge.
10 Disaster will not draw near to you, and the scourge will not approach your tabernacle.
11 For he has given his Angels charge over you, so as to preserve you in all your ways.
12 With their hands, they will carry you, lest you hurt your foot against a stone.
13 You will walk over the asp and the king serpent, and you will trample the lion and the dragon.
14 Because he has hoped in me, I will free him. I will protect him because he has known my name.
15 He will cry out to me, and I will heed him. I am with him in tribulation. I will rescue him, and I will glorify him.
10 Meanwhile Jacob, having departed from Beersheba, continued on to Haran.
11 And when he had arrived at a certain place, where he would rest after the setting of the sun, he took some of the stones that lay there, and placing them under his head, he slept in the same place.
12 And he saw in his sleep: a ladder standing upon the earth, with its top touching heaven, also, the Angels of God ascending and descending by it,
13 and the Lord, leaning upon the ladder, saying to him: "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac. The land, in which you sleep, I will give to you and to your offspring.
14 And your offspring will be like the dust of the earth. You will spread abroad to the West, and to the East, and to the North, and to the Meridian. And in you and in your offspring, all the tribes of the earth shall be blessed.
15 And I will be your guardian wherever you will journey, and I will bring you back into this land. Neither will I dismiss you, until I have accomplished all that I have said."
16 And when Jacob had awakened from sleep, he said, "Truly, the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it."
17 And being terrified, he said: "How terrible this place is! This is nothing other than the house of God and the gateway of heaven."
18 Therefore, Jacob, arising in the morning, took the stone which he had placed under his head, and he set it up as monument, pouring oil over it.
19 And he called the name of the city, 'Bethel,' which before was called Luz.
20 And then he made a vow, saying: "If God will be with me, and will guard me along the way by which I walk, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,
21 and if I will return prosperously to my father's house, then the Lord will be my God,
22 and this stone, which I have set up as a monument, will be called 'the House of God.'
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