Genesis 35:16-20††† Birth of Benjamin and Death
16 Then they
journeyed from Bethel.
And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in
childbirth, and she had hard labor. 17
Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her,
"Do not fear; you will have this son also." 18 And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she
died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19 So Rachel died and was buried on
the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
20 And Jacob set a pillar on
her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.††† NKJV
Jacob is moving south from Bethel
toward his father in Hebron,
approximately 30 miles away.
As they approached Ephrath (Bethlehem), about 14
miles, Rachel travailed in childbirth and she had hard labor and the boy was
born as she was departing this life for she died, that she named him Ben Oni
(Son of my sorrow), but Jacob named him Benjamin (Son of my right hand).
Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath
Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the
pillar of Rachelís grave to this day.
It must be noted that the pillar of Rachelís
grave is a holy spot to the Jews in Israel
and a point of contention with the Palestinians who desecrate it when they gain
access to it because they claim the land for their
state and attempt to destroy all evidence that Israel was ever in the land.
The Palestinians of today claim Israel has no right to the land
of Shechem, Bethel,
or Hebron which are all significantly important
Israeli historical cities in the land God gave to Israel.