1. A. "So Rachel died and she was buried on the way to Ephrath, [that is, Bethlehem, and Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; it is the pillar of Rachel's tomb, which is there to this day. Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder]" (Gen. 35:16-21):

B. Why did Jacob bury Rachel on the way to Ephrath?

C. Jacob foresaw that the exiles would pass by there [en route to Babylonia].

D. Therefore he buried her there, so that she should seek mercy for them: "A voice is heard in Ramah . . . Rachel weeping for her children. . . . Thus says the Lord, 'Keep your voice from weeping . . . and there is hope for your future'" (Jer. 31:15-16).

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