|Genesis 31 |
1 Now Jacob heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was our father's; he has gained all this wealth and glory from what belonged to our father."
2 And Jacob noticed the attitude of Laban was not as favorable toward him as it had been before.
3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you."
4 So Jacob called Rachel and Leah to the field, to his flock,
5 And said to them, "I see your father's attitude is not as favorable toward me as it was before; but the God of my father has been with me.
6 And you know that I have served your father with all my power.
7 But your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.
8 If he said: "The speckled animals shall be your wages, then all the flock bore speckled;" and if he said: "The streaked animals shall be your hire, then all that the flock bore were streaked."
9 So God has taken away the flocks of your father and given them to me.
10 And at the time that the flock conceived, I saw in a dream that the rams that mated with the flocks were streaked, speckled, and spotted.
11 And the angel of God spoke to me in the dream, saying, 'Jacob,' And I said, 'Here am I.'
12 And he said, 'Lift up your eyes and see, all the rams that mate with the flock are streaked, speckled, and spotted; for I have seen all that Laban does to you.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get out of this land and return to the land of your kindred.'"
14 Then Rachel and Leah said to him, "Is there any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
15 Are we not counted as strangers by him? For he has sold us and has also quite devoured our money.
16 For all the riches that God has taken from our father are really ours and our children's. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do it."
17 Then Jacob rose up and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
18 And he carried away all his livestock and all his possessions that he had gotten, his livestock, which he had gotten in Padanaram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
19 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the household gods that were her father's.
20 And Jacob slipped away unawares and did not tell Laban the Syrian that he was leaving.
21 So he fled with all that he had, and he rose up and crossed over the Euphrates River, and set out toward the hill country of Gilead.
22 And on the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
23 Then he took his brethren with him and pursued after him for seven days, and they overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.
24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream at night, and said to him, "Take heed that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad."
25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his brethren pitched theirs in the hills of Gilead also.
26 And Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done? You have stolen away unknown to me, and carried away my daughters like captives taken with the sword?
27 Why did you flee away secretly and steal away from me and not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with drum and with harp?
28 And have not allowed me to kiss my grandsons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly in doing this.
29 It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Take heed that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad.'
30 Now you have gone because you greatly longed for your father's house, but why have you stolen my gods?"
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, "Because I was afraid; for I thought, 'Suppose you would take your daughters from me by force.'
32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, let him not live. Identify before our brethren what is yours and take it with you." For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
33 So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the two maids' tents; but he did not find them. Then went he out of Leah's tent and into Rachel's tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the images and put them in the camel's saddle and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but did not find them.
35 And she said to her father, "Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before you, for the period of women is upon me." And he searched but did not find the gods.
36 Then Jacob was angry and argued with Laban. And Jacob said to Laban, "What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued me?
37 Although you have searched all my things, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my brethren and your brethren, so that they may judge between us.
38 These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your she goats have not lost their young, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock.
39 I did not bring to you animals that were was torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss of it; and you required payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or by night.
40 This is how I was; in the day the drought consumed me and by night the frost; and sleep departed from my eyes.
41 This is how it was for the twenty years in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks; and you have changed my wages ten times.
42 If the fear of the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the fear of Isaac, had not been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night."
43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, "These daughters are my daughters, these children are my grandchildren, these flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children they have born?
44 Therefore come now, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be for a witness between me and you."
45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar.
46 And Jacob said to his brethren, "Gather stones;" and they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.
47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
48 And Laban said, "This heap is a witness between me and you this day." Therefore the name of it was called Galeed [witness],
49 And the pillar was called Mizpah [watch], for he said, "May the LORD watch between me and you when we are absent one from another.
50 If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives beside my daughters, even though no man is with us, see, God is witness between me and you."
51 And Laban said to Jacob, "Behold this heap and this pillar, which I have set up between me and you.
52 This heap is a witness and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, to do harm.
53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, and the God of their father, judge between us." But Jacob swore by the fear of [the God of] his father Isaac.
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and called his brethren to eat food; and they ate and stayed all night on the mountain.
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up and kissed his grandsons and his daughters and blessed them. And Laban departed and returned to his home.
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