Genesis 31

1And Jacob heard the words of the sons of Laban, saying, Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and of our father's property has he gotten all this glory. 2And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and behold it was not favorable toward him as before. 3And the Lord said to Jacob, Return to the land of your father, and to your family, and I will be with you. 4And Jacob sent and called Leah and Rachel to the plain where the flocks were. 5And he said to them, I see the face of your father, that it is not favorable toward me as before, but the God of my father was with me. 6And you too know that with all my might I have served your father. 7But your father deceived me, and changed my wages for the ten lambs, yet God did not give him the power to hurt me. 8If he should say thus, The speckled shall be your reward, then all the cattle would bear speckled; and if he should say, The white shall be your reward, then would all the cattle bear white. 9So God has taken away all the cattle of your father, and given them to me. 10And it came to pass when the cattle conceived and were with young, that I beheld with my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats and the rams leaping on the sheep and the female goats, speckled and streaked and spotted with ash-colored spots. 11And the Angel of God said to me in a dream, Jacob; and I said, What is it? 12And He said, Look up with your eyes, and behold the male goats and the rams leaping on the sheep and the female goats, speckled and streaked and spotted with ash-colored spots; for I have seen all things that Laban does to you. 13I am God that appeared to you in the place of God where you anointed a pillar to Me, and vowed to Me there a vow; now then arise and depart out of this land, depart into the land of your nativity, and I will be with you. 14And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Have we yet a part or inheritance in the house of our father? 15Are we not considered strangers by him? For he has sold us, and quite devoured our money. 16All the wealth and the glory which God has taken from our father, it shall be ours, and our children's; now then do whatever God has said to you. 17And Jacob arose and took his wives and his children up on the camels; 18and he took away all his possessions and all his store, which he had gotten in Mesopotamia, and all that belonged to him, to depart to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan. 19And Laban went to shear his sheep; and Rachel stole her father's idols. 20And Jacob hid the matter from Laban the Syrian, so as not to tell him that he ran away. 21And he departed, himself and all that belonged to him, and passed over the river, and went into the mountain of Gilead. 22But it was told Laban the Syrian on the third day that Jacob had fled. 23And having taken his brothers with him, he pursued after him seven days' journey, and overtook him on Mount Gilead. 24And God came to Laban the Syrian in sleep by night, and said to him, Take heed to yourself that you do not speak evil things to Jacob at any time. 25And Laban overtook Jacob; and Jacob pitched his tent in the mountain; and Laban stationed his brothers in the mountains of Gilead. 26And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done? Why did you run away secretly, and pillage me, and lead away my daughters as captives taken with the sword? 27If you had told me, I would have sent you away with joy, and with songs, with timbrel and harp. 28And I was not counted worthy to embrace my children and my daughters. Now then you have done foolishly. 29And now my hand has the power to hurt you; but the God of your father spoke to me yesterday, saying, Take heed to yourself that you speak no evil words to Jacob. 30Now then go on your way, for you have earnestly desired to depart to the house of your father; but why have you stolen my gods? 31And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid; for I said, Lest at any time you should take away your daughters from me, and all my possessions. 32And Jacob said, With whomever you shall find your gods, he shall not live in the presence of our brethren; take notice of what I have of your property, and take it; and he observed nothing with him, but Jacob knew not that his wife Rachel had stolen them. 33And Laban went in and searched in the house of Leah, and did not found them; and he went out of the house of Leah, and searched in the house of Jacob, and in the house of the two maid-servants, and did not found them; and he went also into the house of Rachel. 34And Rachel took the idols, and cast them among the camel's packs, and sat upon them. 35And she said to her father, Be not indignant, Sir; I cannot rise up before you, for it is with me according to the manner of women. Laban searched in all the house, and did not find the images. 36And Jacob was angry, and contended with Laban; and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my injustice, and what is my sin, that you have pursued after me, 37and that you have searched all the furniture of my house? What have you found of all the furniture of your house? Set it here between your relations and my relations, and let them decide between us two. 38These twenty years have I been with you; your sheep, and your female goats have not failed in bearing; and I have not eaten the rams of your cattle. 39That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I made good of myself the thefts of the day, and the thefts of the night. 40I was parched with heat by day, and chilled with frost by night, and my sleep departed from my eyes. 41These twenty years have I been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years among your sheep, and you falsely changed my wages for ten lambs. 42Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed; but God saw my humiliation, and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you yesterday. 43And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons my sons, and the cattle are my cattle, and all things which you see are mine, and the property of my daughters; what shall I do to them today, or their children which they bore? 44Now then come, let me make a covenant, both you and I, and it shall be for a witness between me and you; and he said to him, Behold, there is no one with us; behold, God is witness between me and you. 45And Jacob, having taken a stone, set it up for a pillar. 46And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones; and they gathered stones and made a heap, and ate there upon the heap; and Laban said to him, This heap witnesses between me and you this day. 47And Laban called it, the Heap of Testimony; and Jacob called it, the Witness Heap. 48And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and the pillar, which I have set between me and you; this heap witnesses, and this pillar witnesses; therefore its name was called, The Heap Witnesses. 49And the vision of which he said, Let God look to it between me and you, because we are about to depart from each other. 50If you shall humble my daughters, if you should take wives in addition to my daughters, see, there is no one with us looking on. God is witness between me and you. 51And Laban said to Jacob, Behold, this heap and this pillar are a witness. 52For if I should not cross over unto you, neither should you cross over to me, for mischief beyond this heap and this pillar. 53The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor judge between us; and Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac. 54And he offered a sacrifice in the mountain, and called his brethren, and they ate and drank, and slept in the mountain. 55And Laban rose up in the morning, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban, having turned back, departed to his place.
Copyright information for AB