Genesis 31


Jacob's Flight from Laban

1[3heard 1And 2Jacob] the utterances of the sons of Laban, saying, Jacob has taken all the things of our father. And by the things of our father he has produced all this glory. 2And Jacob saw the face of Laban; and behold, he was not for him as yesterday and the third day before. 3[3said 1And 2the  lord] to Jacob, Return to the land of your father, and to your family! and I will be with you. 4[3sending 1And 2Jacob], called Leah and Rachel to the plain where [3were 1the 2flocks]. 5And he said to them, I see the face of your father, that it is not towards me as yesterday and the third day before. But the God of my father was with me. 6[2also 3you yourselves 1But] know that with all my strength I have served to your father. 7 But your father cheated me, and bartered my wage for the ten lambs. And [4did not 5give 6to him 1the 2God 3of my father] the power to do evil against me. 8If thus he should have said, The colored will be your wage, then [4would bear 1all 2the 3flocks] colored. And if he should have said, The white will be your wage, then [4would bear 1all 2the 3flocks] white. 9And God removed all the herds of your father, and he gave them to me. 10And it came to pass when [3were stimulated 1the 2flocks], in the womb conceiving, that I saw [2with 3my eyes 1them] in sleep. And behold, the he-goats and the rams ascended upon the flocks, and the she-goats white-mixed and colored and ashen speckled. 11And [4said 5to me 1the 2angel 3of God] during sleep, Jacob. And I said, What is it? 12And he said, Look up with your eyes, and see the he-goats and the rams ascending upon the flocks, and the she-goats -- white-mixed and colored and ashen speckled! For I have seen as much as [3to you 1Laban 2does]. 13I am God, the one appearing to you in the place of God, of which you anointed to me there a monument, and vowed to me there a vow. Now then, rise up and go forth from out of this land! And go forth into the land of your birth! 14And answering Rachel and Leah said to him, Is there not to us still a portion or inheritance in the house of our father? 15Are we not [2as 3the 4aliens 1considered] to him? For he has sold us, and by eating up a thing devoured our silver. 16All the riches and the glory which [4removed 1the 2God 3of our father] will be ours and our children's. Now then as much as [2has said to you 1God], you do! 17[3rising up 1And 2Jacob], took his wives, and his children upon the camels. 18And he took away all his possessions, and all his belongings, which he procured in Mesopotamia, and all his things to go forth to Isaac his father, in the land of Canaan. 19And Laban set out to shear his flocks, [3stole 1and 2Rachel] the idols of her father. 20[3hid the fact from 1And 2Jacob] Laban the Syrian, so as not to announce to him that he is running away. 21And he ran away, himself and all of his. And he passed over the river, and he advanced unto the mountain of Gilead. 22And it was announced to Laban the Syrian on the [2day 1third] that Jacob ran away. 23And taking all the ones of his brethren with himself, he pursued after him [3journey 2days 1seven]. And he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. 24[3came 1And 2God] to Laban the Syrian during sleep in the night, and he said to him, Guard! lest at any time you should speak [2against 3Jacob 1evil].

Laban Quarrels with Jacob

25And Laban overtook Jacob. And Jacob pitched his tent in the mountain. And Laban stationed his brethren in the mountain of Gilead. 26[3said 1And 2Laban] to Jacob, What did you do? Why did you secretly run away, and ransacked me, and took away my daughters as captives taken by sword? 27For if you announced to me, I would have sent out even you with gladness, and with music, and tambourines, and harps. 28And not am I worthy to kiss my children, and my daughters. Now then [2unwisely 1you acted]. 29And now [2is strong 1my hand] to do evil against you. But the God of your father yesterday said to me, saying, Guard yourself! lest at any time you should speak [2against 3Jacob 1evil]. 30Now then, you go! For with desire you desired to go forth unto the house of your father; why did you steal my gods? 31And answering Jacob said to Laban, For I said, Lest at any time you should remove your daughters from me, and all my things. 32And Jacob said, By whomsoever you should find your gods, he shall not live before our brethren. Recognize what is from me of the things of yours, and take them! And he did not recognize among what was his -- not one thing. [3did not 4know 1But 2Jacob] that Rachel his wife stole them. 33And entering, Laban searched in the house of Leah, and he did not find. And he came forth from out of the house of Leah, and he searched the house of Jacob, and in the house of the two maidservants, and he did not find. And he entered also into the house of Rachel. 34And Rachel took the idols, and put them in the packsaddles of the camel, and sat on them. 35And she said to her father, Do not [2heavily 1bear], O master, I shall not be able to rise up before you, for the custom of women is to me. [3searched 1And 2Laban] in the entire house, and he did not find the idols. 36[3was provoked to anger 1And 2Jacob], and he quarreled with Laban. And responding Jacob said to Laban, What is my offence? and what is my sin, that you pursued after me? 37and that you searched all the items of my house? What did you find from all the items of your house? Put here before your brethren and my brethren, and let them reprove between the two of us! 38These twenty years I am with you; your flocks and your goats were not barren, and the rams of your flocks I did not eat. 39That taken by wild beasts I have not brought to you. I paid for them by myself, even thefts by day, and thefts by night. 40I was [4by day 1burning with 2the 3sweltering heat], and with the icy coldness of the night. And [3departed 2sleep 1my] from my eyes. 41These twenty years I am in your residence. I served you fourteen years for [2two 3daughters 1your], and six years among your sheep, and you cheated my wage by ten ewe-lambs. 42Unless the God of my father Abraham, and the fear of Isaac was with me, now then would [2me empty 1you have sent]. My humiliation and the toil of my hands God saw, and he reproved you yesterday. 43And responding Laban said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons my sons, and the cattle my cattle; and all as much as you see is mine, and the property of my daughters. What shall I do with these women today or the children of them whom they bore?

Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant

44Now then, come here, we should ordain a covenant, I and you, and it will be a testimony between me and you. 45[3taking 1And 2Jacob] a stone, established it as a monument; 46[3said 1And 2Jacob] to his brethren, Collect together stones! And they collected together stones. And they made a hill. And they ate there upon the hill. 47And [2called 3it 1Laban], Hill of the Witness, but Jacob called it, The Hill is Witness. 48[3said 1And 2Laban], this hill witnesses between me and you today. Because of this [5was called 1the 2name 3of the 4place], Hill Witnesses. 49And the vision, which he said, Let God look between me and you, is that we will leave the other from the other. 50If you shall humble my daughters, if you should take wives over my daughters, you see no one [2with 3us 1is] seeing -- God is witness between me and between you. 51And Laban said to Jacob, Behold, this hill, and the monument which I stood between me and you; 52[2witnesses 1this hill], and the monument which I stood -- it witnesses. For if I pass over, I to you, neither shall you pass over to me beyond this hill and this monument, for evil. 53The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor judges between us. 54And Jacob swore by an oath according to the fear of his father Isaac. And he sacrificed a sacrifice in the mountain, and he called his brethren; and they ate and drank, and they went to sleep in the mountain. 55[3rising up 1And 2Laban] in the morning, kissed the sons and daughters of his, and he blessed them. And Laban turned and went forth to his place.
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