Genesis 31

Jacob Leaves Secretly for Canaan

Lit he
Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, “Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s, and from what belonged to our father he has made all this
Lit glory
2Jacob saw the
Lit face
attitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly.
3Then the  Lord said to Jacob, d  Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and e  I will be with you.” 4So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field, 5and said to them, f  I see your father’s
Lit face
attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but h  the God of my father has been with me.
6 i  You know that I have served your father with all my strength. 7Yet your father has j  cheated me and k  changed my wages ten times; however, l  God did not allow him to hurt me. 8If m  he spoke thus, ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then all the flock brought forth speckled; and if he spoke thus, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock brought forth striped. 9Thus God has n  taken away your father’s livestock and given them to me. 10And it came about at the time when the flock were
Or conceiving
mating that I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which were
Lit leaping upon the flock
mating were striped, speckled, and mottled.
11“Then q  the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am.’ 12He said, ‘Lift up now your eyes and see that all the male goats which are
Lit leaping upon the flock
mating are striped, speckled, and mottled; for s  I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
13‘I am t  the God of Bethel, where you u  anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise,
Lit go out from
leave this land, and w  return to the land of your birth.’”
14Rachel and Leah said to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house? 15Are we not reckoned by him as foreigners? For x  he has sold us, and has also
I.e. enjoyed the benefit of
entirely consumed
Lit our money
our purchase price.
16Surely all the wealth which God has taken away from our father belongs to us and our children; now then, do whatever God has said to you.”

17Then Jacob arose and put his children and his wives upon camels; 18and he drove away all his livestock and all his property which he had gathered, his acquired livestock which he had gathered in Paddan-aram aa  to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac. 19When Laban had gone to shear his flock, then Rachel stole the
Heb teraphim
ac  household idols that were her father’s.
20And Jacob
Lit stole the heart of
deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him that he was fleeing.
21So he fled with all that he had; and he arose and crossed the Euphrates River, and set his face toward the hill country of ae  Gilead.

Laban Pursues Jacob

22When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, 23then he took his
Lit brothers
kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days’ journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.
24 ag  God came to Laban the Aramean in a ah  dream of the night and said to him,
Lit Take heed to yourself
aj  Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad.”

25Laban caught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his
Lit brothers
kinsmen camped in the hill country of Gilead.
26Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done
Lit and you have stolen my heart
by deceiving me and carrying away my daughters like captives of the sword?
27Why did you flee secretly and
Lit steal me
deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with an  timbrel and with ao  lyre;
28and did not allow me ap  to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly. 29“It is in
Lit the power of my hand
my power to do you harm, but ar  the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘
Lit Take heed to yourself
at  Be careful not to speak either good or bad to Jacob.’
30Now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father’s house; but why did you steal au  my gods?” 31Then Jacob replied to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force. 32 av  The one with whom you find your gods shall not live; in the presence of our
Lit brothers
Lit recognize
point out what is yours
Lit with me
among my belongings and take it for yourself.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

33So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s tent. 34Now Rachel had taken the
Heb teraphim
household idols and put them in the camel’s saddle, and she sat on them. And Laban felt through all the tent but did not find them.
35She said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot ba  rise before you, for the manner of women is upon me.” So he searched but did not find the
Heb teraphim
bc  household idols.

36Then Jacob became angry and contended with Laban; and Jacob said to Laban, “What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me? 37Though you have felt through all my goods, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my
Lit brothers
kinsmen and your
Lit brothers
kinsmen, that they may decide between us two.
38These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks. 39That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40Thus I was: by day the
Or drought
heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
41These twenty years I have been in your house; bg  I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you bh  changed my wages ten times. 42If bi  the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. bj  God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He bk  rendered judgment last night.”

The Covenant of Mizpah

43Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and bl  the 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 whom they have borne? 44So now come, let us bm  make a covenant,
Lit I and you
you and I, and bo  let it be a witness between
Lit me and you
you and me.”
45Then Jacob took bq  a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46Jacob said to his
Lit brothers
kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.
47Now Laban bs  called it
I.e. the heap of witness, in Aram
Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it
I.e. the heap of witness, in Heb
48Laban said bv  This heap is a witness between
Lit me and you
you and me this day.” Therefore it was named Galeed,
Lit the Mizpah; i.e. the watchtower
by  Mizpah, for he said, “May the  Lord watch between
Lit me and you
you and me when we are
Lit hidden
absent one from the other.
50If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, cb  God is witness between
Lit me and you
you and me.”
51Laban said to Jacob, “Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between
Lit me and you
you and me.
52This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. 53 ce  The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father cf  judge between us.” So Jacob swore by cg  the fear of his father Isaac. 54Then Jacob ch  offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his
Lit brothers
kinsmen to
Lit eat bread
the meal; and they ate
Lit bread
the meal and spent the night on the mountain.
Ch 32:1 in Heb
Early in the morning Laban arose, and cm  kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.
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