Jacob upon displeasure departeth secretly.
Genesis 31:1 And he heard the words of Labans sonnes, saying, Iacob hath taken away all that was our fathers; and of that which was of our fathers, hath hee gotten all this glory. Genesis 31:2 And Iacob behelde the countenance of Laban, and behold, it [was] not toward him as before. Genesis 31:3 And the LORD said vnto Iacob, Returne vnto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I wil be with thee. Genesis 31:4 And Iacob sent and called Rachel and Leah, to the field vnto his flocke, Genesis 31:5 And said vnto them, I see your fathers countenance, that it is not toward mee as before: but the God of my father hath bene with me. Genesis 31:6 And yee know, that with all my power I haue serued your father. Genesis 31:7 And your father hath deceiued mee, and changed my wages ten times: but God suffered him not to hurt me. Genesis 31:8 If hee said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages, then all the cattell bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ring-straked shalbe thy hire, then bare all the cattell ring-straked. Genesis 31:9 Thus God hath taken away the cattell of your father, and giuen [them] to mee. Genesis 31:10 And it came to passe at the time that the cattell conceiued, that I lifted vp mine eyes and saw in a dreame, and behold, the rammes which leaped vpon the cattell [were] ring-straked, speckled and grisled. Genesis 31:11 And the Angel of God spake vnto me in a dreame, [saying], Iacob; And I said, Here am I. Genesis 31:12 And hee said, Lift vp now thine eyes, and see, all the rammes which leape vpon the cattell [are] ring-straked, speckled and grisled: for I haue seene all that Laban doeth vnto thee. Genesis 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou annoyntedst the pillar, [and] where thou vowedst a vow vnto mee: now arise, get thee out from this land, and returne vnto the land of thy kindred. Genesis 31:14 And Rachel and Leah answered, and said vnto him; Is there yet any portion or inheritance for vs in our fathers house? Genesis 31:15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold vs, and hath quite deuoured also our money. Genesis 31:16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our childrens: now then whatsoeuer God hath said vnto thee, doe.
Genesis 31:17 Then Iacob rose vp, and set his sonnes and his wiues vpon camels. Genesis 31:18 And he caried away all his cattell, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattell of his getting, which hee had gotten in Padan Aram, for to goe to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
Rachel stealeth her father's images.
Genesis 31:19 And Laban went to sheare his sheepe: and Rachel had stollen the Images that [were] her fathers. Genesis 31:20 And Iacob stale away vnawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. Genesis 31:21 So hee fled with all that hee had, and he rose vp and passed ouer the Riuer, and set his face [toward] the mount Gilead.
Laban pursueth after Jacob,
Genesis 31:22 And it was tolde Laban on the third day, that Iacob was fled. Genesis 31:23 And hee tooke his brethren with him, and pursued after him seuen dayes iourney, and they ouertooke him in the mount Gilead. Genesis 31:24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dreame by night, and saide vnto him, Take heed that thou speake not to Iacob either good or bad.
Genesis 31:25 Then Laban ouertooke Iacob. Now Iacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount [of] Gilead.
and complaineth of the wrong.
Genesis 31:26 And Laban said to Iacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stollen away vnawares to me, and caried away my daughters, as captiues [taken] with the sword? Genesis 31:27 Wherefore didst thou flie away secretly, and steale away from me, and didst not tell mee? that I might haue sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harpe, Genesis 31:28 And hast not suffered me to kisse my sonnes and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in [so] doing. Genesis 31:29 It is in the power of my hand to doe you hurt: but the God of your father spake vnto mee yesternight, saying, Take thou heed, that thou speake not to Iacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:30 And now [though] thou wouldest needes bee gone, because thou sore longedst after thy fathers house; [yet] wherefore hast thou stollen my gods? Genesis 31:31 And Iacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peraduenture thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me. Genesis 31:32 With whomsoeuer thou findest thy gods, let him not liue: before our brethren discerne thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee: for Iacob knew not that Rachel had stollen them. Genesis 31:33 And Laban went into Iacobs tent, and into Leahs tent, and into the two maid seruants tents: but he found [them] not. Then went he out of Leahs tent, and entred into Rachels tent.
Rachel's policy to hide the images.
Genesis 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camels furniture, and sate vpon them: and Laban searched all the tent, but found [them] not. Genesis 31:35 And shee said to her father, Let it not displease my lord, that I cannot rise vp before thee; for the custome of women is vpon mee: and he searched, but found not the images.
Jacob's complaint of Laban.
Genesis 31:36 And Iacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Iacob answered and said to Laban, what is my trespasse? what [is] my sinne, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? Genesis 31:37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuffe, what hast thou found of all thy houshold stuffe? set it here before my brethren, and thy brethren, that they may iudge betwixt vs both. Genesis 31:38 This twentie yeeres [haue] I [bene] with thee: thy ewes and thy shee goates haue not cast their yong, and the rammes of thy flocke haue I not eaten. Genesis 31:39 That which was torne [of beasts], I brought not vnto thee: I bare the losse of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stollen by day, or stollen by night. Genesis 31:40 [Thus] I was in ye day, the drought consumed mee, and the frost by night, aud my sleep departed from mine eyes. Genesis 31:41 Thus have I bene twentie yeres in thy house: I serued thee fourteene yeeres for thy two daughters, and sixe yeres for thy cattel; and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Genesis 31:42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the feare of Isaac had bin with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now emptie: God hath seene mine affliction, and the labour of my hands, & rebuked [thee] yesternight.
The covenant of Laban and Jacob at Galeed.
Genesis 31:43 And Laban answered and said vnto Iacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattell are my cattell, and all that thou seest, is mine: and what can I doe this day vnto these my daughters, or vnto their children which they haue borne? Genesis 31:44 Now therefore come thou, let vs make a couenant, I and thou: and let it be for a witnesse betweene me and thee. Genesis 31:45 And Iacob tooke a stone, and set it vp for a pillar. Genesis 31:46 And Iacob saide vnto his brethren, Gather stones: and they tooke stones, and made an heape, and they did eate there vpon the heape. Genesis 31:47 And Laban called it Iegar-Sahadutha: but Iacob called it Galeed. Genesis 31:48 And Laban said, This heape is a witnesse betweene mee and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed, Genesis 31:49 And Mizpah: for he said, The LORD watch betweene me and thee when we are absent one from another. Genesis 31:50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take [other] wiues beside my daughters, no [man] is with vs; See, God is witnesse betwixt mee and thee. Genesis 31:51 And Laban said to Iacob, Behold this heape, and behold this pillar, which I haue cast betwixt me and thee. Genesis 31:52 This heape be witnesse, and this pillar be witnesse, that I will not passe ouer this heape to thee, and that thou shalt not passe ouer this heape, and this pillar vnto me, for harme. Genesis 31:53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, iudge betwixt vs. And Iacob sware by the feare of his father Isaac. Genesis 31:54 Then Iacob offred sacrifice vpon the mount, and called his brethren to eate bread, and they did eate bread, and taried all night in the mount. Genesis 31:55 And earely in the morning, Laban rose vp and kissed his sonnes, and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned vnto his place.