Jacob upon displeasure departeth secretly.
Genesis 31:1 Then heard he the words of the sons of Laban, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that belonged to our father; Yea, out of what belonged to our father, hath he made all this wealth. Genesis 31:2 And Jacob looked upon the face of Laban,and lo! it was not with him as aforetime. Genesis 31:3 Then said Yahweh unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred,that I may be with thee. Genesis 31:4 So Jacob sent, and called for Rachel and for Leah,to the field, unto his flock; Genesis 31:5 and said to them, Beholding, am I, the face of your father, that it is not towards me as aforetime,nevertheless, the God of my father, hath been with me; Genesis 31:6 and, ye, know that, with all my vigour, have I served your father. Genesis 31:7 But, your father, hath deceived me, and hath changed my wages ten times,yet God hath not suffered him to deal harmfully with me. Genesis 31:8 If thus he saith, The speckled, shall be thy wages, then do all the flock bring forth speckled,But, if thus he saith, The ring-straked, shall be thy wages, then do all the flock bring forth ring-straked. Genesis 31:9 So hath God stripped away the herds of your father, and given them to me. Genesis 31:10 And it came to pass, in the season when the flock were in heat, then lifted I mine eyes, and beheld in a dream,and lo! the he-goats that were leaping upon the flock, were ring-straked, speckled, and dappled. Genesis 31:11 And the messenger of God said unto me in a dream, Jacob! and I said, Behold me! Genesis 31:12 Then he said, Lift, I pray thee, thine eyes and behold, All the he-goats that are leaping upon the flock, are ring-straked, speckled, and dappled,for I have seen all that, Laban, has been doing to thee. Genesis 31:13 I, am the GOD of Bethel, where thou didst anoint a pillar, where thou didst vow to me a vow,Now, rise, go forth out of this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred. Genesis 31:14 Then responded Rachel and Leah, and said to him,Have we any longer a portion or an inheritance, in the house of our father? Genesis 31:15 Are we not accounted, aliens, to him, seeing that, having sold us, he hath then gone on, devouring, our silver? Genesis 31:16 Surely, all the riches which God hath stripped off from our father, unto us, it belongeth, and unto our sons,Now, therefore, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
Genesis 31:17 So Jacob arose,and mounted his sons and his wives on the camels; Genesis 31:18 and drave away all his herds, and all his goods which he had gathered, the gains he had gained, which he had gathered in Padan-aram; that he might go in unto Isaac his father, unto the land of Canaan.
Rachel stealeth her father's images.
Genesis 31:19 Now, Laban, had gone, to shear his sheep,so Rachel stole the household gods that belonged to her father. Genesis 31:20 Thus Jacob stole away unawares to Laban, the Syrian,in that he had not told him that he was, about to flee. Genesis 31:21 So he fled, heand all that he had, and he arose, and passed over the River,and set his face towards the mountain of Gilead.
Laban pursueth after Jacob,
Genesis 31:22 And it was told Laban, on the third day,that Jacob had fled. Genesis 31:23 So he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him, a journey of seven days,and overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. Genesis 31:24 And God went in unto Laban the Syrian, in a dream of the night,and said to him, Take heed to thyself, that thou speak not with Jacob, either good or bad.
Genesis 31:25 So then Laban came up with Jacob,Jacob, having pitched his tent in the mountain, Laban, also, with his brethren, pitched in the mountain of Gilead.
and complaineth of the wrong.
Genesis 31:26 Then said Laban to Jacob, What hadst thou done, that thou shouldst steal away unawares to me,and shouldst carry off my daughters, as captives of the sword? Genesis 31:27 Wherefore didst thou secretly, flee, and rob me,and didst not tell me, that I might send thee away with rejoicing and with songs, with timbrel and with lyre; Genesis 31:28 and didst not suffer me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now, hast thou done, foolishly. Genesis 31:29 It is in the power of my hand, to deal with thee for harm,but, the God of your father, last night, spake unto me, saying, Take heed to thyself that thou speak not with Jacob, either good or bad. Genesis 31:30 But, now, though thou, didst even take thy journey, because thou, didst sorely long, for the house of thy father, wherefore didst thou steal away my gods? Genesis 31:31 And Jacob answered and said unto Laban,Because I was afraid, for I said, Lest thou take by force thy daughters from me! Genesis 31:32 He with whom thou find thy gods, shall not live! Before our brethren, note thou for thyself what is with me, and take what is thine. Neither did Jacob know that, Rachel, had stolen them. Genesis 31:33 Then entered Laban into the tent of Jacob and into the tent of Leah and into the tent of the two handmaids, and found nothing,then went he forth out of the tent of Leah, and entered into the tent of Rachel.
Rachel's policy to hide the images.
Genesis 31:34 Now, Rachel, had taken the household gods and put them in the basket-saddle of the camel, and taken her seat upon them. And Laban felt about throughout all the tent, and found them not. Genesis 31:35 And she said unto her father, Let it not be vexing in the eyes of my lord, that I cannot rise up at thy presence, for, the way of women, is upon me. So he made search, but found not the household gods.
Jacob's complaint of Laban.
Genesis 31:36 And it was vexing to Jacob, and he contended with Laban,and Jacob responded, and said to Laban, What was my trespass, what my sin, that thou shouldst have come burning after me? Genesis 31:37 Now that thou hast felt about among all my goods, what hast thou found of the goods of thine own house? Set it out here, right before my brethren and thy brethren,that they may give sentence betwixt us two. Genesis 31:38 This twenty years' time, have, I, been with theeThy ewes and thy she-goats, have not cast their young,And the rams of thy flock, have I not eaten, Genesis 31:39 The torn, have I not brought in unto theeI, bare the loss, At my hand, didst thou require it,Stolen by day, or stolen by night. Genesis 31:40 Thus have I beenBy day, drought hath consumed me, And, frost, by, night,So that my sleep fled away from mine eyes. Genesis 31:41 This, hath been my lot twenty years, in thy house,I served thee fourteen years, for thy two daughters, And six years, for thy sheepAnd thou didst change my wages ten times: Genesis 31:42 But that the God of my fatherThe God of Abraham, and the Dread of IsaacProved to be mine, Surely, even now, empty, hadst thou let me go? My humiliation and the wearying toil of my hands, God had seen, And therefore gave sentence last night!
The covenant of Laban and Jacob at Galeed.
Genesis 31:43 Then responded Laban and said unto JacobThe daughters, are my, daughters, And, the sons, are my, sons, And, the sheep, are my, sheep, And, all that, thou, beholdest, To me, doth it belong! But, to my daughters, what can I do to these, this day, Or to their sons, whom they have borne? Genesis 31:44 Now, therefore, come on! Let us solemnise a covenant, I and thou,So shall it be a witness betwixt me and thee. Genesis 31:45 So Jacob took a stone,and set it up as a pillar. Genesis 31:46 Then said Jacob to his brethrenGather stones. And they took stones, and made a heap,and they did eat there, by the heap. Genesis 31:47 And Laban called it, Jegar-sahadutha,but, Jacob, called it, Galeed. Genesis 31:48 Then said Laban: This heap, be witness, betwixt me and thee, today. For this cause, is the name thereof called, Galeed; Genesis 31:49 also The Watch Tower, as to which it is said, Yahweh watch betwixt me and thee, when we are parted one from another. Genesis 31:50 If thou oppress my daughters, or if thou take wives besides my daughters,there may be no man with ussee! God, be witness betwixt me and thee! Genesis 31:51 And Laban said to JacobBehold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have set betwixt me and thee: Genesis 31:52 A witness, be this heap, and, a witness, the pillar,That, I, am not to pass, unto thee, over this heap, And, thou, art not to pass, unto me, over this heap and this pillar, for harm. Genesis 31:53 The Gods of Abraham and the Gods of Nahor judge betwixt usthe Gods of their fathers. And Jacob sware by the Dread of his father Isaac; Genesis 31:54 and Jacob offered sacrifice in the mountain, and called on his brethren to eat bread. So they did eat bread, and tarried the night in the mountain. Genesis 31:55 And Laban rose up early in the morning, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban went his way and returned to his place.