Jacob upon displeasure departeth secretly.
Genesis 31:1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that [was] our father's; and of [that] which [was] our father's hath he obtained all this glory. Genesis 31:2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and behold, it [was] not towards him as before. Genesis 31:3 And the LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. Genesis 31:4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field to his flock, Genesis 31:5 And said to them, I see your father's countenance, that it [is] not towards me as before: but the God of my father hath been with me. Genesis 31:6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. Genesis 31:7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times: but God suffered him not to hurt me. Genesis 31:8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bore speckled: and if he said thus, The ring-streaked shall be thy hire; then all the cattle bore ring-streaked. Genesis 31:9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me. Genesis 31:10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle [were] ring-streaked, speckled, and grizzled. Genesis 31:11 And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, [saying], Jacob: And I said, Here [am] I. Genesis 31:12 And he said, Lift up now thy eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle [are] ring-streaked, speckled, and grizzled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth to thee. Genesis 31:13 I [am] the God of Beth-el, where thou anointedst the pillar, [and] where thou vowedst to me a vow: now arise, depart from this land, and return to the land of thy kindred. Genesis 31:14 And Rachel and Leah answered, and said to him, [Is there] yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? Genesis 31:15 Are we not counted by him strangers; for he hath sold us, and hath quite consumed also our money. Genesis 31:16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that [is] ours, and our children's: now then whatever God hath said to thee, do.
Genesis 31:17 Then Jacob arose, and set his sons and his wives upon camels; Genesis 31:18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gained, the cattle of his getting, which he had gained in Padan-aram; to go to Isaac, his father, in the land of Canaan.
Rachel stealeth her father's images.
Genesis 31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep; and Rachel had stolen the images that [were] her father's. Genesis 31:20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he was about to depart. Genesis 31:21 So he fled with all that he had; and he arose, and passed over the river, and set his face [towards] the mount Gilead.
Laban pursueth after Jacob,
Genesis 31:22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled. Genesis 31:23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey: and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. Genesis 31:24 And God came to Laban, the Syrian, in a dream by night, and said to him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
Genesis 31:25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob 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 Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives [taken] with the sword? Genesis 31:27 Why didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? Genesis 31:28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons, and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in [so] doing. Genesis 31:29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spoke to me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Genesis 31:30 And now, [though] thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou didst earnestly long after thy father's house; [yet] why hast thou stolen my gods? Genesis 31:31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, It may be thou wouldest take thy daughters from me by force. Genesis 31:32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what [is] thine with me, and take [it] to thee: for Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. Genesis 31:33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maid-servants' tents; but he found [them] not. Then he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
Rachel's policy to hide the images.
Genesis 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found [them] not. Genesis 31:35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women [is] upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
Jacob's complaint of Laban.
Genesis 31:36 And Jacob was wroth, and chid with Laban: and Jacob answered, and said to Laban, What [is] my trespass? what [is] my sin, that thou hast so eagerly pursued after me? Genesis 31:37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household-stuff? set [it] here before my brethren, and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both. Genesis 31:38 These twenty years [have] I [been] with thee: thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten. Genesis 31:39 That which was torn by beasts, I brought not to thee; I bore the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, [whether] stolen by day, or stolen by night. Genesis 31:40 [Thus] I was; in the day the drouth consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from my eyes. Genesis 31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house: I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Genesis 31:42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac had been with me, surely thou hadst now sent me away empty. God hath seen my affliction, and the labor of my hands, and rebuked [thee] yesternight.
The covenant of Laban and Jacob at Galeed.
Genesis 31:43 And Laban answered, and said to Jacob, [These] daughters [are] my daughters, and [these] children [are] my children, and [these] cattle [are] my cattle, and all that thou seest [is] mine; and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children which they have borne? Genesis 31:44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee. Genesis 31:45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up [for] a pillar. Genesis 31:46 And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap. Genesis 31:47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed: Genesis 31:48 And Laban said, This heap [is] a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed: Genesis 31:49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between 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] wives besides my daughters; no man [is] with us; See, God [is] witness betwixt me and thee. Genesis 31:51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold [this] pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; Genesis 31:52 This heap [be] witness, and [this] pillar [be] witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. Genesis 31:53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. Genesis 31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they ate bread, and tarried all night in the mount. Genesis 31:55 And early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned to his place.