Genesis 31:22
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New International Version
On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.

New Living Translation
Three days later, Laban was told that Jacob had fled.

English Standard Version
When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,

New American Standard Bible
When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,

King James Bible
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.

International Standard Version
Three days later, somebody reported to Laban that Jacob had left,

NET Bible
Three days later Laban discovered Jacob had left.

New Heart English Bible
Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Two days later Laban was told that Jacob had left in a hurry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

New American Standard 1977
When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.

King James 2000 Bible
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

American King James Version
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

American Standard Version
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It was told Laban on the third day that Jacob fled.

Darby Bible Translation
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.

English Revised Version
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.

World English Bible
Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled.

Young's Literal Translation
And it is told to Laban on the third day that Jacob hath fled,
Study Bible
Laban Pursues Jacob
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 Gilead. 22When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, 23then he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days' journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.…
Cross References
Genesis 31:21
So he fled with all that he had; and he arose and crossed the Euphrates River, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

Genesis 31:23
then he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days' journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.
Treasury of Scripture

And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

Genesis 30:36 And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob: and Jacob …

Exodus 14:5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart …

Job 5:12,13 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot …

Verses 22, 23. - And it was told Laban on the third day - i.e. the third after Jacob's departure, the distance between the two sheep-stations being a three days' journey (vide Genesis 30:36) - that Jacob was fled. And he took his brethren - i.e. his kinsmen, or nearest relations (cf. Genesis 13:8; Genesis 29:15) - with him, and pursued after him (Jacob) seven days' journey (literally, a way of seven days); and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. The distance between Padan-aram and mount Gilead was a little over 300 miles, to perform which Jacob must at least have taken ten days, though Laban, who was less encumbered than his son-in-law, accomplished it in seven, which might easily be done by traveling from forty to forty-five miles a day, by no means a great feat for a camel. And it was told Laban on the third day, that Jacob was fled. Three days after Jacob was gone he had the report of it, by some means or another; by some of his neighbours, or servants left at home, and sooner he could not well have it, since the flock he went to shear was three days' distance from Jacob's, Genesis 30:36. Ge 31:22-55. Laban Pursues Jacob—Their Covenant at Gilead.

22-24. it was told Laban on the third day—No sooner did the news reach Laban than he set out in pursuit, and he being not encumbered, advanced rapidly; whereas Jacob, with a young family and numerous flocks, had to march slowly, so that he overtook the fugitives after seven days' journey as they lay encamped on the brow of mount Gilead, an extensive range of hills forming the eastern boundary of Canaan. Being accompanied by a number of his people, he might have used violence had he not been divinely warned in a dream to give no interruption to his nephew's journey. How striking and sudden a change! For several days he had been full of rage, and was now in eager anticipation that his vengeance would be fully wreaked, when lo! his hands are tied by invisible power (Ps 76:10). He did not dare to touch Jacob, but there was a war of words.31:22-35 God can put a bridle in the mouth of wicked men, to restrain their malice, though he do not change their hearts. Though they have no love to God's people, they will pretend to it, and try to make a merit of necessity. Foolish Laban! to call those things his gods which could be stolen! Enemies may steal our goods, but not our God. Here Laban lays to Jacob's charge things that he knew not. Those who commit their cause to God, are not forbidden to plead it themselves with meekness and fear. When we read of Rachel's stealing her father's images, what a scene of iniquity opens! The family of Nahor, who left the idolatrous Chaldees; is this family itself become idolatrous? It is even so. The truth seems to be, that they were like some in after-times, who sware by the Lord and by Malcham, Zep 1:5; and like others in our times, who wish to serve both God and mammon. Great numbers will acknowledge the true God in words, but their hearts and houses are the abodes of spiritual idolatry. When a man gives himself up to covetousness, like Laban, the world is his god; and he has only to reside among gross idolaters in order to become one, or at least a favourer of their abominations.
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