Genesis 31:30
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New International Version
Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's household. But why did you steal my gods?"

New Living Translation
I can understand your feeling that you must go, and your intense longing for your father's home. But why have you stolen my gods?"

English Standard Version
And now you have gone away because you longed greatly for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?”

New American Standard Bible
"Now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father's house; but why did you steal my gods?"

King James Bible
And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now you have gone off because you long for your father--but why have you stolen my gods?"

International Standard Version
Now, you can go if you must go, because you certainly are longing to go to your father's house. But why did you steal my gods?"

NET Bible
Now I understand that you have gone away because you longed desperately for your father's house. Yet why did you steal my gods?"

New Heart English Bible
Now, you want to be gone, because you greatly longed for your father's house, but why have you stolen my gods?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now you have left for your father's home because you were so homesick. But why did you steal my gods?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now that thou art surely gone, because thou sore longest after thy father's house, wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?'

New American Standard 1977
“And now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father’s house; but why did you steal my gods?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, that thou art leaving, because thy desire is after thy father's house, yet why hast thou stolen my gods?

King James 2000 Bible
And now, though you would wish to be gone, because you greatly longed after your father's house, yet why have you stolen my gods?

American King James Version
And now, though you would needs be gone, because you sore longed after your father's house, yet why have you stolen my gods?

American Standard Version
And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Suppose thou didst desire to go to thy friends, and hadst a longing after thy father's house: why hast thou stolen away my gods?

Darby Bible Translation
And now that thou must needs be gone, because thou greatly longedst after thy father's house, why hast thou stolen my gods?

English Revised Version
And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

World English Bible
Now, you want to be gone, because you greatly longed for your father's house, but why have you stolen my gods?"

Young's Literal Translation
'And now, thou hast certainly gone, because thou hast been very desirous for the house of thy father; why hast thou stolen my gods?'
Study Bible
Laban Pursues Jacob
29"It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Be careful not to speak either good or bad to Jacob.' 30"Now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father's house; but why did you steal my gods?" 31Then Jacob replied to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.…
Cross References
Genesis 31:19
When Laban had gone to shear his flock, then Rachel stole the household idols that were her father's.

Genesis 31:31
Then Jacob replied to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.

Genesis 35:2
So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments;

Joshua 24:2
Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods.

Judges 18:17
Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took the graven image and the ephod and household idols and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war.

Judges 18:24
He said, "You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and have gone away, and what do I have besides? So how can you say to me, 'What is the matter with you?'"

Ezekiel 21:21
"For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the household idols, he looks at the liver.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, though you would needs be gone, because you sore longed after your father's house, yet why have you stolen my gods?

my gods.

Genesis 31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images …

Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite …

Numbers 33:4 For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the LORD had …

Judges 6:31 And Joash said to all that stood against him, Will you plead for …

Judges 18:24 And he said, You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, …

1 Samuel 5:2-6 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the …

2 Samuel 5:21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.

Isaiah 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but …

Isaiah 46:1,2 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were on the beasts, and on …

Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shall you say to them, The gods that have not made the heavens …

Jeremiah 43:12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and …

And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone,.... Or, "in going wouldest go" (i), was determined upon it, and in haste to do it:

because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, or "desiring didst desire it" (k); had a vehement desire for it, which Laban signifies he should not have opposed, if he had let him know his mind: but be it so that he had ever so great desire to leave him and return to his father's house, says he:

yet, wherefore, hast thou stolen my gods? what reason had he for that? if he took away himself, his wives, his children, his goods, what business had he with his gods? he could not claim these as his, meaning the images or teraphim before mentioned, Genesis 31:19; by which it appears that Laban was some way or other guilty of idolatry in the use of these images; looking upon them as types, or representations of God, as Josephus (l) calls them, and worshipped God in them, or along with them and by them; for he could never think they were truly and really gods, that could not preserve themselves from being stolen away, and that must be a poor god that a man may be robbed of.

(i) "eundo ivisti", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius. (k) "desiderando desiderabis", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius, Piscator. (l) Antiqu. l. 1. c. 19. sect. 9. 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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