Genesis 31:46
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New International Version
He said to his relatives, "Gather some stones." So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

New Living Translation
Then he told his family members, "Gather some stones." So they gathered stones and piled them in a heap. Then Jacob and Laban sat down beside the pile of stones to eat a covenant meal.

English Standard Version
And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

New American Standard Bible
Jacob said to his kinsmen, "Gather stones." So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

King James Bible
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jacob said to his relatives, "Gather stones." And they took stones and made a mound, then ate there by the mound.

International Standard Version
Then Jacob told his relatives, "Go gather some stones." So they picked up stones and stacked them one on top of the other. Then they had a meal together there by the stack of stones.

NET Bible
Then he said to his relatives, "Gather stones." So they brought stones and put them in a pile. They ate there by the pile of stones.

New Heart English Bible
Jacob said to his relatives, "Gather stones." They took stones, and made a heap. They ate there by the heap.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jacob said to his relatives, "Gather some stones." They took stones, put them into a pile, and ate there by the pile of stones.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jacob said unto his brethren: 'Gather stones'; and they took stones, and made a heap. And they did eat there by the heap.

New American Standard 1977
And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones and made a heap; and they ate there upon the heap.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.

American King James Version
And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there on the heap.

American Standard Version
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they did eat there by the heap.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to his brethren: Bring hither stones. And they gathering stones together, made a heap, and they ate upon it.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones. And they took stones, and made a heap, and ate there upon the heap.

English Revised Version
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there by the heap.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap.

World English Bible
Jacob said to his relatives, "Gather stones." They took stones, and made a heap. They ate there by the heap.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jacob saith to his brethren, 'Gather stones,' and they take stones, and make a heap; and they eat there on the heap;
Study Bible
Jacob's Covenant with Laban
45Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46Jacob said to his kinsmen, "Gather stones." So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47Now Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.…
Cross References
Genesis 31:45
Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.

Genesis 31:47
Now Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there on the heap.

brethren.

Genesis 31:23,32,37,54 And he took his brothers with him, and pursued after him seven days' …

Gather.

Joshua 4:5-9,20-24 And Joshua said to them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your …

Joshua 7:26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this day. So the …

2 Samuel 18:17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, …

Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; …

an heap. The word gal, rendered 'heap,' properly signifies a round heap or circle; probably like the Druidical remains in this country, which have been traced in India, Persia, Western Asia, Greece, and Northern Europe. These usually consist of irregular circles of large stones, with a principal one in the midst; the former probably being used for seats, and the latter for an altar; corresponding to the stone set up as a pillar by Jacob, and the heap of stones collected by his brethren. They appear to have been used, as Gilgal undoubtedly was, (Jos.

Genesis 4:5 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

1 Samuel 7:16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and …

1 Samuel 10:8 And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come …

1 Samuel 10:17 And Samuel called the people together to the LORD to Mizpeh;

1 Samuel 11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king …

1 Samuel 13:7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. …

1 Samuel 15:33 And Samuel said, As the sword has made women childless, so shall …

1 Samuel 19:15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him …

1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn …

Verse 46. - And Jacob said unto his brethren, - Laban's kinsmen and his own (vide ver. 37) - Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: - Gal, from Galal, to roll, to move in a circle, probably signified a circular cairn, to be used not as a seat (Gerlach), but as an altar (ver. 54), a witness (ver. 48), and a table (ver. 54), since it is added - and they did eat there - not immediately (Lange), but afterwards, on the conclusion of the covenant (ver. 54) - upon the heap. And Jacob said unto his brethren, gather stones,.... Not to his sons, as the Targum of Jonathan and Jarchi; these would not be called brethren, and were not fit, being too young to be employed in gathering large stones, as these must be, to erect a monument with; rather his servants, whom he employed in keeping his sheep under him, and might so call them, as he did the shepherds of Haran, Genesis 29:4; and whom he could command to such service, and were most proper to be made use of in it; unless it can be thought the men Laban brought with him, whom Jacob before calls his brethren, Genesis 31:37, are meant; and then the words must be understood as spoken, not in an authoritative way, but as a request or direction, which was complied with:

and they took stones, and made an heap; they fetched stones that lay about here and there, and laid them in order one upon another, and so made an heap of them:

and they did eat there upon the heap; they made it like a table, and set their food on it, and ate off of it; or they "ate by" it (o), it being usual in making covenants to make a feast, at least to eat and drink together, in token of friendship and good will. The Chinese (p) call friendship that is most firm and stable, and not to be rescinded, "stony friendship": whether from a like custom with this does not appear.

(o) "apud", "juxta", "prope"; see Nold. Concord. Part. Heb. p. 691. (p) Martin. Hist. Sinic. p. 178. 31:43-55 Laban could neither justify himself nor condemn Jacob, therefore desires to hear no more of that matter. He is not willing to own himself in fault, as he ought to have done. But he proposes a covenant of friendship between them, to which Jacob readily agrees. A heap of stones was raised, to keep up the memory of the event, writing being then not known or little used. A sacrifice of peace offerings was offered. Peace with God puts true comfort into our peace with our friends. They did eat bread together, partaking of the feast upon the sacrifice. In ancient times covenants of friendship were ratified by the parties eating and drinking together. God is judge between contending parties, and he will judge righteously; whoever do wrong, it is at their peril. They gave a new name to the place, The heap of witness. After this angry parley, they part friends. God is often better to us than our fears, and overrules the spirits of men in our favour, beyond what we could have expected; for it is not in vain to trust in him.
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