Genesis 31

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1And he heard the words of the sons of Laban, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s, he has gotten all this glory. 2And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 3Also the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. 4And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his sheep 5and said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. 6And ye know that with all my strength I have served your father. 7And your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me. 8If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the sheep bore speckled; and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then all the sheep bore ringstraked. 9Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me. 10And it came to pass at the time that the sheep conceived, that I lifted up my eyes and saw in dreams, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the females were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled. 11And the angel of God spoke unto me in dreams, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. 12And he said, Lift up now thine eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the sheep are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled; for I have seen all that Laban has done unto thee. 13I am the God of Bethel, where thou didst anoint the pillar and where thou didst vow a vow unto me. Now arise, go out from this land and return unto the land of thy nature. 14And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15Are we not counted of him strangers? For he has sold us and has even devoured all our price. 16For all the riches which God has taken from our father, is ours and our son’s; now then, whatever God has said unto thee, do.

17Then Jacob rose up and set his sons and his wives upon the camels; 18and he carried away all his livestock and all his goods which he had gotten, the livestock of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, to return unto Isaac his father in the land of Canaan. 19And Laban had gone to shear his sheep; and Rachel stole the idols of her father. 20And Jacob stole away the heart of Laban the Aramean, in that he did not tell him that he fled. 21So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up and passed the river and set his face toward Mount Gilead. 22And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled. 23Then he took his brethren with him and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in Mount Gilead. 24And God came to Laban the Aramean in dreams by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

25Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount; and Laban with his brethren pitched in Mount Gilead. 26And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away my heart and carried away my daughters as captives taken with the sword? 27Why 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 tambourine and with harp? 28And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Thou hast now done foolishly in so doing. 29It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt, but the God of your father spoke unto me last night, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 30And now, that thou art leaving, because thy desire is after thy father’s house, yet why hast thou stolen my gods? 31And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid; for I said, Peradventure thou would take by force thy daughters from me. 32With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let them not live; before our brethren discern what is thine with me and take it to thee. For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them. 33And Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent, and into the two maidservants’ tents, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah’s tent and came to Rachel’s tent. 34Now Rachel took the images and put them in a camel’s saddle and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent but did not find them. 35And 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 did not find the images.

36Then Jacob was wroth and contended with Laban, and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? What is my sin that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? 37Whereas 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 between us both. 38These twenty years I have been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not aborted their young, and I have not eaten the rams of thy flock. 39That which was torn of beasts I did not bring unto thee; I bore the sin; thou didst require of my hand that which was stolen, whether by day or by night. 40By day the drought consumed me, and by night, the frost; and my sleep departed from mine eyes. 41Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters and six years for thy flock; and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 42If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, were not with me, surely thou would send me away now empty. God has seen my affliction and the work of my hands and rebuked thee last night.

43And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these sons are my sons, and these sheep are my sheep, and all that thou seest is mine; and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their sons unto whom they have given birth? 44Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou, and let it be for a witness between me and thee. 45Then Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar. 46And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones and made a heap; and they ate there upon the heap. 47And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. 48And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 49and Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another. 50If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness between me and thee. 51And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have raised up between me and thee; 52let this heap be witness and this pillar be witness that I will not pass over this heap against thee and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar against me, for harm. 53The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their fathers, judge between us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. 54Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount and called his brethren to eat bread; and they ate bread and slept in the mount. 55And early in the morning Laban rose up and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them; and Laban departed and returned unto his place.