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Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me today." That is why it was called Galeed.
King James Bible
And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
American Standard Version
And Laban said, This heap is witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed:
Young's Literal Translation
And Laban saith, 'This heap is witness between me and thee to-day;' therefore hath he called its name Galeed;
Genesis 31:48 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I think these two verses are badly divided, and should be read thus:
Genesis 31:48 - And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day.
Genesis 31:49 - Therefore was the name of it called Galeed and Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
Mizpah - מעפה mitspah signifies a watch-tower; and Laban supposes that in consequence of the consecration of the place, and the covenant now solemnly made and ratified, that God would take possession of this heap, and stand on it as on a watch-tower, to prevent either of them from trenching on the conditions of their covenant.
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Joshua 24:27 And Joshua said to all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us...
Galeed. or, Gilead.
Genesis 31:23 And he took his brothers with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
Deuteronomy 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even to Gilead...
Deuteronomy 3:16 And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even to the river Arnon half the valley...
Joshua 13:8,9 With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward...
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Genesis 21:30 He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."
Joshua 22:27 On the contrary, it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the LORD at his sanctuary with our burnt offerings, sacrifices and fellowship offerings. Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, 'You have no share in the LORD.'
Joshua 24:27 "See!" he said to all the people. "This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God."