Genesis 31:15
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English Standard Version
Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money.

King James Bible
Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

American Standard Version
Are we not accounted by him as foreigners? for he hath sold us, and hath also quite devoured our money.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hath he not counted us as strangers and sold us, and eaten up the price of us?

English Revised Version
Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath also quite devoured our money.

Webster's Bible Translation
Are we not counted by him strangers; for he hath sold us, and hath quite consumed also our money.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

אביכם: for אביכן as in Genesis 32:16, etc. - "Ten times:" i.e., as often as possible, the ten as a round number expressing the idea of completeness. From the statement that Laban had changed his wages ten times, it is evident that when Laban observed, that among his sheep and goats, of one colour only, a large number of mottled young were born, he made repeated attempts to limit the original stipulation by changing the rule as to the colour of the young, and so diminishing Jacob's wages. But when Jacob passes over his own stratagem in silence, and represents all that he aimed at and secured by crafty means as the fruit of God's blessing, this differs no doubt from the account in Genesis 30. It is not a contradiction, however, pointing to a difference in the sources of the two chapters, but merely a difference founded upon actual fact, viz., the fact that Jacob did not tell the whole truth to his wives. Moreover self-help and divine help do not exclude one another. Hence his account of the dream, in which he saw that the rams that leaped upon the cattle were all of various colours, and heard the voice of the angel of God calling his attention to what had been seen, in the words, "I have seen all that Laban hath done to thee," may contain actual truth; and the dream may be regarded as a divine revelation, which was either sent to explain to him now, at the end of the sixth year, "that it was not his stratagem, but the providence of God which had prevented him from falling a victim to Laban's avarice, and had brought him such wealth" (Delitzsch); or, if the dream occurred at an earlier period, was meant to teach him, that "the help of God, without any such self-help, could procure him justice and safety in spite of Laban's selfish covetousness" (Kurtz). It is very difficult to decide between these two interpretations. As Jehovah's instructions to him to return were not given till the end of his period of service, and Jacob connects them so closely with the vision of the rams that they seem contemporaneous, Delitzsch's view appears to deserve the preference. But the עשׂה in Genesis 31:12, "all that Laban is doing to thee," does not exactly suit this meaning; and we should rather expect to find עשׂה used at the end of the time of service. The participle rather favours Kurtz's view, that Jacob had the vision of the rams and the explanation from the angel at the beginning of the last six years of service, but that in his communication to his wives, in which there was no necessity to preserve a strict continuity or distinction of time, he connected it with the divine instructions to return to his home, which he received at the end of his time of service. But if we decide in favour of this view, we have no further guarantee for the objective reality of the vision of the rams, since nothing is said about it in the historical account, and it is nowhere stated that the wealth obtained by Jacob's craftiness was the result of the divine blessing. The attempt so unmistakeably apparent in Jacob's whole conversation with his wives, to place his dealing with Laban in the most favourable light for himself, excites the suspicion, that the vision of which he spoke was nothing more than a natural dream, the materials being supplied by the three thoughts that were most frequently in his mind, by night as well as by day, viz., (1) his own schemes and their success; (2) the promise received at Bethel; (3) the wish to justify his actions to his own conscience; and that these were wrought up by an excited imagination into a visionary dream, of the divine origin of which Jacob himself may not have had the slightest doubt. - In Genesis 31:13 האל has the article in the construct state, contrary to the ordinary rule; cf. Ges. 110, 2b; Ewald, 290.

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Genesis 31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your cattle...

Genesis 29:15-20,27-30 And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall your wages be...

Genesis 30:26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go: for you know my service which I have done you.

Exodus 21:7-11 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do...

Nehemiah 5:8 And I said to them, We after our ability have redeemed our brothers the Jews, which were sold to the heathen...

Cross References
Genesis 29:20
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Genesis 29:23
But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

Genesis 31:14
Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, "Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house?

Genesis 31:16
All the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do."

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