Genesis 31:4
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English Standard Version
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was

King James Bible
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

American Standard Version
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sent, and called Rachel and Lia into the field, where he fed the flocks,

English Revised Version
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field to his flock,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

He did not adopt the trick with the rods, however, on every occasion of copulation, for the sheep in those countries lamb twice a year, but only at the copulation of the strong sheep (המקשּׁרות the bound ones, i.e., firm and compact), - Luther, "the spring flock;" ליחמנּה inf. Pi. "to conceive it (the young);" - but not "in the weakening of the sheep," i.e., when they were weak, and would produce weak lambs. The meaning is probably this: he only adopted this plan at the summer copulation, not the autumn; for, in the opinion of the ancients (Pliny, Columella), lambs that were conceived in the spring and born in the autumn were stronger than those born in the spring (cf. Bochart l.c. p. 582). Jacob did this, possibly, less to spare Laban, than to avoid exciting suspicion, and so leading to the discovery of his trick. - In Genesis 30:43 the account closes with the remark, that the man increased exceedingly, and became rich in cattle (רבּות צאן many head of sheep and goats) and slaves, without expressing approbation of Jacob's conduct, or describing his increasing wealth as a blessing from God. The verdict is contained in what follows.

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Genesis 31:3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

Genesis 31:5 and said to them, "I see your father's attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but the God of my father has been with me.

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Genesis 31:3
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you."

Genesis 31:5
and said to them, "I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me.

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