1 Jacob flees from Laban
1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was of our father's hath he gotten all this Ps. 49:16glory.
3 And the Lord said unto Jacob, ch. 28:15,20,21;& 32:9Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
5 And said unto them, ver. 2I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father ver. 3hath been with me.
6 And ver. 38-41;ch. 30:29ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and ver. 41changed my wages Num. 14:22;Neh. 4:12;Job 19:3;Zech. 8:23ten times; but God ch. 20:6;Job 1:10;Ps. 37:28;& 105:14suffered him not to hurt me.
8 If he said thus, ch. 30:32The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus God hath ver. 1,16taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the [b]rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
11 And ch. 48:16the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for Ex. 3:7;Ps. 139:3;Eccl. 5:8I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
13 I am the God of Beth-el, ch. 28:18-20where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now ver. 3;ch. 32:9arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, ch. 2:24Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for ch. 29:15,27;Neh. 5:8he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and ch. 46:28;2 Ki. 12:17;Luke 9:51,53set his face toward the mount Gilead.
22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
23 And he took ch. 13:8his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and 1 Sam. 30:2carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
28 And hast not suffered me ver. 55;Ruth 1:9,14;1 Ki. 19:20;Acts 20:37to kiss my sons and my daughters? 1 Sam. 13:13;2 Chr. 16:9thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the ver. 53;ch. 28:13God of your father spake unto me ver. 24yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou ver. 19;Judg. 18:24stolen my gods?
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, See ch. 44:9let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot Ex. 20:12;Lev. 19:32rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode 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?
38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
39 Ex. 22:10That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of Ex. 22:12my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
40 Thus I was in the day, the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I ch. 29:27,28served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and ver. 7thou hast changed my wages ten times.
42 Ps. 124:1,2Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and ver. 53;Is. 8:13the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. ch. 29:32;Ex. 3:7God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and 1 Chr. 12:17rebuked thee yesternight.
43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
44 Now therefore come thou, ch. 26:28let us make a covenant, I and thou; Josh. 24:27and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
45 And Jacob ch. 28:18took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
48 And Laban said, Josh. 24:27This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;
52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, ch. 16:5judge betwixt us. And Jacob ch. 21:23sware by ver. 42the fear of his father Isaac.
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and ch. 28:1blessed them: and Laban departed, and ch. 18:33;& 30:25;Num. 24:25returned unto his place.
56 Jacob prepares to meet Esau
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