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Genesis 31 - AMP

2 And Jacob noticed that Laban looked at him less favorably than before.

3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your people, and I will be with you.

4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock,

5 And he said to them, I see how your father looks at me, that he is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.

6 You know that I have served your father with all my might and power.

7 But your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.

8 If he said, The speckled shall be your wages, then all the flock bore speckled; and if he said, The streaked shall be your hire, then all the flock bore streaked.

9 Thus God has taken away the flocks of your father and given them to me.

10 And I had a We naturally wonder why we have not heard of this dream before and are tempted to question Jacob's truthfulness; but the Samaritan text removes all such doubt by recording the whole dream in the previous chapter (Gen. 30), right after Gen. 30:36 (Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible with A Commentary).dream at the time the flock conceived. I looked up and saw that the rams which mated with the she-goats were streaked, speckled, and spotted.

11 And the See footnote on Gen. 16:7. Note especially Gen. 31:13, where the Angel says, ``I am the God of Bethel."Angel of God said to me in the dream, Jacob. And I said, Here am I.

12 And He said, Look up and see, all the rams which mate with the flock are streaked, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban does to you.

13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow to Me. Now arise, get out from this land and return to your native land.

14 And Rachel and Leah answered him, Is there any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?

15 Are we not counted by him as strangers? For he sold us and has also quite devoured our money .

16 For all the riches which God has taken from our father are ours and our children's. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do it.

17 Then Jacob rose up and set his sons and his wives upon the camels;

18 And he drove away all his livestock and all his gain which he had gotten, the livestock he had obtained and accumulated in Padan-aram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

19 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep , and Rachel stole her father's household gods.

20 And Jacob outwitted Laban the Syrian in that he did not tell him that he to flee and slip away secretly.

21 So he fled with all that he had, and arose and crossed the river and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

22 But on the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.

23 So he took his kinsmen with him and pursued after for seven days, and they overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.

24 But God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night and said to him, Be careful that you do not speak from good to bad to Jacob .

25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent on the hill, and Laban coming with his kinsmen pitched on the same hill of Gilead.

26 And Laban said to Jacob, What do you mean stealing away and leaving like this without my knowing it, and carrying off my daughters as if captives of the sword?

27 Why did you flee secretly and cheat me and did not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with joy and gladness and with singing, with tambourine and lyre?

28 And why did you not permit me to kiss my sons and my daughters good-bye? Now you have done foolishly .

29 It is in my power to do you harm; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Be careful that you do not speak from good to bad to Jacob .

30 And now you felt you must go because you were homesick for your father's house, but why did you steal my Why was Laban making such a great commotion about some small idols? It had never been satisfactorily explained until the answer was found in the excavated Nuzi tablets (J. P. Free, Archaeology Illuminates the Bible), which showed that possession of the father's household gods played an important role in inheritance (W. F. Albright, ``Recent Discoveries in Bible Lands," in Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible). One of the Nuzi tablets indicated that in the region where Laban lived, a son-in-law who possessed the family images could appear in court and make claim to the estate of his father-in-law (various authors cited by Allan A. MacRae, ``The Relation of Archaeology to the Bible," in American Scientific Affiliation, Modern Science and Christian Faith). Since Jacob's possession of the images implied the right to inheritance of Laban's wealth, one can understand why Laban organized his hurried expedition to recover the images (J. P. Free, Archaeology and Bible History).gods?

31 Jacob answered Laban, Because I was afraid; for I thought, Suppose you would take your daughters from me by force.

32 The one with whom you find those gods of yours, let him not live. Here before our kinsmen take whatever you find that belongs to you. For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen .

33 So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. Then he went from Leah's tent into Rachel's tent.

34 Now Rachel had taken the images (gods) and put them in the camel's saddle and sat on them. Laban searched and felt through all the tent, but did not find them.

35 And said to her father, Do not be displeased, my lord, that I cannot rise up before you, for the period of women is upon me and I am unwell. And he searched, but did not find the gods.

36 Then Jacob became angry and reproached and argued with Laban. And Jacob said to Laban, What is my fault? What is my sin, that you so hotly pursued me?

37 Although you have searched and felt through all my household possessions, what have you found of all your household goods? Put it here before my brethren and yours, that they may judge and decide between us.

38 These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your she-goats have not lost their young, and the rams of your flock have not been eaten by me.

39 I did not bring you torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss of it; you required of me all that was stolen, whether it occurred by day or by night.

40 This was ; by day the heat consumed me and by night the cold, and I could not sleep.

41 I have been twenty years in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks; and you have changed my wages ten times.

42 And if the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Dread and Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and humiliation and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.

43 Laban answered Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, these children are my children, these flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do today to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?

44 So come now, let us make a covenant or league, you and I, and let it be for a witness between you and me.

45 So Jacob set up a stone for a pillar or monument.

46 And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there upon the heap.

47 Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha , but Jacob called it Galeed

48 Laban said, This heap is a witness today between you and me. Therefore it was named Galeed.

49 And Mizpah , for he said, May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent and hidden one from another.

50 If you should afflict, humiliate, or lower my daughters, or if you should take other wives beside my daughters, although no man is with us , see (remember), God is witness between you and me.

51 And Laban said to Jacob, See this heap and this pillar, which I have set up between you and me.

52 This heap is a witness and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you, and that you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.

53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, and the god of their father , judge between us. But Jacob swore by the Dread and Fear of his father Isaac.

54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and called his brethren to eat food; and they ate food and lingered all night on the mountain.

55 And early in the morning Laban rose up and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and pronounced a blessing on them. Then Laban departed and returned to his home.

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Jacob's prayer
Shared by: Larry Turner on Apr, 2016
Summary: Jacob was about to have three reunions. In the midst of then he gave us a model prayer.
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Making God "Iffy"
Shared by: Larry Turner on Apr, 2016
Summary: Jacob put conditions on God and made unnecessary vows when faith was all that was needed.
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Feb, 2015
Summary: What would you do if you knew you were not in the place of your calling? What would you do if you were in Jacob’s shoes? How do you apply for that dream job?
Series: Genesis 31
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Feb, 2015
Summary: Are they really ready to break free from their self-destructive cycle? Are you? If Jacob decides to act on what God has said what would it look like in their lives? What will it look like in yours?
Series: Genesis 31
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Feb, 2015
Summary: It’s time to become a returnee and brave the journey to the land of promise. But is he prepared to lose his job to pursue his destiny? Are you?
Series: Genesis 31
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Feb, 2015
Summary: Who or what is the bully in your life standing between you and the promises of God? What charges does the devil use against you as you make your stand in the ring? What are you holding onto that attracts a spiritual battle like a red rag to a bull?
Series: Genesis 31
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Oct, 2014
Summary: To show that GOD does not want us to labor hard to earn money, but to labor hard for His Presence.
Scripture: Genesis 31:42
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 528
Manny Salva Cruz avatar
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Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Jun, 2014
Summary: Are you watchful, attentive and careful with the words you speak to others? In this message, we will learn from the life of Jacob on how to improve our Christian character for the better to be a good testimony to others.
John Shearhart avatar
Genesis 31:1-55
Shared by: John Shearhart on Nov, 2013
Summary: God sends Jacob away from Laban and proves He will take care of Him in every situation until the promise is fulfilled.
Scripture: Genesis 31:1-55
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 776
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Shared by: bala samson on May, 2013
Summary: Did you know Chameleons shoot their tongue further than the length of their body to catch insects? In much the same way, people shoot out their tongue to bombard you with insults, curses, faults and false accusation.
Series: Chameleons!
Scripture: Genesis 31:1-5
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 388
Paul Barreca avatar
The Hard Way - Why God Uses Diffictul People in our Lives
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Feb, 2013
Summary: Today we want to remember that GOD uses difficult people to build our character, to make us stronger. Such people reveal hidden faults and deepen our trust in God
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Scripture: Genesis 31:1-1:48
Views: 2,568
Michael Brady avatar
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Shared by: Michael Brady on Feb, 2012
Summary: This sermon is to encourage our Church family to work togther as a team
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Scripture: Genesis 31:4-7
Denomination: Church Of God
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Shared by: Grady Henley on Nov, 2011
Summary: Followers: Some Staying; Some Leaving
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Scripture: Genesis 12:1-31:44
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,161
Edward Hardee avatar
Studies in Genesis: Chapter 31
Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
Series: Genesis
Scripture: Genesis 31:1-54
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,099
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Shared by: Greg Carr on Apr, 2011
Summary: Have you ever had enough? When is enough enough? This is a powerful message to get people to realize what is enough.
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Scripture: Genesis 31:36-44
Denomination: Pentecostal
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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Feb, 2011
Summary: Find true security by trusting in the Lord, not a lie or an idol.
Scripture: Genesis 31:1-55
Denomination: Evangelical Free
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Shared by: Jerry Watts on Jun, 2010
Summary: Just like God called Jacob back to Bethel, so should we hear and respond to return to our place of spiritual birth.
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Scripture: Genesis 31:13
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Views: 6,676
Tom Owen avatar
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Shared by: Tom Owen on Aug, 2009
Summary: verse-by-verse
Series: Beginnings
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Scripture: Genesis 30:25-31:55
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 755
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Apr, 2009
Summary: Because we all want to be blessed, we can have a tendency to force a blessing, whether from God or from someone else, when God freely gives blessings!
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Scripture: Genesis 31:25-32:32
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 978
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Always Choose God's Grace
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Apr, 2009
Summary: Because God is a Gracious God, He will love every person, whether that person is like Jacob who was promised by God, or ordinary people like Leah, Rachel, and Laban; but every person can choose to separate from God’s blessings.
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Scripture: Genesis 30:25-31:55
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A Bitter Goodbye
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2009
Summary: Life’s crossroads can be messy, but sometimes you cannot walk around the mud, but you must march right through it. Yet even [when we are] walking through the mud, God does not abandon His children.
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Scripture: Genesis 31:17-55
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2009
Summary: Jacob lived a stressful life, and so do many of us. Yet we can escape some of the pressures of stress by following the Lord.
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Scripture: Genesis 29:31-31:16
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Joel Smith on Jan, 2009
Summary: God wants to shape your soul to be just like Jesus. Will you cooperate?
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Scripture: Genesis 29:1-31:55
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 955
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Shared by: Victor Yap on Dec, 2007
Summary: Jacob, Pt. 4 (Final)
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Scripture: Genesis 29:15-31:42
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Robert Higgins on Nov, 2007
Summary: Is God merely the means to an end for you? Is God the tool for your happiness? At this point in Jacob’s life, He is. He may be in your life as well. Until you are broken, brought low, brought to the end of yourself.
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Scripture: Genesis 31:10-32:10
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Shared by: RUEL CAMIA on Oct, 2007
Summary: I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, where you poured olive oil on a stone marker for a holy purpose and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land, and go back to the land of your relatives. (GW) And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up
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Scripture: Genesis 31:13
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Johnny Carver avatar
Hidden Gods
Shared by: Johnny Carver on Jul, 2007
Summary: There are great dangers in keeping things hidden in our life that gets between us and God and robs us of our success.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 31:25-42
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,354
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Sin: Separation Anxiety
Shared by: Peter Loughman on Oct, 2006
Summary: God will let unpleasant things happen in our life to move us on spiritually
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Scripture: Genesis 31:1-32
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Shared by: Thomas Black on Apr, 2006
Summary: Getting used to the idea of not being liked is difficult if you happen to be a person that cares what people think. But as you know Sometimes, “When God Says GO the World Says NO.”
Series: Genesis
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Shared by: Thomas Black on Apr, 2006
Summary: We don’t need to offend unbeleivers because we follow Jesus. Let the Cross offend them, but not us.
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Scripture: Genesis 31:22-55
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