Jacob Secretly Leaves Laban
1Now Jacob heard the words Labans sons were saying, Jacob has taken everything that belongs to our father, and from what belongs to our father he has made all these riches.
2Then Jacob saw Labans face, and he noticed that his expression wasnt the same as it was just a day or two before.
3Then Adonai said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.
4So Jacob sent and called for Rachel and Leah to come to the field, to his flock.
5He said to them, I can see by your fathers face that his expression isnt the same as it was just a day or two ago. But the God of my father has been with me.
6Now you yourselves know that Ive served your father with all my strength.
7Yet your father has fooled around with me and has changed my salary ten timesbut God hasnt allowed him to harm me.
8If he would say, the spotted ones will be your salary, then the flocks would give birth to spotted ones. Or if he would say, the striped ones will be your salary, then all the flocks would give birth to striped ones.
9So God has taken away your fathers livestock and has given them to me.
10Now it happened when the flocks were in heat that I lifted up my eyes and saw, in a dream, behold, the males going up to the flocks were striped, spotted and speckled.
11Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, Jacob, and I said, Hineni.
12He said, Lift up your eyes and see that all the males going up to the flocks are striped, spotted and speckled. For I have seen everything Laban has done to you.
13I am the God of Beth-El where you anointed a memorial stone, where you made a vow to Me. Get up now and leave this land, and return to the land of your relatives.
14Then Rachel answered along with Leah and they said to him, Is there still a portion and inheritance for us in our fathers house?
15Arent we considered foreigners to him? For he has sold us and has also completely used up our bridal price.
16For all the riches that God has taken away from our father is for us and for our children. So now, everything God said to you, do it!
17Then Jacob got up and put his children and wives on camels.
18He drove away all his livestock and all his possessions that he had acquiredthe livestock in his possession that he acquired in Paddan-aramto go to his father Isaac, to the land of Canaan.
19But while Laban went to shear his flocks, Rachel stole the idols that belonged to her father,
20while Jacob stole the heart from Laban the Aramean by not telling him that he was fleeing.
21He himself fled with everything that belonged to him, and he got up and crossed the River, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.
Laban Confronts Jacob and Makes Covenant
22When Laban was told on the third day after Jacob had fled,
23he took his relatives with him and pursued him a seven days journey. Then he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.
24But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, Watch yourselflest you say anything to Jacob, good or bad.
25So Laban caught up to Jacob. (Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, so Laban and his brothers pitched their tents in the hill country of Gilead as well).
26Then Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that youve stolen my heart and have driven my daughters away like captives of the sword?
27Why did you secretly flee away, and steal from me? Why didnt you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and with songs, with tambourines and with lyres?
28And you didnt even let me kiss my sons and daughters! Now, youve behaved foolishly.
29It is in the power of my hand to do evil with you, but yesterday the God of your fathers spoke to me, saying, Watch yourselflest you say anything to Jacob, good or bad.
30So now, when you up and left because you really missed your fathers house, why did you steal my gods?
31In response, Jacob said to Laban, Because I was afraid, for I thought, Suppose you snatch your daughters away from me.
32Anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In front of our relatives, identify whatever is yours that is with me, and take it back. (But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.)
33So Laban went into Jacobs tent, and Leahs tent and into the tent of the two maids, but he found nothing. Then he went out of Leahs tent and entered Rachels tent.
34(Now Rachel had taken the idols, put them in the camels saddlebag and sat on them.) So Laban felt around the entire tent but did not find them.
35She said to her father, Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for I am having the way of women. So he searched but did not find the idols.
36Then Jacob got angry and argued with Laban. Jacob answered and said to Laban, Whats my crime? Whats my sin that youve hotly pursued me?
37For youve felt through all my things. What did you find? Any of your household things? Put them here, in front of my relatives and yoursso they can decide between the two of us.
38These past twenty years Ive been with you, your ewes and female goats have never miscarried, and Ive never eaten the rams of your flock.
39I didnt bring you animals torn by wild beasts. I myself would bear the loss. You would require it from my hand, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
40I was consumed by heat during the day, consumed by frost during the night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
41This is how its been for me twenty years in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flocksand you changed my salary ten times!
42Had I not had the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, you would have sent me away empty-handed now. But God saw my misery and the toil of my hands and last night He became the Judge.
43In response Laban said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons are my sons, and the flocks are my flocks. Everything you see is mine. But what can I do for these, my daughters, today, or for their sons to whom theyve given birth?
44So now, come, lets make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.
45So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar,
46and Jacob said to his relatives, Gather stones. So they took the stones and made a pile. Then they ate there on the pile.
47Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha and Jacob called it Gal-ed.
48And Laban said, This pile is a witness between me and you today. That is why its name is Gal-ed,
49or Mizpah, for he said, Let Adonai keep watch between you and me when we are out of one anothers sight.
50If you mistreat my daughters, and if you take wives besides my daughters, though no one is with us, look! God is the witness between you and me.
51Laban said further to Jacob, Behold, this pile, and this pillar which Ive set up between you and me:
52this pile serves as a witness, that I wont pass by this pillar to go to you, and that you wont pass by this pile and this pillar to go to mewith evil intent.
53May the God of Abraham and the gods of Nahor, the gods of their father, judge between us. Jacob also made an oath by the fear of his father Isaac.
54Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and he invited his relatives to eat bread. So they ate bread and spent the night on the mountain.
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