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31:1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken
away all that was our father's and of that which was our father's has he
gotten all this glory.
31:2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban and behold, it was not
toward him as before.
31:5 And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is
not toward me as before, but the God of my father has been with me.
31:6 And you know that with all my power I have served your father.
31:7 And your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times.(Laban
was always manipulating to be sure he got the best and the other got the
least), but God suffered.(original
'caused', 'allowed', that is, God worked it out so it didn't put me at
not to hurt.(worked
it out so it wasn't evil to me).me.
31:8-10 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages, then all
the cattle bare speckled. And if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be
for your hire.(wages),
then bare all the cattle ringstraked. In this way God has taken away the
cattle of your father and given them to me. 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 rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked,
speckled and grisled.
31:11 And the angel of God spake unto me in
often speak as if it was
God because they are created beings and of the
family of God and because God
is energy which is intelligent, behind
the scenes of all created things), saying, Jacob; And
I said, Here am I.
31:12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes and see, all the rams which
leap upon the cattle are ringstraked.(striped,
with points).and grisled.(spotted,
marked). For I have seen all that Laban did unto you.
31:13.I am the God of Bethel, where
you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow unto me. Now arise, get
you out from this land and return unto the land of your kindred.
31:14-18 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet
any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? Are we not counted
of him strangers? for he has sold us and has quite devoured also our money.
For all the riches which God has taken from our father, that is ours and
our children's. Now then, whatsoever God has said unto you, do. Then Jacob
rose up and set his sons and his wives upon camels. 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 Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father
in the land of Canaan.
31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep and Rachel had stolen the images
that were her father's.
Notes: Rachel stole the images (original word from which word 'images'
came from is 'teraphim') and hid them from her father who came after them
all. We know little of the teraphim, except that they were employed by
those who worshiped
the true God, using these images to focus on God and were perhaps in a
little household place used as a shrine.
Rachel had a lingering attachment to these objects of her family. The attachment
could have come from early times in her life when she may not have been
well and by having the images, it helped to have her mind on God toward
getting well. She now was leaving home, so she secretly carried them away
as relics of a home she was to visit no more and as sources of safety to
herself against any perils
of her flight.
31:20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he
told him not that he fled.
31:21-23 So he fled with all that he had and he rose up and passed
over the river and set his face toward the mount Gilead. And it was told
Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. And he took his brethren with
him and pursued after him seven days' journey and they overtook him in
the mount Gilead.
31:24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night and said
unto him, Take heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
31:25-40 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent
in the mount and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have stolen away
unawares to me and carried away my daughters as captives taken with the
sword? Wherefore didst you flee away secretly and steal away from me and
didst not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with
songs, with tabret and with harp?
And have not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? You have now
done foolishly in so doing. It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt,
but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take you
heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. And now, though you
would needs be gone, because you so longed after your father's house, yet
wherefore have you stolen my gods? And Jacob answered and said to Laban,
Because I was afraid, for I said, Peradventure you would take by force
your daughters from me and with whomsoever you find your gods, let him
not live before our brethren. Discern you what is yours with me and take
it to you.(look
at my stuff and take what you think should be yours). For
Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. 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. Now Rachel had taken.(verse
19 above).the images and put
them in the camel's furniture and sat upon them. And Laban searched all
the tent but found them not. And she said to her father, Let it not displease
my lord that I cannot rise up before you, for the custom of women is upon
me. And he searched but found not the images. And Jacob was wroth and chode
with Laban and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what
is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued after me? Whereas you have searched
all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? set it here
before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
This twenty years have I been with you. Your ewes and your she goats have
not cast their young and the rams of your flock have I not eaten. That
which was torn of beasts I brought not unto you. I bare the loss of it.
Of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
Thus I was.(this
is what I was like, honest with you).even
in the day when the drought consumed me and the frost by night and my sleep
departed from mine eyes.
31:41,42 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house. I served you fourteen
years for your two daughters and six years for your cattle. And you have
changed my wages ten times. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham
and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you would have sent me
away now empty. God has seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands
and rebuked you yesternight.
31:43-53 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 you see is mine and what can I do this day unto these
my daughters or unto their children which they have born? Now therefore
come you, let us make a covenant, I and you and let it be for a witness
between me and you. And Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar.
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones and they took stones and
made an heap and they did eat there upon the heap. And Laban called it
was of the Chaldean
language; Jegarsahadutha means 'witness heap').but
Jacob called it Galeed.(Jacob
was of the Hebrew
language). And Laban said, This heap is a witness between
me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; And Mizpah,
for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one
from another. If you shalt afflict my daughters or if you shalt take other
wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt
me and you. And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap and behold this pillar
which I have cast betwixt me and you. 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. The God of Abraham
and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob
sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice
upon the mount and called his brethren to eat bread. And they did eat bread
and tarried all night in the mount.
31:55 And early in the morning Laban rose up and kissed his sons and
his daughters and blessed them and Laban departed and returned unto his