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Genesis 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.

Genesis 31:2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban and behold, it was not toward him as before.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 31:6 And you know that with all my power I have served your father.

Genesis 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 a disadvantage), him not to hurt.(worked it out so it wasn't evil to me).me.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 31:11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream.(angels 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.

Genesis 31:12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked.(striped, streaked), speckled.(marked with points).and grisled.(spotted, marked). For I have seen all that Laban did unto you.

Genesis 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. 

Genesis 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. 

Genesis 31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.

Comprised with.Barnes 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.

Genesis 31:20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. 

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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 Jegarsahadutha.(Laban 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.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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 place.


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