Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. "What is my crime?" he asked Laban. "What sin have I committed1 that you hunt me down?237
Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household?3 Put it here in front of your relatives4 and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.538
"I have been with you for twenty years now.6 Your sheep and goats have not miscarried,7 nor have I eaten rams from your flocks.
I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen8 by day or night.940
This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.1041
It was like this for the twenty years11 I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters12 and six years for your flocks,13 and you changed my wages14 ten times.1542
If the God of my father,16 the God of Abraham17 and the Fear of Isaac,18 had not been with me,19 you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands,20 and last night he rebuked you.21"