Taking his relatives1 with him2, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.324
Then God came to Laban the Aramean4 in a dream at night and said to him,5 "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."625
Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead7 when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too.
Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done?8 You've deceived me,9 and you've carried off my daughters like captives in war.1027
Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn't you tell me,11 so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines12 and harps?1328
You didn't even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by.14 You have done a foolish thing.
I have the power to harm you;15 but last night the God of your father16 said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.'1730
Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's house.18 But why did you steal19 my gods?20"
Jacob answered Laban, "I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.2132
But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live.22 In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it." Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.2333
So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent24 and into the tent of the two maidservants,25 but he found nothing.26 After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent.
Now Rachel had taken the household gods27 and put them inside her camel's saddle28 and was sitting on them. Laban searched29 through everything in the tent but found nothing.
Rachel said to her father, "Don't be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence;30 I'm having my period.31" So he searched but could not find the household gods.32