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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 31\\

This chapter relates how that Jacob observing that Laban and his sons
envied his prosperity, and having a call from God to return to his own
country, acquaints his wives with it; and reports to them Laban's ill
usage of him, and the wonderful appearance of God to him, and for him,
and his orders to him to depart from thence, \\#Ge 31:1-13\\; to which they
agreed, knowing full well their father's unkindness, and that they had
nothing to expect from him, and therefore judged it best to go off with
what they had got through the gift of God unto them, \\#Ge 31:14-16\\; upon
which Jacob set out privately, with all he had, towards his own
country, while Laban was shearing his sheep, \\#Ge 31:17-21\\; three days
after, Laban, being informed of it, pursued after Jacob, and overtook
him at Mount Gilead; but was warned by the way to be cautious what he
said to him, \\#Ge 31:22-25\\; yet nevertheless he warmly expostulated with
him about his secret flight, not giving him the opportunity of taking
his leave of his children, and especially for taking away his gods,
\\#Ge 31:26-30\\; to which Jacob gave an answer, \\#Ge 31:31-35\\; and in
his turn was warm likewise, and chided Laban severely for his hot
pursuit of him, his charge of stealth, when he could find nothing on
him, his hard labour for the space of twenty years with him, and his
ill requital of him for it, \\#Ge 31:36-42\\; however, upon the whole, an
amicable agreement was made between them, and they parted in a friendly
manner, \\#Ge 31:43-55\\.