Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead1 when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too.
Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done?2 You've deceived me,3 and you've carried off my daughters like captives in war.427
Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn't you tell me,5 so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines6 and harps?728
You didn't even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by.8 You have done a foolish thing.
I have the power to harm you;9 but last night the God of your father10 said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.'1130
Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's house.12 But why did you steal13 my gods?14"
Jacob answered Laban, "I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.1532
But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live.16 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.1733
So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent18 and into the tent of the two maidservants,19 but he found nothing.20 After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent.
Now Rachel had taken the household gods21 and put them inside her camel's saddle22 and was sitting on them. Laban searched23 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;24 I'm having my period.25" So he searched but could not find the household gods.26