Jacob heard that Laban's sons1 were saying, "Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father."2
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And Jacob noticed that Laban's attitude toward him was not what it had been.3
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Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back4 to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."5
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So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.
He said to them, "I see that your father's6 attitude toward me is not what it was before,7 but the God of my father has been with me.8
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You know that I've worked for your father with all my strength,9
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yet your father has cheated10 me by changing my wages11 ten times.12 However, God has not allowed him to harm me.13
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If he said, 'The speckled ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, 'The streaked ones will be your wages,'14 then all the flocks bore streaked young.
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So God has taken away your father's livestock15 and has given them to me.16
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"In breeding season I once had a dream17 in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.
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The angel of God18 said to me in the dream,19 'Jacob.' I answered, 'Here I am.'20
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