You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength,
yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.
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,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young.
So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.
“In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.
The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’
And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’ ”
Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate?
Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.
Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.”