And he heard the words of Laban'ssons,saying , Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.2
And Jacobbeheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him asbefore.a3
And the LORDsaid unto Jacob,Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
And Jacobsent and calledRachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,5
And said unto them, I see your father'scountenance, that it is not toward me asbefore; but the God of my father hath been with me.
And yeknow that with all my power I have served your father.7
And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wagestentimes; but God suffered him not to hurtme.8
If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattlebarespeckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattleringstraked.9
Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
And it came to pass at the time that the cattleconceived , that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the ramsb which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked,speckled, and grisled.11
And the angel of Godspake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said , Here am I.
And he said , Lift up now thine eyes, and see , all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked,speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Labandoeth unto thee.
I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise , get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.14
And Rachel and Leahanswered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father'shouse?15
Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quitedevoured also our money.16
For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do .
Then Jacob rose up , and set his sons and his wives upon camels;18
And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten , the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.19
And Labanwent to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the imagesc that were her father's.20
And Jacob stole awayunawaresd to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled .
So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up , and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mountGilead.22
And it was toldLaban on the thirdday that Jacob was fled .
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after himsevendays'journey; and they overtook him in the mountGilead.24
And Godcame to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not toJacob either goodorbad.25
Then LabanovertookJacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethrenpitched in the mount of Gilead.26
And Labansaid to Jacob, What hast thou done , that thou hast stolen awayunawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?27
Wherefore didst thou flee awaysecretly , and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?28
And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing .
It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your fatherspake unto me yesternight,saying , Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.30
And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone , because thou sorelongedst after thy father'shouse, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?31
And Jacobanswered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid : for I said , Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live : before our brethrendiscern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacobknew not that Rachel had stolen them.
And Labanwent into Jacob'stent, and into Leah'stent, and into the twomaidservants'tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah'stent, and entered into Rachel'stent.34
Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel'sfurniture, and sat upon them. And Labansearchede all the tent, but found them not.
And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched , but found not the images.36
And Jacob was wroth , and chode with Laban: and Jacobanswered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?37Whereas thou hast searchedf all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy householdstuff?set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judgebetwixt us both.38
This twentyyears have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young , and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten .
That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.40
Thus I was; in the day the droughtconsumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleepdeparted from mine eyes.41
Thus have I been twentyyears in thy house; I served theefourteenyears for thy twodaughters, and sixyears for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wagestentimes.42Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty.God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.43
And Labananswered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters,or unto their children which they have born ?
Now therefore come thou , let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
And Jacobtook a stone, and set it up for a pillar.46
And Jacobsaid unto his brethren,Gatherstones; and they tookstones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.47
And Labancalled it Jegarsahadutha:g but Jacobcalled it Galeed.48
And Labansaid , This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it calledGaleed;49
And Mizpah;hfor he said , The LORDwatch between me and thee, when we are absentone from another.50
If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wivesbeside my daughters, no man is with us; see , God is witness betwixt me and thee.
And Labansaid to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;
This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.53
The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father,judge betwixt us. And Jacobsware by the fear of his fatherIsaac.54
Then Jacobofferedisacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eatbread: and they did eatbread, and tarried all night in the mount.55
And early in the morningLaban rose up , and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Labandeparted , and returned unto his place.