Now aJacob heard the words of Laban'ssons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and from what belonged to our father he has madeallthisbwealth."
2Jacobsaw the cattitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly.
Then the LORDsaid to Jacob, "1Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and 2I will be with you."
So Jacobsent and calledRachel and Leah to his flock in the field,
and said to them, "3I see your father'sdattitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but 4the God of my father has been with me.
"5You know that I have served your father with all my strength.
"Yet your father has 6cheated me and 7changed my wagestentimes ; however, 8God did not allow him to hurt me.
8"If9he spokethus, 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then all the flockbroughtforthspeckled ; and if he spokethus, 'The striped shall be your wages,' then all the flockbroughtforthstriped.
"Thus God has 10takenaway your father'slivestock and given them to me.
"And it came about at the time when the flock were emating that I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the malegoats which were fmating were striped, speckled, and mottled.
"Then 11the angel of Godsaid to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am.'
"He said, 'Lift up now your eyes and see that all the malegoats which are gmating are striped, speckled, and mottled ; for 12I have seenall that Laban has been doing to you.
'I am 13the God of Bethel, where you 14anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; nowarise, hleavethisland, and 15return to the land of your birth.' "
14Rachel and Leahsaid to him, "Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father'shouse ?
"Are we not reckoned by him as foreigners ? For 16he has sold us, and has alsoientirelyconsumedjour purchaseprice.
16"Surelyall the wealthwhichGod has takenaway from our father belongs to us and our children ; now then, dowhateverGod has said to you."
Then Jacobarose and put his children and his wives upon camels ;
and he droveawayall his livestock and all his propertywhich he had gathered, his acquiredlivestockwhich he had gathered in Paddan-aram, 17to go to the land of Canaan to his fatherIsaac.
When Laban had gone to shear his flock, then Rachelstole the k18householdidols that were her father's.
And JacobldeceivedLaban the Aramean by not telling him that he was fleeing.
So he fled with all that he had; and he arose and crossed the Euphrates River, and set his face toward the hillcountry of 19Gilead.
When it was toldLaban on the thirdday that Jacob had fled,
then he took his mkinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of sevendays'journey, and he overtook him in the hillcountry of Gilead.
2420Godcame to Laban the Aramean in a 21dream of the night and said to him, "n22Be careful that you do not speak to Jacobeithergoodorbad."
25Labancaught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hillcountry, and Laban with his okinsmencamped in the hillcountry of Gilead.
Then Labansaid to Jacob, "What have you donepby deceiving me and carryingaway my daughters like captives of the sword ?
27"Why did you fleesecretly and qdeceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with 23timbrel and with 24lyre ;
and did not allow me 25to kiss my sons and my daughters ? Now you have donefoolishly.
"It is in rmy power to do you harm, but 26the God of your fatherspoke to me lastnight, saying, 's27Be careful not to speakeithergoodorbad to Jacob.'
30"Now you have indeedgone away because you longedgreatly for your father'shouse ; but why did you steal28my gods ?"
Then Jacobreplied to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.
"29The one with whom you find your gods shall not live ; in the presence of our tkinsmenupoint out what is yours vamong my belongings and take it for yourself." For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
So Labanwent into Jacob'stent and into Leah'stent and into the tent of the twomaids, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah'stent and enteredRachel'stent.
Now Rachel had taken the whouseholdidols and put them in the camel'ssaddle, and she sat on them. And Labanfeltthroughall the tent but did not find them.
She said to her father, "Let not my lord be angry that I cannot30risebefore you, for the manner of women is upon me." So he searched but did not find the x31householdidols.
Then Jacobbecameangry and contended with Laban ; and Jacobsaid to Laban, "What is my transgression ? What is my sin that you have hotlypursued me?
37"Though you have feltthroughall my goods, what have you found of all your householdgoods ? Set it herebefore my ykinsmen and your zkinsmen, that they may decidebetween us two.
38"Thesetwentyyears I have been with you; your ewes and your femalegoats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks.
"That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
"Thus I was: by day the aaheatconsumed me and the frost by night, and my sleepfled from my eyes.
41"Thesetwentyyears I have been in your house ; 32I served you fourteenyears for your twodaughters and sixyears for your flock, and you 33changed my wagestentimes.
42"If34the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surelynow you would have sent me awayempty-handed. 35God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He 36renderedjudgmentlastnight."
Then Labanreplied to Jacob, "The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and 37the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughtersor to their childrenwhom they have borne ?
"So nowcome, let us 38make a covenant, bbyou and I, and 39let it be a witnessbetweenccyou and me."
Then Jacobtook40a stone and set it up as a pillar.
46Jacobsaid to his ddkinsmen, "Gatherstones." So they tookstones and made a heap, and they atethere by the heap.
Now Laban41called it eeJegar-sahadutha, but Jacobcalled it ffGaleed.
48Labansaid, "42Thisheap is a witnessbetweenggyou and me this day." Therefore it was namedGaleed,
and hh43Mizpah, for he said, "May the LORDwatchbetweeniiyou and me when we are jjabsentone from the other.
50"If you mistreat my daughters, or if you takewivesbesides my daughters, although noman is with us, see, 44God is witnessbetweenkkyou and me."
51Labansaid to Jacob, "Beholdthisheap and behold the pillarwhich I have setbetweenllyou and me.
52"Thisheap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by thisheap to you for harm, and you will not pass by thisheap and thispillar to me, for harm.
"45The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, 46judgebetween us." So Jacobswore by 47the fear of his fatherIsaac.
Then Jacob48offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his mmkinsmen to nnthe meal ; and they ateoothe meal and spent the night on the mountain.
55ppEarly in the morningLabanarose, and 49kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Labandeparted and returned to his place.