Genesis 31:46

Overview - Genesis 31
Jacob, displeased with the envy of Laban and his sons, departs secretly.
19 Rachel steals her father's images.
22 Laban pursues after him, and complains of the wrong.
34 Rachel's stratagem to hide the images.
36 Jacob's complaint of Laban.
43 The covenant of Laban and Jacob at Galeed.
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Genesis 31:46  (King James Version)
And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.

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Joshua 4:5-9 Joshua 4:20-24 ; 7:26 2 Samuel 18:17 ; Ecclesiastes 3:5

an heap
The word {gal,} rendered "heap," properly signifies a round heap or circle; probably like the Druidical remains in this country, which have been traced in India, Persia, Western Asia, Greece, and Northern Europe. These usually consist of irregular circles of large stones, with a principal one in the midst; the former probably being used for seats, and the latter for an altar; corresponding to the stone set up as a pillar by Jacob, and the heap of stones collected by his brethren. They appear to have been used, as Gilgal undoubtedly was, ( Joshua 4:5 ; Judges 2:1 ; 3:19 ; ch
20. 1 ; Sa 7:16 10:8 17; 11:15 ; 13:7 ; 15:33
2 ; Sa 19:15 40. 2 ; Ki 2:1 as
temples, and as places for holding councils, and assembling the people. For a satisfactory elucidation of this subject, consult the Fragments to Calmet, Nos 156, 735, 736.