Genesis 31:40

40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.

Read Genesis 31:40 Using Other Translations

Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
There I was: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
“I worked for you through the scorching heat of the day and through cold and sleepless nights.

What does Genesis 31:40 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 31:40

[Thus] I was
In such a situation, as well as in the following uncomfortable plight and condition: in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night:
the violent heat in the daytime scorched him, and the severe frosts in the night pinched him: that is, in the different seasons of the year, the heat of the day in the summertime, and the cold of the night in the wintertime; for it cannot well be thought that there should be excessive heat in the day and sharp frosts in the night, in the same season of the year: it looks as if Laban did not allow Jacob the proper conveniencies of clothes, and of tents to secure him from the inclemency of the weather, which other shepherds usually had: and my sleep departed from mine eyes;
through diligent care and watchfulness of the flocks in the night season, which on some occasions were necessary; see ( Luke 2:8 ) .

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