Genesis 31:42

42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”

Genesis 31:42 in Other Translations

KJV
42 Except 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.
ESV
42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night."
NLT
42 In fact, if the God of my father had not been on my side—the God of Abraham and the fearsome God of Isaac —you would have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen your abuse and my hard work. That is why he appeared to you last night and rebuked you!”
MSG
42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not stuck with me, you would have sent me off penniless. But God saw the fix I was in and how hard I had worked and last night rendered his verdict."
CSB
42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, certainly now you would have sent me off empty-handed. But God has seen my affliction and my hard work, and He issued His verdict last night."

Genesis 31:42 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 31:42

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear
of Isaac, had been with me
One and the same God is meant, who was the God of his father Isaac, and before him the God of Abraham, and now the fear of Isaac, whom he feared and served with reverence and godly fear, being at this present time a worshipper of him: now Jacob suggests, that unless his father's God had been on his side, and had protected and preserved him, as well as before blessed and prospered him, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty:
coming with such force upon him, he would have stripped him of all he had, of his wives and children, and servants and cattle: God hath seen my affliction, and the labour of my hands;
what hardships he endured in Laban's service, and what pains he took in feeding his flocks: and rebuked [thee] yesternight;
in a dream, charging him to say neither good nor evil to Jacob, which he himself had confessed, ( Genesis 31:29 ) .

Genesis 31:42 In-Context

40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
41 It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.
42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”
43 Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne?
44 Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.”

Cross References 6

  • 1. S ver 5; S Exodus 3:15; 1 Chronicles 12:17
  • 2. S Genesis 24:12
  • 3. ver 53; Genesis 46:1; Isaiah 8:13
  • 4. S Genesis 21:22; Psalms 124:1-2
  • 5. S Genesis 3:17; Genesis 29:32
  • 6. S Genesis 24:50