He also saw that Laban was no longer as friendly as he had been earlier.
Then the Lord said to him, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives. I will be with you."
So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to meet him in the field where his flocks were.
He said to them, "I have noticed that your father is not as friendly toward me as he used to be; but my father's God has been with me.
You both know that I have worked for your father with all my strength.
Yet he has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not let him harm me.
Whenever Laban said, "The speckled goats shall be your wages,' all the flocks produced speckled young. When he said, "The striped goats shall be your wages,' all the flocks produced striped young.
God has taken flocks away from your father and given them to me.
"During the breeding season I had a dream, and I saw that the male goats that were mating were striped, spotted, and speckled.
The angel of God spoke to me in the dream and said, "Jacob!' "Yes,' I answered.
"Look,' he continued, "all the male goats that are mating are striped, spotted, and speckled. I am making this happen because I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.