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.
I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, where you dedicated a stone as a memorial by pouring olive oil on it and where you made a vow to me. Now get ready and go back to the land where you were born.' " 1
Rachel and Leah answered Jacob, "There is nothing left for us to inherit from our father.
He treats us like foreigners. He sold us, and now he has spent all the money he was paid for us.
All this wealth which God has taken from our father belongs to us and to our children. Do whatever God has told you."
So Jacob got ready to go back to his father in the land of Canaan. He put his children and his wives on the camels, and drove all his flocks ahead of him, with everything that he had gotten in Mesopotamia.