1 Jacob heard that Laban's sons were saying, "Jacob has taken everything that belonged to our father and has gained all his wealth from him."
2 He also noticed that Laban did not appear as friendly to him as before.
3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your ancestors and to your relatives, and I will be with you."
4 So Jacob sent a message to Rachel and Leah to come out to the open country where his flocks were.
5 He said to them, "I have seen that your father isn't as friendly to me as he was before, but the God of my father has been with me.
6 You know that I have worked as hard as I could for your father.
7 Your father has cheated me. He has changed my wages ten times. But God hasn't let him harm me.
8 Whenever he said, 'The speckled ones will be your wages,' all the flocks gave birth to speckled young. And whenever he said, 'The striped ones will be your wages,' all the flocks gave birth to striped young.
9 So God has taken away your father's livestock and has given them to me.
10 "During the mating season I had a dream: I looked up and saw that the male goats which were mating were striped, speckled, or spotted.
11 In the dream the Messenger of God called to me, 'Jacob!' And I answered, 'Yes, here I am.'