Genesis 30:27

27 Laban said to him, "If I have pleased you, please stay. I know the Lord has blessed me because of you.

Genesis 30:27 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 30:27

And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour
in thine eyes, tarry
One would think he could not expect to have much from him, by his treatment of him; but he craftily cajoles him in this fawning, flattering way, in order to gain a point, and begs of him, in a very humble and suppliant manner, if he had any love for him, that he would not depart from him, but stay with him, which he should take as a great favour; for he could not insist upon it, as bound in duty, or as a point of justice: for I have learned by experience;
by the observations made in the fourteen years past; that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake:
Laban had so much religion as to ascribe the blessings, the good things he had, to the Lord, as the author and giver of them; and so much honour, or however, thought it was more his interest to own it, that it was for Jacob's sake that he was thus blessed: the word translated is used sometimes of divination, and the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem render it, "I have used divinations"; and according to Jarchi and Aben Ezra, Laban was a diviner and soothsayer; and by the teraphim he had in his house, ( Genesis 31:19 ) ; he divined, and knew thereby that he was blessed for the sake of Jacob; but, as Schmidt observes, it is not credible that the devil should give so famous a testimony to Laban of Jehovah and Jacob.

Genesis 30:27 In-Context

25 After the birth of Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Now let me go to my own home and country.
26 Give me my wives and my children and let me go. I have earned them by working for you, and you know that I have served you well."
27 Laban said to him, "If I have pleased you, please stay. I know the Lord has blessed me because of you.
28 Tell me what I should pay you, and I will give it to you."
29 Jacob answered, "You know that I have worked hard for you, and your flocks have grown while I cared for them.
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