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Genesis 31

NLT 1 But Jacob soon learned that Laban’s sons were grumbling about him. “Jacob has robbed our father of everything!” they said. “He has gained all his wealth at our father’s expense.” NIV 1 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” NLT 2 And Jacob began to notice a change in Laban’s attitude toward him. NIV 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been. NLT 3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.” NIV 3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” NLT 4 So Jacob called Rachel and Leah out to the field where he was watching his flock. NIV 4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. NLT 5 He said to them, “I have noticed that your father’s attitude toward me has changed. But the God of my father has been with me. NIV 5 He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. NLT 6 You know how hard I have worked for your father, NIV 6 You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, NLT 7 but he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times. But God has not allowed him to do me any harm. NIV 7 yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. NLT 8 For if he said, ‘The speckled animals will be your wages,’ the whole flock began to produce speckled young. And when he changed his mind and said, ‘The striped animals will be your wages,’ then the whole flock produced striped young. NIV 8 If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young. NLT 9 In this way, God has taken your father’s animals and given them to me. NIV 9 So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me. NLT 10 “One time during the mating season, I had a dream and saw that the male goats mating with the females were streaked, speckled, and spotted. NIV 10 “In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted. NLT 11 Then in my dream, the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ And I replied, ‘Yes, here I am.’ NIV 11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ NLT 12 “The angel said, ‘Look up, and you will see that only the streaked, speckled, and spotted males are mating with the females of your flock. For I have seen how Laban has treated you. NIV 12 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. NLT 13 I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, the place where you anointed the pillar of stone and made your vow to me. Now get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth.’” NIV 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’ ” NLT 14 Rachel and Leah responded, “That’s fine with us! We won’t inherit any of our father’s wealth anyway. NIV 14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? NLT 15 He has reduced our rights to those of foreign women. And after he sold us, he wasted the money you paid him for us. NIV 15 Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. NLT 16 All the wealth God has given you from our father legally belongs to us and our children. So go ahead and do whatever God has told you.” NIV 16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.” NLT 17 So Jacob put his wives and children on camels, NIV 17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, NLT 18 and he drove all his livestock in front of him. He packed all the belongings he had acquired in Paddan-aram and set out for the land of Canaan, where his father, Isaac, lived. NIV 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. NLT 19 At the time they left, Laban was some distance away, shearing his sheep. Rachel stole her father’s household idols and took them with her. NIV 19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. NLT 20 Jacob outwitted Laban the Aramean, for they set out secretly and never told Laban they were leaving. NIV 20 Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. NLT 21 So Jacob took all his possessions with him and crossed the Euphrates River, heading for the hill country of Gilead. NIV 21 So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead. NLT 22 Three days later, Laban was told that Jacob had fled. NIV 22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. NLT 23 So he gathered a group of his relatives and set out in hot pursuit. He caught up with Jacob seven days later in the hill country of Gilead. NIV 23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. NLT 24 But the previous night God had appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream and told him, “I’m warning you—leave Jacob alone!” NIV 24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.” NLT 25 Laban caught up with Jacob as he was camped in the hill country of Gilead, and he set up his camp not far from Jacob’s. NIV 25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. NLT 26 “What do you mean by deceiving me like this?” Laban demanded. “How dare you drag my daughters away like prisoners of war? NIV 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war. NLT 27 Why did you slip away secretly? Why did you deceive me? And why didn’t you say you wanted to leave? I would have given you a farewell feast, with singing and music, accompanied by tambourines and harps. NIV 27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps? NLT 28 Why didn’t you let me kiss my daughters and grandchildren and tell them good-bye? You have acted very foolishly! NIV 28 You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. NLT 29 I could destroy you, but the God of your father appeared to me last night and warned me, ‘Leave Jacob alone!’ NIV 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ NLT 30 I can understand your feeling that you must go, and your intense longing for your father’s home. But why have you stolen my gods?” NIV 30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods?” NLT 31 “I rushed away because I was afraid,” Jacob answered. “I thought you would take your daughters from me by force. NIV 31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. NLT 32 But as for your gods, see if you can find them, and let the person who has taken them die! And if you find anything else that belongs to you, identify it before all these relatives of ours, and I will give it back!” But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the household idols. NIV 32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods. NLT 33 Laban went first into Jacob’s tent to search there, then into Leah’s, and then the tents of the two servant wives—but he found nothing. Finally, he went into Rachel’s tent. NIV 33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent. NLT 34 But Rachel had taken the household idols and hidden them in her camel saddle, and now she was sitting on them. When Laban had thoroughly searched her tent without finding them, NIV 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing. NLT 35 she said to her father, “Please, sir, forgive me if I don’t get up for you. I’m having my monthly period.” So Laban continued his search, but he could not find the household idols. NIV 35 Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.” So he searched but could not find the household gods. NLT 36 Then Jacob became very angry, and he challenged Laban. “What’s my crime?” he demanded. “What have I done wrong to make you chase after me as though I were a criminal? NIV 36 Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. “What is my crime?” he asked Laban. “How have I wronged you that you hunt me down? NLT 37 You have rummaged through everything I own. Now show me what you found that belongs to you! Set it out here in front of us, before our relatives, for all to see. Let them judge between us! NIV 37 Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us. NLT 38 “For twenty years I have been with you, caring for your flocks. In all that time your sheep and goats never miscarried. In all those years I never used a single ram of yours for food. NIV 38 “I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. NLT 39 If any were attacked and killed by wild animals, I never showed you the carcass and asked you to reduce the count of your flock. No, I took the loss myself! You made me pay for every stolen animal, whether it was taken in broad daylight or in the dark of night. NIV 39 I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. NLT 40 “I worked for you through the scorching heat of the day and through cold and sleepless nights. NIV 40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. NLT 41 Yes, for twenty years I slaved in your house! I worked for fourteen years earning your two daughters, and then six more years for your flock. And you changed my wages ten times! NIV 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. 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!” NIV 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.” NLT 43 Then Laban replied to Jacob, “These women are my daughters, these children are my grandchildren, and these flocks are my flocks—in fact, everything you see is mine. But what can I do now about my daughters and their children? NIV 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? NLT 44 So come, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and it will be a witness to our commitment.” NIV 44 Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.” NLT 45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a monument. NIV 45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. NLT 46 Then he told his family members, “Gather some stones.” So they gathered stones and piled them in a heap. Then Jacob and Laban sat down beside the pile of stones to eat a covenant meal. NIV 46 He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap. NLT 47 To commemorate the event, Laban called the place Jegar-sahadutha (which means “witness pile” in Aramaic), and Jacob called it Galeed (which means “witness pile” in Hebrew). NIV 47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed. NLT 48 Then Laban declared, “This pile of stones will stand as a witness to remind us of the covenant we have made today.” This explains why it was called Galeed—“Witness Pile.” NIV 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. NLT 49 But it was also called Mizpah (which means “watchtower”), for Laban said, “May the LORD keep watch between us to make sure that we keep this covenant when we are out of each other’s sight. NIV 49 It was also called Mizpah, because he said, “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. NLT 50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you marry other wives, God will see it even if no one else does. He is a witness to this covenant between us. NIV 50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.” NLT 51 “See this pile of stones,” Laban continued, “and see this monument I have set between us. NIV 51 Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me. NLT 52 They stand between us as witnesses of our vows. I will never pass this pile of stones to harm you, and you must never pass these stones or this monument to harm me. NIV 52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. NLT 53 I call on the God of our ancestors—the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of my grandfather Nahor—to serve as a judge between us.” So Jacob took an oath before the fearsome God of his father, Isaac, to respect the boundary line. NIV 53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac. NLT 54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice to God there on the mountain and invited everyone to a covenant feast. After they had eaten, they spent the night on the mountain. NIV 54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there. NLT 55 Laban got up early the next morning, and he kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home. NIV 55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.

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