|Gen 31:1 Now Jacob heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and from what belonged to our father he has made all this wealth."
|Gen 31:2 Jacob saw the attitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly.
|Gen 31:3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."
|Gen 31:4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,
|Gen 31:5 and said to them, "I see your father's attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but the God of my father has been with me.
|Gen 31:6 "You know that I have served your father with all my strength.
|Gen 31:7 "Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to hurt me.
|Gen 31:8 "If he spoke thus, 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then all the flock brought forth speckled; and if he spoke thus, 'The striped shall be your wages,' then all the flock brought forth striped.
|Gen 31:9 "Thus God has taken away your father's livestock and given them to me.
|Gen 31:10 "And it came about at the time when the flock were mating that I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which were mating were striped, speckled, and mottled.
|Gen 31:11 "Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am.'
|Gen 31:12 "He said, 'Lift up now your eyes and see that all the male goats which are mating are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
|Gen 31:13 'I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.'"
|Gen 31:14 Rachel and Leah said to him, "Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father's house?
|Gen 31:15 "Are we not reckoned by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also entirely consumed our purchase price.
|Gen 31:16 "Surely all the wealth which God has taken away from our father belongs to us and our children; now then, do whatever God has said to you."
|Gen 31:17 ¶ Then Jacob arose and put his children and his wives upon camels;
|Gen 31:18 and he drove away all his livestock and all his property which he had gathered, his acquired livestock which he had gathered in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac.
|Gen 31:19 When Laban had gone to shear his flock, then Rachel stole the household idols that were her father's.
|Gen 31:20 And Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him that he was fleeing.
|Gen 31:21 So he fled with all that he had; and he arose and crossed the Euphrates River, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.
|Gen 31:22 ¶ When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,
|Gen 31:23 then he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days' journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.
|Gen 31:24 God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream of the night and said to him, "Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad."
|Gen 31:25 ¶ Laban caught up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsmen camped in the hill country of Gilead.
|Gen 31:26 Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done by deceiving me and carrying away my daughters like captives of the sword?
|Gen 31:27 "Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with timbrel and with lyre;
|Gen 31:28 and did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly.
|Gen 31:29 "It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Be careful not to speak either good or bad to Jacob.'
|Gen 31:30 "Now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father's house; but why did you steal my gods?"
|Gen 31:31 Then Jacob replied to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.
|Gen 31:32 "The one with whom you find your gods shall not live; in the presence of our kinsmen point out what is yours among my belongings and take it for yourself." For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
|Gen 31:33 ¶ So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah's tent and entered Rachel's tent.
|Gen 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel's saddle, and she sat on them. And Laban felt through all the tent but did not find them.
|Gen 31:35 She said to her father, "Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the manner of women is upon me." So he searched but did not find the household idols.
|Gen 31:36 ¶ Then Jacob became angry and contended with Laban; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me?
|Gen 31:37 "Though you have felt through all my goods, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsmen and your kinsmen, that they may decide between us two.
|Gen 31:38 "These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks.
|Gen 31:39 "That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
|Gen 31:40 "Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
|Gen 31:41 "These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you changed my wages ten times.
|Gen 31:42 "If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He rendered judgment last night."
|Gen 31:43 ¶ Then Laban replied to Jacob, "The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?
|Gen 31:44 "So now come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me."
|Gen 31:45 Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.
|Gen 31:46 Jacob said to his kinsmen, "Gather stones." So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.
|Gen 31:47 Now Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
|Gen 31:48 Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me this day." Therefore it was named Galeed,
|Gen 31:49 and Mizpah, for he said, "May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other.
|Gen 31:50 "If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, God is witness between you and me."
|Gen 31:51 Laban said to Jacob, "Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between you and me.
|Gen 31:52 "This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
|Gen 31:53 "The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us." So Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.
|Gen 31:54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his kinsmen to the meal; and they ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain.
|Gen 31:55 Early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.