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1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Yacob hath taken away all that
[was] our father's; and of [that] which [was] our father's hath he gotten all
2 And Yacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it [was] not toward
him as before.
3 And YAHUAH said unto Yacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy
kindred; and I will be with thee.
4 And Yacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
5 And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it [is] not toward
me as before; but YAHUAH of my father hath been with me.
6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but YAHUAH
suffered him not to hurt me.
8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare
speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all
the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus YAHUAH hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me.
10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up
mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the
cattle [were] ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
11 And the angel of YAHUAH spake unto me in a dream, [saying], Yacob: And I
said, Here [am] I.
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon
the cattle [are] ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that
Laban doeth unto thee.
13 I [am] YAHUAH of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, [and] where thou
vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto
the land of thy kindred.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, [Is there] yet any portion or
inheritance for us in our father's house?
15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite
devoured also our money.
16 For all the riches which YAHUAH hath taken from our father, that [is] ours,
and our children's: now then, whatsoever YAHUAH hath said unto thee, do.
17 Then Yacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten,
the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac
his father in the land of Canaan.
19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that
[were] her father's.
20 And Yacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not
that he fled.
21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river,
and set his face [toward] the mount Gilead.
22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Yacob was fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey;
and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
24 And YAHUAH came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him,
Take heed that thou speak not to Yacob either good or bad.
25 Then Laban overtook Yacob. Now Yacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and
Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Yacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away
unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives [taken] with the
27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst
not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with
tabret, and with harp?
28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done
foolishly in [so] doing.
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but YAHUAH of your father spake
unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Yacob either
good or bad.
30 And now, [though] thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst
after thy father's house, [yet] wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
31 And Yacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said,
Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren
discern thou what [is] thine with me, and take [it] to thee. For Yacob knew not
that Rachel had stolen them.
33 And Laban went into Yacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two
maidservants' tents; but he found [them] not. Then went he out of Leah's tent,
and entered into Rachel's tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and
sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found [them] not.
35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my master that I cannot rise
up before thee; for the custom of women [is] upon me. And he searched, but found
not the images.
36 And Yacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Yacob answered and said to
Laban, What [is] my trespass? what [is] my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued
37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy
household stuff? set [it] here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they
may judge betwixt us both.
38 This twenty years [have] I [been] with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have
not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
39 That which was torn [of beasts] I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of
it; of my hand didst thou require it, [whether] stolen by day, or stolen by
40 [Thus] I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and
my sleep departed from mine eyes.
41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for
thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages
42 Except YAHUAH of my father, YAH of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been
with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. YAHUAH hath seen mine
affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked [thee] yesternight.
43 And Laban answered and said unto Yacob, [These] daughters [are] my daughters,
and [these] children [are] my children, and [these] cattle [are] my cattle, and
all that thou seest [is] mine: and what can I do this day unto these my
daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be
for a witness between me and thee.
45 And Yacob took a stone, and set it up [for] a pillar.
46 And Yacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and
made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Yacob called it Galeed.
48 And Laban said, This heap [is] a witness between me and thee this day.
Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
49 And Mizpah; for he said, YAHUAH watch between me and thee, when we are absent
one from another.
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take [other] wives
beside my daughters, no man [is] with us; see, YAHUAH [is] witness betwixt me
51 And Laban said to Yacob, Behold this heap, and behold [this] pillar, which I
have cast betwixt me and thee;
52 This heap [be] witness, and [this] pillar [be] witness, that I will not pass
over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this
pillar unto me, for harm.
53 YAH of Abraham, and YAH of Nahor, YAH of their father, judge betwixt us. And
Yacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
54 Then Yacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat
bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his
daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.