1 Now Jacob heardI, II that the sonsIII of LabanIV were saying,
“JacobV has takenVI all that was our father’s;VII he has gainedVIII all this wealthIX from what belonged to our father.”
2 And Jacob sawX that Laban did not regardXI himXII as favorably as he did before.XIII, XIV
3 Then the LordXV said to Jacob, “ReturnXVI to the landXVII of your ancestorsXVIII and to your kindred,XIX and I will beXX with you.”
4 So Jacob sentXXI and calledXXII RachelXXIII and LeahXXIV into the fieldXXV where his flockXXVI was,
5 and said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me as favorably as he did before.XXVII But the GodXXVIII of my father has been with me. 6 You knowXXIX that I have servedXXX your father with all my strength;XXXI
7 yet your father has cheatedXXXII me and changedXXXIII my wagesXXXIV
tenXXXV times,XXXVI but God did not permitXXXVII him to harmXXXVIII me.
8 If he said, ‘The speckledXXXIX shall be your wages,’XL then all the flock boreXLI speckled; and if he said, ‘The stripedXLII shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped.
9 Thus God has taken awayXLIII the livestockXLIV of your father, and givenXLV them to me.
10 “DuringXLVI the matingXLVII of the flock I once had a dreamXLVIII in which I looked upXLIX
andL saw that the male goatsLI that leapedLII upon the flock were striped, speckled, and mottled.LIII
11 Then the angelLIV of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’LV 12 And he said, ‘LVILook up and see that all the goats that leap on the flock are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban is doingLVII to you.
13 I am the GodLVIII of Bethel,LIX where you anointedLX a pillarLXI and madeLXII a vowLXIII to me.
NowLXIV leaveLXV this land at once and return to the land of your birth.’”LXVI
14 Then Rachel and Leah answeredLXVII him, “Is there any portionLXVIII or inheritanceLXIX left to us in our father’s house?LXX
15 Are we not regardedLXXI by him as foreigners?LXXII For he has soldLXXIII us, and he has been using upLXXIV the moneyLXXV given for us.
16 All the propertyLXXVI that GodLXXVII has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children;LXXVIII now then, do whatever God has said to you.”
17 So Jacob arose,LXXIX and setLXXX his children and his wivesLXXXI on camels;LXXXII
18 and he drove awayLXXXIII all his livestock, all the propertyLXXXIV that he had gained,LXXXV
the livestock in his possessionLXXXVI that he had acquiredLXXXVII in Paddan-aram,LXXXVIII to goLXXXIX to his father IsaacXC in the land of Canaan.XCI
19 Now Laban had goneXCII to shearXCIII his sheep,XCIV and Rachel stoleXCV her father’s household gods.XCVI
20 And Jacob deceivedXCVII, XCVIII Laban the Aramean,XCIX in that he did not tellC him that he intended to flee.CI
21 So he fled with all that he had; starting outCII he crossedCIII the Euphrates,CIV and setCV his faceCVI toward the hill country of Gilead.CVII
22 On the thirdCVIII dayCIX Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 So he took his kinsfolkCX with him and pursuedCXI him for sevenCXII days until he caught up withCXIII him in the hill country of Gilead.
24 But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night,CXIV and said to him, “Take heedCXV that you sayCXVI not a word to Jacob, either goodCXVII or bad.”CXVIII
25 Laban overtookCXIX Jacob. Now Jacob had pitchedCXX his tentCXXI in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsfolk campedCXXII in the hill country of Gilead.
26 Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You have deceived me,CXXIII and carried awayCXXIV my daughtersCXXV like captivesCXXVI of the sword.CXXVII
27 Why did you fleeCXXVIII secretlyCXXIX and deceive me and not tell me? I would have sent you away with mirthCXXX and songs, with tambourineCXXXI and lyre.CXXXII
28 And why did you not permitCXXXIII me to kissCXXXIV my sons and my daughters farewell? What you have done is foolish.CXXXV 29 It is in my powerCXXXVI to do you harm; but the GodCXXXVII of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Take heed that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’
30 Even though you had to goCXXXVIII because you longed greatly forCXXXIX your father’s house, why did you steal my gods?”CXL
31 Jacob answered Laban, “Because I was afraid,CXLI for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.CXLII 32 But anyone with whom you findCXLIII your gods shall not live.CXLIV In the presence ofCXLV our kinsfolk, point outCXLVI what I have that is yours, and take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.
33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the tent of the twoCXLVII maids,CXLVIII but he did not find them. And he went outCXLIX of Leah’s tent, and enteredCL Rachel’s.
34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and putCLI them in the camel’s saddle,CLII and satCLIII on them. Laban feltCLIV all about in the tent, but did not find them.
35 And she said to her father, “Let not my lordCLV be angryCLVI, CLVII that I cannotCLVIII rise beforeCLIX you,
for the wayCLX of womenCLXI is upon me.” So he searched,CLXII but did not find the household gods.
36 Then Jacob became angry, and upbraidedCLXIII Laban. Jacob saidCLXIV to Laban, “What is my offense?CLXV What is my sin,CLXVI that you have hotly pursuedCLXVII me? 37 Although you have felt about through all my goods,CLXVIII what have you found of all your household goods?
Set it here before my kinsfolk and your kinsfolk, so that they may decideCLXIX between us two. 38 These twentyCLXX years I have been with you; your ewesCLXXI and your female goatsCLXXII have not miscarried,CLXXIII
and I have not eatenCLXXIV the ramsCLXXV of your flocks. 39 That which was tornCLXXVI by wild beasts I did not bringCLXXVII to you;
I bore the lossCLXXVIII of it myself; of my handCLXXIX you requiredCLXXX it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
40 It was like this with me: by day the heatCLXXXI consumedCLXXXII me, and the coldCLXXXIII by night, and my sleep fledCLXXXIV from my eyes.
41 These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteenCLXXXV years for your two daughters, and six yearsCLXXXVI for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of AbrahamCLXXXVII and the FearCLXXXVIII of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed.CLXXXIX
God saw my afflictionCXC and the laborCXCI of my hands,CXCII and rebukedCXCIII you last night.”
43 Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do todayCXCIV about these daughters of mine, or about their children whom they have borne? 44 Come now, let us makeCXCV a covenant,CXCVI you and I; and let it be a witnessCXCVII between you and me.”
45 So Jacob took a stone,CXCVIII and set it upCXCIX as a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his kinsfolk, “GatherCC stones,”
and they took stones, and madeCCI a heap;CCII and they ate there by the heap. 47 Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha:CCIII but Jacob called it Galeed.CCIV
48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” Therefore he calledCCV it Galeed, 49 and the pillar Mizpah,CCVI for he said, “The Lord watchCCVII between you and me, when we are absentCCVIII oneCCIX from the other.CCX
50 If you ill-treatCCXI my daughters, or if you take wives in addition to my daughters, though no oneCCXII else is with us, rememberCCXIII that God is witness between you and me.”
51 Then Laban said to Jacob, “SeeCCXIV this heap and seeCCXV the pillar, which I have setCCXVI between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness,CCXVII that I will not passCCXVIII beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor”CCXIX—the God of their father—“judgeCCXX between us.” So Jacob sworeCCXXI by the Fear of his father Isaac,
54 and Jacob offeredCCXXII a sacrificeCCXXIII on the height and called his kinsfolk to eat bread;CCXXIV and they ate bread and tarried all nightCCXXV in the hill country.
55 Early in the morningCCXXVI Laban rose up,CCXXVII and kissed his grandchildrenCCXXVIII and his daughters and blessedCCXXIX them; then he departedCCXXX and returned home.CCXXXI
Image credit: “Rachel Hides Laban’s Idols” by Lambsongs – Jill Kemp & Richard Gunther.