And he heareth the words of Laban's sons, saying, 'Jacob
hath taken all that our father hath; yea, from that which our father hath, he
hath made all this honour;'
and Jacob seeth the face of Laban, and lo, it is not with
him as heretofore.
And Jehovah saith unto Jacob, 'Turn back unto the land of
thy fathers, and to thy kindred, and I am with thee.'
And Jacob sendeth and calleth for Rachel and for Leah to the
field unto his flock;
and saith to them, 'I am beholding your father's face --
that it is not towards me as heretofore, and the God of my father hath been
and ye -- ye have known that with all my power I have served
and your father hath played upon me, and hath changed my
hire ten times; and God hath not suffered him to do evil with me.
'If he say thus: The speckled are thy hire, then bare all
the flock speckled ones; and if he say thus: The ring-straked are thy hire,
then bare all the flock ring-straked;
and God taketh away the substance of your father, and doth
give to me.
'And it cometh to pass at the time of the flock conceiving,
that I lift up mine eyes and see in a dream, and lo, the he-goats, which are
going up on the flock, are ring-straked, speckled, and grisled;
and the messenger of God saith unto me in the dream, Jacob,
and I say, Here am I.
'And He saith, Lift up, I pray thee, thine eyes, and see --
all the he-goats which are going up on the flock are ring-straked,
speckled, and grisled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to thee;
I am the God of Bethel where thou hast anointed a
standing pillar, where thou hast vowed a vow to me; now, arise, go out from
this land, and turn back unto the land of thy birth.'
And Rachel answereth -- Leah also -- and saith to him, 'Have
we yet a portion and inheritance in the house of our father?
have we not been reckoned strangers to him? for he hath sold
us, and he also utterly consumeth our money;
for all the wealth which God hath taken away from our
father, it is ours, and our children's; and now, all that God hath said
unto thee -- do.'
And Jacob riseth, and lifteth up his sons and his wives on
and leadeth all his cattle, and all his substance which he
hath acquired, the cattle of his getting, which he hath acquired in Padan-Aram,
to go unto Isaac his father, to the land of Canaan.
And Laban hath gone to shear his flock, and Rachel stealeth
the teraphim which her father hath;
and Jacob deceiveth the heart of Laban the Aramaean, because
he hath not declared to him that he is fleeing;
and he fleeth, he and all that he hath, and riseth, and
passeth over the River, and setteth his face toward the mount of Gilead.
And it is told to Laban on the third day that Jacob hath
and he taketh his brethren with him, and pursueth after him
a journey of seven days, and overtaketh him in the mount of Gilead.
And God cometh in unto Laban the Aramaean in a dream of the
night, and saith to him, 'Take heed to thyself lest thou speak with Jacob from
good unto evil.'
And Laban overtaketh Jacob; and Jacob hath fixed his tent in
the mount; and Laban with his brethren have fixed theirs in the mount of
And Laban saith to Jacob, 'What hast thou done that thou
dost deceive my heart, and lead away my daughters as captives of the sword?
Why hast thou hidden thyself to flee, and deceivest me, and
hast not declared to me, and I send thee away with joy and with songs, with
tabret and with harp,
and hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters?
-- now thou hast acted foolishly in doing so;
my hand is to God to do evil with you, but the God of your
father yesternight hath spoken unto me, saying, Take heed to thyself from
speaking with Jacob from good unto evil.
'And now, thou hast certainly gone, because thou hast been
very desirous for the house of thy father; why hast thou stolen my gods?'
And Jacob answereth and saith to Laban, 'Because I was
afraid, for I said, Lest thou take violently away thy daughters from me;
with whomsoever thou findest thy gods -- he doth not live;
before our brethren discern for thyself what is with me, and take to
thyself:' and Jacob hath not known that Rachel hath stolen them.
And Laban goeth into the tent of Jacob, and into the tent of
Leah, and into the tent of the two handmaidens, and hath not found; and he
goeth out from the tent of Leah, and goeth into the tent of Rachel.
And Rachel hath taken the teraphim, and putteth them in the
furniture of the camel, and sitteth upon them; and Laban feeleth all the tent,
and hath not found;
and she saith unto her father, 'Let it not be displeasing in
the eyes of my lord that I am not able to rise at thy presence, for the way of
women is on me;' and he searcheth, and hath not found the teraphim.
And it is displeasing to Jacob, and he striveth with Laban;
and Jacob answereth and saith to Laban, 'What is my transgression? what
my sin, that thou hast burned after me?
for thou hast felt all my vessels: what hast thou found of
all the vessels of thy house? set here before my brethren, and thy brethren,
and they decide between us both.
'These twenty years I am with thee: thy ewes and thy
she-goats have not miscarried, and the rams of thy flock I have not eaten;
the torn I have not brought in unto thee -- I, I repay it --
from my hand thou dost seek it; I have been deceived by day, and I have been
deceived by night;
I have been thus: in the day consumed me hath
drought, and frost by night, and wander doth my sleep from mine eyes.
'This is to me twenty years in thy house: I have
served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy flock;
and thou changest my hire ten times;
unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the
Fear of Isaac, had been for me, surely now empty thou hadst sent me away; mine
affliction and the labour of my hands hath God seen, and reproveth
And Laban answereth and saith unto Jacob, 'The daughters are
my daughters, and the sons my sons, and the flock my flock, and all that thou
art seeing is mine; and to my daughters -- what do I to these to-day, or
to their sons whom they have born?
and now, come, let us make a covenant, I and thou, and it
hath been for a witness between me and thee.'
And Jacob taketh a stone, and lifteth it up for a
and Jacob saith to his brethren, 'Gather stones,' and they
take stones, and make a heap; and they eat there on the heap;
and Laban calleth it Jegar-Sahadutha; and Jacob hath called
And Laban saith, 'This heap is witness between me and
thee to-day;' therefore hath he called its name Galeed;
Mizpah also, for he said, 'Jehovah doth watch between me and
thee, for we are hidden one from another;
if thou afflict my daughters, or take wives beside my
daughters -- there is no man with us -- see, God is witness between me
And Laban saith to Jacob, 'Lo, this heap, and lo, the
standing pillar which I have cast between me and thee;
this heap is witness, and the standing pillar is
witness, that I do not pass over this heap unto thee, and that thou dost not
pass over this heap and this standing pillar unto me -- for evil;
the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, doth judge between
us -- the God of their father,' and Jacob sweareth by the Fear of his father
And Jacob sacrificeth a sacrifice in the mount, and calleth
to his brethren to eat bread, and they eat bread, and lodge in the mount;
and Laban riseth early in the morning, and kisseth his sons
and his daughters, and blesseth them; and Laban goeth on, and turneth back to