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Book of Genesis  Chapter 31

Jacob leaves; Rachel hides the images (idols).

GENESIS 31:1  And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away  all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten  all this glory.

GENESIS 31:2  And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not  toward him as before.

GENESIS 31:3  And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers,  and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

GENESIS 31:4  And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his  flock,

GENESIS 31:5  And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not  toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.

GENESIS 31:6  And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

GENESIS 31:7  And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but  God suffered him not to hurt me.

GENESIS 31:8  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.

GENESIS 31:9  Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to  me.

GENESIS 31:10  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.

GENESIS 31:11  And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I  said, Here am I.

GENESIS 31:12  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.

GENESIS 31:13  I am the God 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.

GENESIS 31:14  And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any  portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?

GENESIS 31:15  Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath  quite devoured also our money.

GENESIS 31:16  For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is  ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

GENESIS 31:17  Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;

GENESIS 31:18  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.

GENESIS 31:19  And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images  that were her father's.

GENESIS 31:20  And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told  him not that he fled.

GENESIS 31:21  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.

GENESIS 31:22  And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

GENESIS 31:23  And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days'  journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

GENESIS 31:24  And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto  him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

GENESIS 31:25  Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the  mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

GENESIS 31:26  And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen  away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with  the sword?

GENESIS 31:27  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?

GENESIS 31:28  And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast  now done foolishly in so doing.

GENESIS 31:29  It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your  father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not  to Jacob either good or bad.

GENESIS 31:30  And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore  longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

GENESIS 31:31  And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I  said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.

GENESIS 31:32  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 Jacob  knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

GENESIS 31:33  And Laban went into Jacob'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.

GENESIS 31:34  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.

GENESIS 31:35  And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I  cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he  searched but found not the images.

GENESIS 31:36  And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and  said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly  pursued after me?

GENESIS 31:37  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.

GENESIS 31:38  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.

GENESIS 31:39  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 night.

GENESIS 31:40  Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by  night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.

GENESIS 31:41  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 ten times.

GENESIS 31:42  Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of  Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath  seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee  yesternight.

GENESIS 31:43  And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, 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?

GENESIS 31:44  Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let  it be for a witness between me and thee.

GENESIS 31:45  And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

GENESIS 31:46  And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took  stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.

GENESIS 31:47  And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

GENESIS 31:48  And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day.  Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;

GENESIS 31:49  And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we  are absent one from another.

GENESIS 31:50  If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other  wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me  and thee.

GENESIS 31:51  And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar,  which I have cast betwixt me and thee:

GENESIS 31:52  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.

GENESIS 31:53  The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father,  judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

GENESIS 31:54  Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren  to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

GENESIS 31:55  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.

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