31a- Jacob Left Laban

Genesis 31:1-21
Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons.

Laban’s sons: Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s; and from that which was our father’s he has gotten all this glory (wealth).

Jacob looked at Laban’s face, and it was not toward him as before.

Laban was no longer pleased and it showed on his face.

The Lord (to Jacob): Return to the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you.

Jacob sent for Rachel and Leah to come to the field where he was tending his flock.

Jacob: I see your father’s face is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my power. And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God did not allow him to hurt me. If your father said, The speckled shall be your wages; then all the cattle bore speckled offspring: and if he said, The ring-streaked shall be your hire; then all the cattle bore ring-streaked offspring. In this manner, God has taken away the cattle of your father and given them to me. At the time that the cattle conceived, I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ring-streaked, speckled, and grisled. And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, “Jacob, lift up your eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ring-streaked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban does to you. I am the God of Beth–el, where you anointed the pillar, and where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise and get out of this land and return to the land of your kindred.”

Rachel and Leah: Is there any inheritance for us in our father’s house? Are we counted as strangers to him? He has sold us and has devoured our money. All the riches which God has taken from our father is ours and our children’s. Whatever God has said to you, do.

Jacob put his sons and his wives upon camels, and he carried away all his cattle and goods which he had gotten in Paddan–aram to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

When Laban went to shear his sheep, Rachel had stolen his images (idols).

Jacob did not tell Laban that he fled. He left secretly, and Laban the Syria was unaware of his departure. He fled with all that he had and passed over the river and headed toward the mountain Gilead.


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