31c- Covenant between Jacob and Laban

Genesis 31:43-55

Laban: These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that you see is mine: and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children which they have born? Come, let us make a covenant, I and you; and let it be for a witness between me and you.

Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

Jacob (to his brethren): Gather stones.

And they took stones, and made an heap: and they ate there upon the heap.

And Laban called it Jegar–sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

Jegar–sahadutha means pile of testimony in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic. The Hebrew equivalent is Galeed.

Laban: This heap is a witness between me and you this day.

Therefore it was named Galeed And Mizpah.

Mizpah means the watch tower or the lookout.

Laban: The Lord watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. If you shall afflict my daughters, or if you shall take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us to see, God is witness between me and you.

Laban: Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast between me and you. This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.

Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. Then Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they ate bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

Early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his grandsons and his daughters and his granddaughter, and blessed them. Laban departed, and returned to his place.


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