Genesis 31 ©
Jacob is regarded with an evil eye by Laban and his sons; is commanded by God to return to his own land, and proposeth his departure to his wives. He removeth secretly with his family and substance; Rachel stealeth her father's images. Laban pursueth after him; is warned of God, and overtaking Jacob complaineth of the wrong. Jacob, ignorant of the theft, permitteth Laban to search for the images; Rachel's policy to hide them. Jacob's complaint of Laban. The covenant of Jacob and Laban: Laban returneth home.
AND he heard athe 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 bglory.
And Jacob beheld cthe countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him 1as before.
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
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 hbeen with me.
If he said thus, lThe 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.
Thus God hath taken away mthe cattle of your father, and given them to me.
And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
For tall 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.
¶Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
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 Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the 3images that were her father's.
And Jacob stole away unawares to 4Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.
¶Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and 6steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away bwith mirth, and with songs, with *tabret, and with harp?
And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into kLeah'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.
Now lRachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's *furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban 7searched all the tent, but found them not.
This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats thave not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have uI not eaten.
Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and athe fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God bhath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee c*yesternight.
¶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?
And Laban called it 9Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it 10Galeed.
And 11Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;
jThis 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.