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katapi HOME Genesis 31:1-21 - JACOB flees from Laban.  Gn.31.1-21

31 1 Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, "Jacob has taken all that was our father's; and from what was our father's he has gained all this wealth." 31 2 And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favour as before. 31 3 Then Yahweh said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you." 31 4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was, 31 5 and said to them, "I see that your father does not regard me with favour as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. 31 6 You know that I have served your father with all my strength; 31 7 yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not permit him to harm me. 31 8 If he said, 'The spotted shall be your wages,' then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, 'The striped shall be your wages,' then all the flock bore striped. 31 9 Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me. 31 10 In the mating season of the flock I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream that the he-goats which leaped upon the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. 31 11 Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am! 31 12 And he said, 'Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that leap upon the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. 31 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go forth from this land, and return to the land of your birth.' " 31 14 Then Rachel and Leah answered him, "Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house? 31 15 Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has been using up the money given for us. 31 16 All the property which God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children; now then, whatever God has said to you, do."

31 17 So Jacob arose, and set his sons and his wives on camels; 31 18 and he drove away all his cattle, all his livestock which he had gained, the cattle in his possession which he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac. 31 19 Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father's household gods. 31 20 And Jacob outwitted Laban the Aramean, in that he did not tell him that he intended to flee. 31 21 He fled with all that he had, and arose and crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.


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