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31 1 JACOB LEARNT that Laban's sons were saying, 'Jacob has taken everything that was our father's, and all his wealth has come from our father's property.' 31 2 He also noticed that Laban was not so well disposed to him as he had once been. 31 3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, 'Go back to the land of your fathers and to your kindred. I will be with you.' 31 4 So Jacob sent to fetch Rachel and Leah to his flocks out in the country 31 5 and said to them, 'I see that your father is not as well disposed to me as once he was; yet the God of my father has been with me. 31 6 You know how I have served your father to the best of my power, 31 7 but he has cheated me and changed my wages ten times over. Yet God did not let him do me any harm. 31 8 If Laban said, "The spotted ones shall be your wages", then all the flock bore spotted young; and if he said, "The striped ones shall be your wages", then all the flock bore striped young. 31 9 God has taken away your father's property and has given it to me. 31 10 In the season when the flocks were on heat, I had a dream: I looked up and saw that the he-goats mounting the flock were striped and spotted and dappled. 31 11 The angel of God said to me in my dream, "Jacob", and I replied, "Here I am", 31 12 and he said, "Look up and see: all the he-goats mounting the flock are striped and spotted and dappled. I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. 31 13 I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel where you anointed a sacred pillar and where you made your vow. Now leave this country at once and return to the land of your birth." ' 31 14 Rachel and Leah answered him, 'We no longer have any part or lot in our father's house. 31 15 Does he not look on us as foreigners, now that he has sold us and spent on himself the whole of the money paid for us? 31 16 But all the wealth which God has saved from our father's clutches is ours and our children's. Now do everything that God has said.'

31 17 Jacob at once set his sons and his wives on camels, 31 18 and drove off all the herds and livestock which he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to his father Isaac in Canaan. 31 19 When Laban the Aramaean had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household gods, 31 20 and Jacob deceived Laban, keeping his departure secret. 31 21 So Jacob ran away with all that he had, crossed the River and made for the hill-country of Gilead.


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