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Genesis 31

Jacob upon displeasure departeth secretly.

Genesis 31:1 Now he heard the words of Labans sonnes, saying, Iaakob hath taken away all that was our fathers, and of our fathers goods hath he gotten all this honour. Genesis 31:2 Also Iaakob beheld the countenance of Laban, that it was not towards him as in times past: Genesis 31:3 And the Lorde had said vnto Iaakob, Turne againe into the lande of thy fathers, and to thy kinred, and I wilbe with thee. Genesis 31:4 Therefore Iaakob sent and called Rahel and Leah to the fielde vnto his flocke. Genesis 31:5 Then sayde hee vnto them, I see your fathers countenance, that it is not towardes me as it was wont, and the God of my father hath bene with me. Genesis 31:6 And yee knowe that I haue serued your father with all my might. Genesis 31:7 But your father hath deceiued me, & changed my wages tenne times: but God suffred him not to hurt me. Genesis 31:8 If he thus sayd, The spotted shall be thy wages, then all the sheepe bare spotted: and if he sayd thus, the party coloured shalbe thy rewarde, then bare all the sheepe particoloured. Genesis 31:9 Thus hath God taken away your fathers substance, and giuen it me. Genesis 31:10 For in ramming time I lifted vp mine eyes and saw in a dreame, & beholde, ye hee goates leaped vpon the shee goates, that were partie coloured with litle and great spots spotted. Genesis 31:11 And the Angel of God sayde to mee in a dreame, Iaakob; I answered, Lo, I am here. Genesis 31:12 And he sayde, Lift vp nowe thine eyes, and see all the hee goates leaping vpon ye shee goates that are partie coloured, spotted with litle and great spots: for I haue seene all that Laban doeth vnto thee. Genesis 31:13 I am the God of Beth-el, where thou anoyntedst the pillar, where thou vowedst a vowe vnto me. Nowe arise, get thee out of this countrey and returne vnto ye land where thou wast borne. Genesis 31:14 Then answered Rahel and Leah, and sayde vnto him, Haue wee any more porcion and inheritance in our fathers house? Genesis 31:15 Doeth not he count vs as strangers? For he hath solde vs, and hath eaten vp and consumed our money. Genesis 31:16 Therefore all the riches, which God hath taken from our father, is ours and our childrens: nowe then whatsoeuer God hath saide vnto thee, doe it.

Genesis 31:17 Then Iaakob rose vp, and set his sonnes and his wiues vpon camels. Genesis 31:18 And he caried away all his flockes, & al his substance which he had gotten, to wit, his riches, which he had gotten in Padan Aram, to goe to Izhak his father vnto the land of Canaan.

Rachel stealeth her father's images.

Genesis 31:19 Whe Laban was gone to shere his sheepe, Then Rahel stole her fathers idoles. Genesis 31:20 Thus Iaakob stole away ye heart of Laban the Aramite: for he told him not that he fled. Genesis 31:21 So fled he with all that he had, and he rose vp, and passed the riuer, and set his face towarde mount Gilead.

Laban pursueth after Jacob,

Genesis 31:22 And the third day after was it told Laban, that Iaakob fled. Genesis 31:23 Then he tooke his brethren with him, & followed after him seuen dayes iourney, and ouertooke him at mount Gilead. Genesis 31:24 And God came to Laban the Aramite in a dreame by night, and sayde vnto him, Take heede that thou speake not to Iaakob ought saue good.

Genesis 31:25 Then Laban ouertooke Iaakob, & Iaakob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban also with his brethren pitched vpon mount Gilead.

and complaineth of the wrong.

Genesis 31:26 Then Laban sayde to Iaakob, What hast thou done? thou hast euen stolen away mine heart and caried away my daughters as though they had bene taken captiues with the sworde. Genesis 31:27 Wherfore diddest thou flie so secretly and steale away from me, and diddest not tel me, that I might haue sent thee foorth with mirth & with songs, with timbrel and with harpe? Genesis 31:28 But thou hast not suffered me to kisse my sonnes and my daughters: nowe thou hast done foolishly in doing so. Genesis 31:29 I am able to do you euill: but the God of your father spake vnto me yesternight, saying, Take heed that thou speake not to Iaakob ought saue good. Genesis 31:30 Nowe though thou wentest thy way, because thou greatly longedst after thy fathers house, yet wherefore hast thou stollen my gods? Genesis 31:31 Then Iaakob answered, and said to Laban, Because I was afraid, & thought that thou wouldest haue taken thy daughters from me. Genesis 31:32 But with whome thou findest thy gods, let him not liue. Search thou before our brethre what I haue of thine, & take it to thee, (but Iaakob wist not that Rahel had stolen them) Genesis 31:33 Then came Laban into Iaakobs tent, and into Leahs tent, and into the two maides tentes, but founde them not. So hee went out of Leahs tent, and entred into Rahels tent.

Rachel's policy to hide the images.

Genesis 31:34 (Nowe Rahel had taken the idoles, & put them in the camels litter and sate downe vpon them) and Laban searched al the tent, but found them not. Genesis 31:35 Then said she to her father, My Lord, be not angrie that I cannot rise vp before thee: for the custome of women is vpo me: so he searched, but found not the idoles.

Jacob's complaint of Laban.

Genesis 31:36 The Iaakob was wroth, and chode with Laban: Iaakob also answered and sayd to Laban, What haue I trespassed? what haue I offended, that thou hast pursued after me? Genesis 31:37 Seeing thou hast searched all my stuffe, what hast thou foud of all thine houshold stuffe? put it here before my brethren & thy brethren, that they may iudge betweene vs both. Genesis 31:38 This twenty yere I haue bin with thee: thine ewes & thy goates haue not cast their yong, and the rammes of thy flocke haue I not eaten. Genesis 31:39 Whatsoeuer was torne of beasts, I brought it not vnto thee, but made it good my selfe: of mine hand diddest thou require it, were it stollen by day or stollen by night. Genesis 31:40 I was in the day consumed with heate, and with frost in the night, and my sleepe departed from mine eyes. Genesis 31:41 Thus haue I bene twentie yeere in thine house, and serued thee fourteene yeeres for thy two daughters, and sixe yeeres for thy sheepe, and thou hast changed my wages tenne times. Genesis 31:42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the feare of Izhak had bene with me, surely thou haddest sent me away nowe emptie: but God behelde my tribulation, & the labour of mine hads, & rebuked thee yester night.

The covenant of Laban and Jacob at Galeed.

Genesis 31:43 Then Laban answered, and saide vnto Iaakob, These daughters are my daughters, & these sonnes are my sonnes, and these sheepe are my sheepe, and all that thou seest, is mine, and what can I doe this day vnto these my daughters, or to their sonnes which they haue borne? Genesis 31:44 Nowe therefore come and let vs make a couenant, I and thou, which may be a witnes betweene me and thee. Genesis 31:45 Then tooke Iaakob a stone, and set it vp as a pillar: Genesis 31:46 And Iaakob sayde vnto his brethren, Gather stones: who brought stones, and made an heape, and they did eate there vpon the heape. Genesis 31:47 And Laban called it Iegar-sahadutha, and Iaakob called it Galeed. Genesis 31:48 For Laban sayd, This heape is witnesse betweene me and thee this day: therefore he called the name of it Galeed. Genesis 31:49 Also he called it Mizpah, because he said, The Lorde looke betweene me and thee, when we shalbe departed one from another, Genesis 31:50 If thou shalt vexe my daughters, or shalt take wiues beside my daughters: there is no man with vs, beholde, God is witnesse betweene me and thee. Genesis 31:51 Moreouer Laban sayd to Iaakob, Beholde this heape, and behold the pillar, which I haue set betweene me and thee, Genesis 31:52 This heape shall be witnesse, and the pillar shall be witnesse, that I will not come ouer this heape to thee, and that thou shalt not passe ouer this heape and this pillar vnto me for euill. Genesis 31:53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nabor, and the God of their father be iudge betweene vs: But Iaakob sware by the feare of his father Izhak. Genesis 31:54 Then Iaakob did offer a sacrifice vpon the mount, and called his brethren to eate bread; they did eate bread, and taried all night in the mount. Genesis 31:55 And earely in the morning Laban rose vp and kissed his sonnes and his daughters, & blessed them, & Laban departing, went vnto his place againe.

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