1 Now Jacob heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was
our father's, and from what was our father's he has acquired all this wealth.
2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as before.
3 And Jehovah said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I
will be with you.
4 So Jacob sent and summoned Rachel and Leah to the field, to his flock,
5 and said to them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but
the God of my father has been with me.
6 And you know that with all my strength I have served your father.
7 Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God has not
allowed him to do evil to me.
8 If he said thus: The speckled shall be your wages, then all the flocks bore speckled. And
if he said thus: The streaked shall be your wages, then all the flocks bore streaked.
9 So God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.
10 And it happened, at the time when the flocks were in heat, that I lifted up my eyes and
saw in a dream, and behold, the rams which mounted the flocks were streaked, speckled,
11 And the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob. And I said, Here am I.
12 And He said, Lift up your eyes now and see, all the rams which mount the flocks are
streaked, speckled, and spotted; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow to
Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your kindred.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance
for us in our father's house?
15 Are we not considered foreigners by him? For he has sold us, and also devoured and
consumed our money.
16 For all these riches which God has taken from our father are ours and our sons'. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do it.
17 Then Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels.
18 And he drove away all his livestock and all his possessions which he had gained, his
acquired livestock which he had gained in Paddan, to go to his father Isaac in the land of
19 And Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the household idols that
were her father's.
20 And Jacob stole away, unknown to Laban the Aramean, in that he did not tell him that
he was fleeing.
21 So he fled with all that he had. He arose and crossed the river, and set his face toward
the mountains of Gilead.
22 And Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him and pursued him for seven days' journey, and he
overtook him in the mountains of Gilead.
24 And God come to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night, and said to him, Beware
that you not speak to Jacob from good to evil.
25 So Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountains, and
Laban with his brethren pitched in the mountains of Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Jacob: What have you done, that you have stolen away unknown to
me, and led away my daughters like captives of the sword?
27 Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and not tell me; for I might
have sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp?
28 And you did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters. Now you have done
foolishly in so doing.
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me
last night, saying, Beware that you not speak to Jacob from good to evil.
30 And now you have proceeded to depart because you have longed for your father's
house. But why have you stolen my gods?
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid; for I said, Lest you
would take your daughters from me by force.
32 With whomever you find your gods, do not let him live. In the presence of our
brethren, identify what I have of yours and take it with you. For Jacob did not know that
Rachel had stolen them.
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants'
tents, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah's tent and entered Rachel's tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the household idols, put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on
them. And Laban groped all about the tent but did not find them.
35 And she said to her father, Let it not burn in the eyes of my lord that I cannot rise
before you, for the manner of women is with me. And he searched but did not find the
36 And Jacob was furious and complained to Laban, and Jacob answered and said to
Laban: What is my transgression? What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued me?
37 Although you have searched all my things, what of your household articles have you
found? Set it here before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge between us
38 These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not
miscarried their young, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock.
39 That which was torn by beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it. You required
it from my hand, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
40 There I was: In the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep
fled from my eyes.
41 Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two
daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.
42 Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the fear of Isaac, had been
with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and
the toil of my hands, and rebuked you last night.
43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these
children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks; all that you see is mine. But what
can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?
44 Now therefore, come, let us make a covenant, you and me, and let it be a witness
between you and me.
45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a monument.
46 And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones. And they took stones and made a heap,
and they ate there on the heap.
47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between you and me this day. Therefore its
name was called Galeed;
49 also, Mizpah; because he said, May Jehovah watch between you and me when we are
hidden (being absent) one from another.
50 If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives besides my daughters, although
no man is with us; consider that God is witness between you and me.
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap and this pillar, which I have cast between
me and you:
52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a testimony, that I will not pass beyond this
heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for evil.
53 The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between
us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.
54 And Jacob slaughtered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his brethren to eat
bread. And they ate bread and stayed all night on the mountain.
55 And early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and daughters and blessed
them. And Laban departed and returned to his place.