1 And he heard the 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 glory.
1 Now Jacob heard what Laban’s sons were saying: “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s and has built this wealth from what belonged to our father.”
1 Now Jacob used to listen while Laban's sons kept on complaining, "Jacob has taken over everything our father owns! He made himself wealthy from what belongs to our father!"
1 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying: “Jacob has taken away everything that was our father’s, and from what belonged to our father he has acquired all this wealth and honor.”
2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.
2 And Jacob saw from Laban’s face that his attitude toward him was not the same.
2 Jacob also noticed that the way Laban had been looking at him wasn't as nice as it had been just two days earlier.
3 And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
3 Then the LORD ordered Jacob, "Go back to your father's territory and to your relatives. I'll be with you."
3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your people, and I will be with you.”
4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
4 Jacob had Rachel and Leah called to the field where his flocks were.
4 Jacob sent for Rachel and Leah to come out to the field where his flock was
4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to his flock in the field,
5 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 been with me.
5 He said to them, “I can see from your father’s face that his attitude toward me is not the same, but the God of my father has been with me.
5 and informed them, "I've noticed that the way your father has been looking at us hasn't been as nice as it was just two days ago. But my father's God has been with me.
5 and he said to them, “I see [a change in] your father’s attitude, that he is not friendly toward me as [he was] before; but the God of my father [Isaac] has been with me.
6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
6 You know I've been serving your father with all my heart.
6 You know that I have served your father with all my strength.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
7 and that he has cheated me and changed my wages 10 times. But God has not let him harm me.
7 Even so, your father has cheated me. He broke our wage agreement ten times. However, God didn't allow him to harm me.
7 Yet your father has cheated me [as often as possible] and changed my wages ten times; but God did not allow him to hurt me.
8 If (I)he spoke thus, ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then all the flock brought forth speckled; and if he spoke thus, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock brought forth striped.
8 If he said thus, The 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.
8 "When Laban said, "The speckled ones will be your wages,' then all the flock gave birth to speckled ones. Then when he said, "The streaked ones will be your wages,' all the flock gave birth to streaked offspring.
8 If he said, ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then the entire flock gave birth to speckled [young]; and if he said, ‘The streaked shall be your wages,’ then the entire flock gave birth to streaked [young].
9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
9 God has taken away your father’s herds and given them to me.
9 "So God has taken away your father's livestock and has given them to me.
9 Thus God has taken away the flocks of your father and given them to me.
10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
10 “When the flocks were breeding, I saw in a dream that the streaked, spotted, and speckled males were mating with the females.
10 As it was, when it was time for the livestock to breed, I once looked up in a dream, and the male goats that were mating with the flock were producing streaked, speckled, and spotted offspring.
10 And it happened at the time when the flock conceived that I looked up and saw in a dream that the rams which mated [with the female goats] were streaked, speckled, and spotted.
11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
11 In that dream the Angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ and I said, ‘Here I am.’
11 "Later, the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, "Jacob.' ""Here I am,' I replied
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
12 ""Look around!' he said. "Go ahead, look! All the male goats have been mating with the flock, producing offspring that are streaked, speckled, and spotted, because I've been watching everything that Laban has done to you.
12 He said, ‘Look up and see, all the rams which are mating [with the flock] are streaked, speckled, and spotted; for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
13 I am the God of Bethel, the place where you consecrated that stone and made a vow to me. Now get up, leave this territory, and return to your native land.'"
13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar, and where you made a vow to Me; now stand up, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.’”
14 Rachel and Leah said to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house?
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
14 Then Rachel and Leah answered him, “Do we have any portion or inheritance in our father’s household?
14 Then Rachel and Leah asked him, "Do we have anything left of inheritance remaining in our father's house?
14 Rachel and Leah answered him, “Is there still any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house?
15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
15 He's treating us like foreigners. He sold us and spent all of the money that rightfully belonged to us.
15 Are we not counted by him as foreigners? For he sold us [to you in marriage], and has also entirely used up our purchase price.
16 Surely all the wealth which God has taken away from our father belongs to us and our children; now then, do whatever God has said to you.”
16 For all 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.
16 In fact, all the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. So do whatever God has said to you.”
16 Furthermore, all of the wealth that God has stripped away from our father belongs to us now and to our children. So do everything that God tells you to do."
16 Surely all the riches which God has taken from our father are ours and our children’s. Now then, whatever God has told you to do, do it.”
17 Then Jacob arose and put his children and his wives upon camels;
17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
17 Then Jacob got up and put his children and wives on the camels.
17 So Jacob got up, seated his children and wives on camels,
17 Then Jacob stood [and took action] and put his children and his wives on camels;
18 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 Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
18 He took all the livestock and possessions he had acquired in Paddan-aram, and he drove his herds to go to the land of his father Isaac in Canaan.
18 and drove all his livestock ahead of him, with everything that belonged to him, including the livestock that he had bought and accumulated in Paddan-aram, intending to deliver them to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
18 and he drove away all his livestock and [took along] all his property which he had acquired, the livestock he had obtained and accumulated in Paddan-aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.
19 Meanwhile, Laban had been out shearing his sheep. While he was away, Rachel stole her father's personal idols.
20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.
20 Moreover, Jacob had deceived Laban the Aramean, because he had never told him that he was intending to leave.
21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
21 Jacob fled, taking everything that he owned. He got up, crossed the river, and headed to the hill country of Gilead.
21 So he fled with everything that he had, and got up and crossed the river [Euphrates], and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead [east of the Jordan River].
22 When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled,
22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
22 Three days later, somebody reported to Laban that Jacob had left,
22 On the third day [after his departure] Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
23 So he took his relatives with him, pursued Jacob for seven days, and overtook him at Mount Gilead.
23 so he took his relatives with him and pursued Jacob. Laban was on the road for seven days when he finally caught up with Jacob in the hill country of Gilead.
23 So he took his relatives with him and pursued him for seven days, and they overtook him in the hill country of Gilead.
24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
24 That night, God appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream and warned him, "Be careful what you say to Jacob, whether it's one word good or bad."
24 God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob, either good or bad.”
25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
25 When Laban overtook Jacob, Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban and his brothers also pitched their tents in the hill country of Gilead.
25 Meanwhile, Jacob had pitched his tent on the mountain, where Laban had caught up with him. Laban and his relatives encamped on that same mountain in the hill country of Gilead, too.
25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent on the hill, and Laban with his relatives camped on the same hill of Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You have deceived me and taken my daughters away like prisoners of war!
26 Then Laban asked Jacob, "What did you do? You deceived me, carried off my daughters like you would war captives,
26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What do you mean by deceiving me and leaving without my knowledge, and carrying off my daughters as if [they were] captives of the sword?
27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
27 Why did you secretly flee from me, deceive me, and not tell me? I would have sent you away with joy and singing, with tambourines and lyres,
27 ran away from me secretly, and stole from me by not keeping me informed. Otherwise, I could have sent you off with a party and singing, accompanied by a band playing tambourines and harps.
27 Why did you run away secretly and deceive me and not tell me, so that [otherwise] I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with [music on the] tambourine and lyre?
28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
28 but you didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters. You have acted foolishly.
28 As it is, you didn't even allow me to kiss my grandchildren and daughters goodbye! You've acted foolishly.
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
29 I could do you great harm, but last night the God of your father said to me: ‘Watch yourself. Don’t say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’
29 It's actually in my power to do some serious evil to you, but last night the God of your father told me, "Be careful what you say to Jacob whether good or evil.'
29 It is in my power to harm you, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful not to speak to Jacob, either good or bad.’
30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
30 Now, you can go if you must go, because you certainly are longing to go to your father's house. But why did you steal my gods?"
31 Then Jacob replied to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
31 Jacob answered, “I was afraid, for I thought you would take your daughters from me by force.
31 "I was afraid," Jacob replied. "I thought you might take your daughters from me.
31 Jacob answered Laban, “[I left secretly] because I was afraid, for I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.
32 (AC)The one with whom you find your gods shall not live; in the presence of our (t)kinsmen (u)point out what is yours (v)among my belongings and take it for yourself.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.
32 Now as to your gods, if you find someone has them in their possession, he's a dead man. Take our relatives as witnesses, search through our belongings, and take whatever belongs to you that's in my possession." But Jacob didn't know that Rachel had stolen the idols.
32 The one with whom you find your gods shall not live; in the presence of our relatives [search my possessions and] point out whatever you find that belongs to you and take it.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the idols.
33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s tent.
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah'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.
33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent, then Leah’s tent, and then the tents of the two female slaves, but he found nothing. Then he left Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s.
33 So Laban entered Jacob's tent, Leah's tent, and the tents of the two maid servants, but he didn't find them. Then he left Leah's tent and entered Rachel's tent.
33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. Then he came out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.
34 Now Rachel had taken Laban’s household idols, put them in the saddlebag of the camel, and sat on them. Laban searched the whole tent but found nothing.
34 Meanwhile, Rachel had taken the idols, placed them inside the saddle of her camel, and sat on them. Laban searched through the whole tent, but found nothing.
34 Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel’s saddlebag and sat on them. Laban searched through all her tent, but did not find them.
35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
35 Then Rachel told her father, "Sir, please don't be angry that I cannot stand up in your presence. It's that time of the month." So Laban searched for the idols, but never did find them.
35 So Rachel said to her father, “Do not be displeased, my lord, that I cannot rise before you, for the manner of women is on me and I am unwell.” He searched [further] but did not find the household idols.
36 Then Jacob became angry and contended with Laban; and Jacob said to Laban, “What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me?
36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?
36 Then Jacob became incensed and brought charges against Laban. “What is my crime?” he said to Laban. “What is my sin, that you have pursued me?
36 Then Jacob got angry and started an argument with Laban. "What have I done?" he demanded. "What's my crime that would cause you to come pursue me so violently?
36 Then Jacob became angry and argued with Laban. And he said to Laban, “What is my fault? What is my sin that you pursued me like this?
37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
37 You’ve searched all my possessions! Have you found anything of yours? Put it here before my relatives and yours, and let them decide between the two of us.
37 Now that you've searched all my belongings, what did you find that belongs to your house? Set it here in front of our relatives and we'll let them judge between us!
37 Although you have searched through all my possessions, what have you found of your household goods? Put it here before my relatives and your relatives, so that they may decide [who has done right] between the two of us.
38 These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks.
38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
38 I’ve been with you these 20 years. Your ewes and female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams from your flock.
38 Meanwhile, these past 20 years that I've been with you, your sheep and goats never had miscarriages, I never once ate any of the rams from your flock,
38 These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not lost their young, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks.
39 That which was torn of beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
39 I did not bring you any of the flock torn by wild beasts; I myself bore the loss. You demanded payment from me for what was stolen by day or by night.
39 and whatever was torn by beasts, I never bothered to bring to you. Instead, I bore the losses myself. Even so, you demanded that I provide restitution for anything that was stolen, whether during the day or the night.
39 I did not bring you the torn carcasses [of the animals attacked by predators]; I [personally] took the loss. You required of me [to make good] everything that was stolen, whether it occurred by day or night.
40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
40 There I was—the heat consumed me by day and the frost by night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
40 As it was, I was attacked by drought during the day and by cold at night. I never got any decent rest.
41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
41 I've lived in your house these 20 years serving fourteen years for your two daughters and another six years for your flocks. During all that time you changed my wages ten times.
42 If (AH)the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. (AI)God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He (AJ)rendered judgment last night.”
42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, certainly now you would have sent me off empty-handed. But God has seen my affliction and my hard work,(d) and He issued His verdict last night.”
42 If the God of my father the God of Abraham, the God whom Isaac feared had not been with me, you would have sent me away empty handed. But God saw my misery and how hard I've worked with my own hands and he rebuked you last night."
42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and [the Feared One] of Isaac, had not been with me, most certainly you would have sent me away now empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and humiliation and the [exhausting] labor of my hands, so He rendered judgment and rebuked you last night.”
43 Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and (AK)the flocks are my flocks, and 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?
43 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?
43 Then Laban answered Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters; the sons, my sons; and the flocks, my flocks! Everything you see is mine! But what can I do today for these daughters of mine or for the children they have borne?
43 But Laban answered Jacob, "These women are my daughters. These children are my children. The flocks are mine. In fact, everything that you see belongs to me. But what would I do today to my daughters and the children they have borne?
44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
44 Come, let's make a covenant just between you and me. And let it serve as a witness between you and me."
44 So come now, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between you and me.”
46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
46 Then Jacob said to his relatives, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a mound, then ate there by the mound.
46 Then Jacob told his relatives, "Go gather some stones." So they picked up stones and stacked them one on top of the other. Then they had a meal together there by the stack of stones.
47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.
47 Laban named the place Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob named it Galeed.
48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
48 Then Laban said, “This mound is a witness between you and me today.” Therefore the place was called Galeed
48 Then Laban said, "This stack will serve as a witness between you and me today." That's how the place came to be named Galeed.
48 Laban said, “This mound [of stones] is a witness [a reminder of the oath taken] today between you and me.” Therefore he [also] called the name Galeed,
49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
49 It was also called Mizpah, because Laban said, "May the LORD watch between you and me, when we are estranged from each other.
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take other wives besides them, though no one is watching us, keep in mind that God stands as a witness between you and me."
50 If you should mistreat (humiliate, oppress) my daughters, or if you should take other wives besides my daughters, although no one is with us [as a witness], see and remember, God is witness between you and me.”
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;
51 Laban also said to Jacob, “Look at this mound and the marker I have set up between you and me.
51 "Look!" Laban added, "Here is the stack of stones and here is the pillar that I've set up between you and me.
51 Laban said to Jacob, “Look at this mound [of stones] and look at this pillar which I have set up between you and me.
52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
52 This 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.
52 This mound is a witness and the marker is a witness that I will not pass beyond this mound to you, and you will not pass beyond this mound and this marker to do me harm.
52 This stack is a witness, and so is this pillar, reminding me not to cross beyond this stack of stones, and reminding you not to pass by this stack in my direction, intending to cause harm.
52 This mound is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this mound to harm you, and that you will not pass by this mound and this pillar to harm me.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
53 May Abraham's God and Nahor's god judge between us."
54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat a meal. So they ate a meal and spent the night on the mountain.
54 So Jacob made an oath by his father's Fear, offered sacrifices there on the mountain, and called on his relatives to eat some food. So they ate the food and spent the night on the mountain.
54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice [to the Lord] on the mountain, and called his relatives to the meal; and they ate food and spent the night on the mountain.
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
55 Early the next morning, Laban woke up, kissed his grandchildren and daughters, blessed them, and then left for home.
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