Bible Text & Cross-references:
Jacob's departure: he is pursued and overtaken by Laban.
They make a covenant.
1 But after that he had heard the words of the sons of Laban, saying:
Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's, and being enriched by his substance is become great.
2 And perceiving also, that Laban's countenance was not towards him as
yesterday and the other day.
3 Especially the Lord saying to him: Return into the land of thy fathers
and to thy kindred, and I will be with thee.
4 He sent, *and called Rachel and Lia into the field, where he fed the
5 And said to them: I see your father's countenance is not towards me
as yesterday and the other day: but the God of my father hath been with me.
6 And you know that I have served your father to the uttermost of my
7 Yea your father hath also over-reached me, and hath changed my
wages ten times: and yet God hath not suffered him to hurt me.
8 If at any time, he said: The speckled shall be thy wages: all the sheep
brought forth speckled: but when he said on the contrary: Thou shalt take all the white ones for thy wages: all the flocks
brought forth white ones.
9 And God hath taken your father's substance, and given it to me.
10 For after the time came of the ewes conceiving, I lifted up my eyes,
and saw in my sleep, that the males which leaped upon the females were of diverse colours, and spotted, and
11 And the angel of God said to me in my sleep: Jacob. And I answered:
Here I am.
12 And he said: Lift up thy eyes, and see that all the males leaping
upon the females, are of divers colours, spotted and speckled. For I have seen all that Laban hath done to thee.
13 I am the God of Bethel, *where thou didst anoint the stone, and make
a vow to me. Now therefore arise, and go out of this land, and return into thy native country.
14 And Rachel and Lia answered: Have we any thing left among the goods
and inheritance of our father's house?
15 Hath he not counted us as strangers, and sold us, and eaten up the
price of us?
16 But God hath taken our father's riches, and delivered them to us,
and to our children: wherefore, do all that God hath commanded thee.
17 Then Jacob rose up, and having set his children and wives upon camels,
went his way.
18 And he took all his substance, and flocks, and whatsoever he had gotten
in Mesopotamia, and went forward to Isaac, his father, to the land of Chanaan.
19 At that time Laban was gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole away
her father's idols.
20 And Jacob would not confess to his father-in-law that he was flying
21 And when he was gone, together with all that belonged to him, and
having passed the river, was going on towards mount Galaad,
22 It was told Laban on the third day, that Jacob fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days;
and overtook him in the mount of Galaad.
24 And he saw in a dream God saying to him: Take heed thou speak not
any thing harshly against Jacob.
25 Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain: and when he, with
his brethren, had overtaken him, he pitched his tent in the same mount of Galaad.
26 And he said to Jacob: Why hast thou done thus, to carry away, without
my knowledge, my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
27 Why wouldst thou run away privately, and not acquaint me, that I might
have brought thee on the way with joy, and with songs, and with timbrels, and with harps?
28 Thou hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and daughters; thou hast
done foolishly; and now indeed,
29 It is in my power to return thee evil; but the God of your father
said to me yesterday: *Take heed thou speak not any thing harshly against Jacob.
30 Suppose thou didst desire to go to thy friends, and hadst a longing
after thy father's house: why hast thou stolen away my gods?
31 Jacob answered: That I departed unknown to thee, it was for
fear lest thou wouldst take away thy daughters by force.
32 But, whereas, thou chargest me with theft: with whomsoever thou shalt
find thy gods, let him be slain before our brethren. Search, and if thou find any of thy things with me, take them away. Now
when he said this, he knew not that Rachel had stolen the idols.
33 So Laban went into the tent of Jacob, and of Lia, and of both the
handmaids, and found them not. And when he was entered into Rachel's tent,
34 She, in haste, hid the idols under the camel's furniture, and sat
upon them: and when he had searched all the tent, and found nothing,
35 She said: Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise up before thee,
because it has now happened to me according to the custom of women. So his careful search was in vain.
36 And Jacob being angry, said in a chiding manner: For what fault of
mine, and for what offense on my part hast thou so hotly pursued me,
37 And searched all my household stuff? What hast thou found of all the
substance of thy house? lay it here before my brethren, and thy brethren, and let them judge between me and thee.
38 Have I, therefore, been with thee twenty years? thy ewes and goats
were not barren, the rams of thy flocks I did not eat:
39 Neither did I shew thee that which the beast had torn; I made good
all the damage: whatsoever was lost by theft, thou didst exact it of me:
40 Day and night was I parched with heat, and with frost, and sleep departed
from my eyes.
41 And in this manner have I served thee in thy house twenty years, fourteen
for thy daughters, and six for thy flocks: thou hast changed also my wages ten times.
42 Unless the God of my father, Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had stood
by me, peradventure now thou hadst sent me away naked: God beheld my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee
43 Laban answered him: The daughters are mine, and the children, and
thy flocks, and all things that thou seest are mine: what can I do to my children, and grandchildren?
44 Come, therefore, let us enter into a league; that it may be for a
testimony between me and thee.
45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a title.
46 And he said to his brethren: Bring hither stones. And they, gathering
stones together, made a heap, and they ate upon it.
47 And Laban called it, The witness heap; and Jacob, The hillock of testimony:
each of them according to the propriety of his language.
48 And Laban said: This heap shall be a witness between me and thee this
day, and therefore the name thereof was called Galaad, that is, The witness heap.
49 The Lord behold and judge between us, when we shall be gone one from
50 If thou afflict my daughters, and if thou bring in other wives over
them: none is witness of our speech but God, who is present and beholdeth.
51 And he said again to Jacob: Behold this heap, and the stone which
I have set up between me and thee,
52 Shall be a witness: this heap, I say, and the stone, be they for a
testimony, if either I shall pass beyond it going towards thee, or thou shalt pass beyond it thinking harm to me.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nachor, the God of their father,
judge between us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac:
54 And after he had offered sacrifices in the mountain, he called his
brethren to eat bread. And when they had eaten, they lodged there:
55 But Laban arose in the night, and kissed his sons, and daughters,
and blessed them: and returned to his place.
4: Year of the World 2265, Year before Christ 1739.
13: Genesis xxviii. 18.
29: Genesis xlviii. 16.