14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share(A) in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 15 Does he not regard us as foreigners?(B) Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.(C) 16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children.(D) So do whatever God has told you.”

17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives(E) on camels,(F) 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated(G) in Paddan Aram,[a](H) to go to his father Isaac(I) in the land of Canaan.(J)

19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep,(K) Rachel stole her father’s household gods.(L) 20 Moreover, Jacob deceived(M) Laban the Aramean(N) by not telling him he was running away.(O) 21 So he fled(P) with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River,(Q) and headed for the hill country of Gilead.(R)

Laban Pursues Jacob

22 On the third day(S) Laban was told that Jacob had fled.(T) 23 Taking his relatives(U) with him(V), he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.(W) 24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean(X) in a dream at night and said to him,(Y) “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”(Z)

25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead(AA) when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done?(AB) You’ve deceived me,(AC) and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war.(AD) 27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me,(AE) so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels(AF) and harps?(AG) 28 You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye.(AH) You have done a foolish thing. 29 I have the power to harm you;(AI) but last night the God of your father(AJ) said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’(AK) 30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household.(AL) But why did you steal(AM) my gods?(AN)

31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.(AO) 32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live.(AP) In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.(AQ)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 31:18 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia

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