The Covenant of Mizpah

43 Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and (A)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? 44 So now come, let us (B)make a covenant, [a]you and I, and (C)let it be a witness between [b]you and me.” 45 Then Jacob took (D)a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 Jacob said to his [c]kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Now Laban (E)called it [d]Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it [e]Galeed. 48 Laban said, “(F)This heap is a witness between [f]you and me this day.” Therefore it was named Galeed, 49 and [g](G)Mizpah, for he said, “May the Lord watch between [h]you and me when we are [i]absent one from the other. 50 If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, (H)God is witness between [j]you and me.” 51 Laban said to Jacob, “Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between [k]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. 53 (I)The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, (J)judge between us.” So Jacob swore by (K)the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob (L)offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his [l]kinsmen to [m]the meal; and they ate [n]the meal and spent the night on the mountain. 55 [o]Early in the morning Laban arose, and (M)kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 31:44 Lit I and you
  2. Genesis 31:44 Lit me and you
  3. Genesis 31:46 Lit brothers
  4. Genesis 31:47 I.e. the heap of witness, in Aram
  5. Genesis 31:47 I.e. the heap of witness, in Heb
  6. Genesis 31:48 Lit me and you
  7. Genesis 31:49 Lit the Mizpah; i.e. the watchtower
  8. Genesis 31:49 Lit me and you
  9. Genesis 31:49 Lit hidden
  10. Genesis 31:50 Lit me and you
  11. Genesis 31:51 Lit me and you
  12. Genesis 31:54 Lit brothers
  13. Genesis 31:54 Lit eat bread
  14. Genesis 31:54 Lit bread
  15. Genesis 31:55 Ch 32:1 in Heb

Bible Gateway Sponsors