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Passage Display[Printer-friendly Verses]   
 Genesis 31:22 - 42
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 31
31:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
 
31:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.
 
31:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."
 
31:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too.
 
31:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done? You've deceived me, and you've carried off my daughters like captives in war.
 
31:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn't you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?
 
31:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
You didn't even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by. You have done a foolish thing.
 
31:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.'
 
31:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's house. But why did you steal my gods?"
 
31:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Jacob answered Laban, "I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.
 
31:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live. 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.
 
31:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two maidservants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent.
 
31:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel's saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.
 
31:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Rachel said to her father, "Don't be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I'm having my period." So he searched but could not find the household gods.
 
31:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. "What is my crime?" he asked Laban. "What sin have I committed that you hunt me down?
 
31:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.
 
31:38 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks.
 
31:39 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night.
 
31:40 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
 
31:41 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.
 
31:42 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you."
 
 

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