The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 31:30
And now, [though] thou wouldest needs be gone…
going wouldest go" F9, was determined upon it, and in haste to do it:
because thou sore longedst after thy father's house,
or "desiring didst
desire it" F11; had a vehement desire for it, which Laban signifies he
should not have opposed, if he had let him know his mind: but be it so
that he had ever so great desire to leave him and return to his
father's house, says he,
[yet], wherefore, hast thou stolen my gods?
what reason had he for
that? if he took away himself, his wives, his children, his goods, what
business had he with his gods? he could not claim these as his, meaning
the images or teraphim before mentioned, (Genesis 31:19) ; by which it appears
that Laban was some way or other guilty of idolatry in the use of these
images; looking upon them as types, or representations of God, as
Josephus F12 calls them, and worshipped God in them, or along with them
and by them; for he could never think they were truly and really gods,
that could not preserve themselves from being stolen away, and that
must be a poor god that a man may be robbed of.
F9 (tklh Klh) "eundo ivisti", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius.
F11 (htpokn Pok) "desiderando desiderabis", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus,
F12 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 19. sect. 9.