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Jacob is sent to Padan-aram.


His vision and vow.

44 And tarry with him a few days, until and to the south: and in thee and in thy thy brother's fury turn away; seed shall all the families of the earth be 45 Until thy brother's anger turn away blessed. from thee, and he forget that which thou 15 And behold, I am with thee, and wil hast done to him: then I will send, and keep thee in all places whither thou goest fetch thee from thence. Why should I be and will bring thee again into this land: for deprived also of you both in one day? I will not leave thee, until I have done that

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am which I have spoken to thee of. weary of my life, because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? CHAP. XXVIII.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

AND Isaac called Jacob, and blessed

him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morn-
ing, and took the stone that he had put for
his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and
poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

3 And God Almighty bless thee, and 20 ¶ And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that God will be with me, and will keep me in thou mayest be a multitude of people; this way that I go, and will give me bread 4 And give thee the blessing of Abra- to eat, and raiment to put on,

ham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; 21 So that I come again to my father's that thou mayest inherit the land wherein house in peace; then shall the LORD be my thou art a stranger, which God gave unto God:


22 And this stone, which I have set for 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of that thou shalt give me, I will surely give Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebe- the tenth unto thee.

kah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.



6 When Esau saw that Isaac had bless-HEN Jacob went on his journey, and ed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan- came into the land of the people of aram, to take him a wife from thence; and the east. that as he blessed him, he gave him a 2 And he looked, and behold, a well in charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;

7 And that Jacob obeyed his father, and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram; 8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

the field, and lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.

3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's 9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and mouth and watered the sheep, and put the took unto the wives which he had, Maha- stone again upon the well's mouth in his lath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's place.

son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife. 4 And Jacob said unto them, My bre10 And Jacob went out from Beer-thren, whence be ye? And they said, Of sheba, and went towards Haran. Haran are we.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, 5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laand tarried there all night, because the sun ban the son of Nahor? And they said, We was set and he took of the stones of that know him.

place, and put them for his pillows, and lay 6 And he said unto them, Is he well? down in that place to sleep. And they said, He is well and behold, 12 And he dreamed, and behold, a lad- Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep. der set up on the earth, and the top of it 7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, reached to heaven: and behold, the angels neither is it time that the cattle should be of God ascending and descending on it. gathered together: water ye the sheep, and

13 And behold, the LORD stood above it, go and feed them. and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham 8 And they said, We cannot, until all the thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land flocks be gathered together, and till they whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and roll the stone from the well's mouth; then to thy seed. we water the sheep.

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of 9 And while he yet spake with them, the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to Rachel came with her father's sheep: for the west, and to the east, and to the north, she kept them.



Jacob is cntertained by Laban. CHAP. XXX. He serves for Leah and Rachel.

10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw and served with him yet seven other years. Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's 31 And when the LORD saw that Leah brother, and the sheep of Laban his mo- was hated, he opened her womb: but Rather's brother; that Jacob went near, and chel was barren. rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and 32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, watered the flock of Laban his mother's and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted affliction; now therefore my husband will up his voice, and wept. love me.

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12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was 33 And she conceived again, and bare a her father's brother, and that he was Rebe-son; and said, Because the LORD hath kah's son; and she ran and told her father. heard that I was hated, he hath therefore 13 And it came to pass when Laban given me this son also: and she called his heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, name Simeon.

that he ran to meet him, and embraced 34 And she conceived again, and bare a
him, and kissed him, and brought him to son; and said, Now this time will my hus-
his house. And he told Laban all these band be joined unto me, because I have
born him three sons: therefore was his

14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou name called Levi.
art my bone and my flesh: and he abode
with him the space of a month.

35 And she conceived again, and bare a
son and she said, Now will I praise the
15¶ And Laban said unto Jacob, Because LORD: therefore she called his name Ju-
thou art my brother, shouldest thou there- dah, and left bearing.
fore serve me for nought? tell me, what
shall thy wages be?

16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17 Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well-favoured.

18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.

20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, (for my days are fulfilled) that I may go in unto her.

22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.

25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?

26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born.

27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also, for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.



ND when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb ?

3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by


4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her. 5 ¶ And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.

6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.

7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.

8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed and she called his name Naphtali.

9 ¶ When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.

10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.

11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.

12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.

13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.

14 ¶ And Reuben went in the days of 29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daugh- wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the ter Bilhah his handmaid, to be her maid. field, and brought them unto his mother 30 And he went in also unto Rachel, Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.

Rachel bears Joseph.


Jacob's covenant with Laban. 15 And she said unto her, Is it a small me in time to come, when it shall come for matter that thou hast taken my husband? my hire before thy face: every one that is and wouldest thou take away my son's man- not speckled and spotted among the goats, drakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore and brown among the sheep, that shall be he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son's counted stolen with me.

34 And Laban said, Behold, I would *

mandrakes. 16 And Jacob came out of the field in might be according to thy word. the evening, and Leah went out to meet 35 And he removed that day the he-goats him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; that were ring-straked and spotted, and all for surely I have hired thee with my son's the she-goats that were speckled and spotmandrakes. And he lay with her that night. ted, and every one that had some white in 17 ¶ And God hearkened unto Leah, and it, and all the brown among the sheep, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. gave them into the hand of his sons. 18 And Leah said, God hath given me 36 And he set three days' journey bemy hire, because I have given my maiden twixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the to my husband: and she called his name rest of Laban's flocks. Issachar.

19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.

37¶ And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut-tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made 20 And Leah said, God hath endowed the white appear which was in the rods. me with a good dowry; now will my hus- 38 And he set the rods which he had band dwell with me, because I have born pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the him six sons: and she called his name Ze-watering-troughs when the flocks came to bulun. drink; that they should conceive when they came to drink.

21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

22 ¶ And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.

39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring-straked, speckled, and spotted.

40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and set the faces of the flocks toward the and said, God hath taken away my re- ring-straked, and all the brown in the flock proach: of Laban: and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.

24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son. 25 ¶ And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.

41 And it came to pass whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.

26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: 42 But when the cattle were feeble, he for thou knowest my service which I have put them not in: so the feebler were Ladone thee. ban's, and the stronger Jacob's.

27 And Laban said unto him, I pray 43 And the man increased exceedingly, thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, and had much cattle, and maid-servants, tarry: for I have learned by experience and men-servants, and camels, and asses. that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.

and I will give it.



28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, ND he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away 29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest all that was our father's; and of that which how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was our father's hath he gotten all this glory. was with me. 2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as before.

30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?

31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing; if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock: 32 I will pass through all thy flock today, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.

33 So shall my righteousness answer for

3 ¶ And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

5 And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before: but the God of my father hath been with me.

6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times: but God suffered him not to hurt me.

Jacob departs from Laban.

CHAP. XXXI. Jacob's complaint of Laban. 8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be awares to me, and carried away my daughthy wages; then all the cattle bare speck-ters, as captives taken with the sword? led: and if he said thus, The ring-straked shall be thy hire: then bare all the cattle ring-straked.

9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ring-straked, speckled, and grizzled.

11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here an I.

27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?

28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons, and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.

29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes 30 And now, though thou wouldest needs and see, all the rams which leap upon the be gone, because thou sore longedst after cattle are ring-straked, speckled, and griz- thy father's house; yet wherefore hast thou zled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth stolen my gods?

unto thee.

31 ¶ And Jacob answered and said to La

13 I am the God of Beth-el, where thou ban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peranointedst the pillar, and where thou vow-adventure thou wouldest take by force thy edst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out daughters from me.

from this land, and return unto the land of 32 With whomsoever thou findest thy thy kindred. gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee: for Jacob knew not that Rachel

14 And Rachel and Leah answered, and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?

15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;

had stolen them.

33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maid-servants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.

34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.

18 And he carried away all his cattle, 35 And she said to her father, Let it not and all his goods which he had gotten, the displease my lord that I cannot rise up becattle of his getting, which he had gotten, fore thee: for the custom of women is upon in Padan-aram; for to go to Isaac his father me. And he searched, but found not the in the land of Canaan. images.

19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.

20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.

22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey: and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

36 ¶ And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household-stuff? set it here before my brethren, and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.

38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.

39 That which was torn of beasts, 1 24 And God came to Laban the Syrian brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; in a dream by night, and said unto him, of my hand didst thou require it, whether Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob stolen by day, or stolen by night. either good or bad. 40 Thus I was; in the day the drought 25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now consumed me, and the frost by night; and Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: my sleep departed from mine eyes. and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away un

41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house: I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times


Jacob's vision:


His message to Esau. 42 Except the God of my father, the God men-servants, and women-servants : and I of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac had been have sent to tell my lord, that I may find with me, surely thou hadst sent me away grace in thy sight. now empty. God hath seen mine affliction, 6 And the messengers returned to Jaand the labour of my hands, and rebuked cob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, thee yesternight. and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

43 ¶ And Laban answered, and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid, and and these children are my children, and distressed: and he divided the people that these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and seest is mine; and what can I do this day the camels into two bands;

unto these my daughters, or unto their chil- 8 And said, If Esau come to the one dren which they have borne? company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

44 Now therefore come thou, let us make

a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a 9 And Jacob said, O God of my father witness between me and thee. Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones, and they took stones and made an heap and they did eat there upon the heap.

47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed:

10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant: for with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now 1 am become two bands.

48 And Laban said, This heap is a wit- 11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand ness between me and thee this day. There- of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for fore was the name of it called Galeed: I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, 49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD and the mother with the children. watch between me and thee, when we are 12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee absent one from another. good, and make thy seed as the sand of the 50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or sea, which cannot be numbered for multiif thou shalt take other wives beside my tude.

daughters; no man is with us; See, God 13 And he lodged there that same is witness betwixt me and thee. night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;

14 Two hundred she-goats, and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,

52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap 15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she-asses this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. and ten foals.

53 The God of Abraham, and the God 16 And he delivered them into the hand of Nahor, the God of their father, judge of his servants, every drove by themselves; betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear and said unto his servants, Pass over before of his father Isaac. me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.

54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art 55 And early in the morning Laban rose thou? and whither goest thou? and whose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, are these before thee? and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.


AND Jacob went on his way, and the

angels of God met him.

18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's: it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and behold also he is behind us.

19 And so commanded he the second, 2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, and the third, and all that followed the This is God's host: and he called the name droves, saying, On this manner shall ye of that place Mahanaim. speak unto Esau, when ye find him.

3 ¶ And Jacob sent messengers before 20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy him to Esau his brother, unto the land of servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, Seir, the country of Edom.

4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and

I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.

21 So went the present over before him; and himself lodged that night in the company.

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