Genesis 31-33

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Genesis 31

And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s has he gotten all this glory. 2 And Jacob beheld the face of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 3 And Yahweh said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you. 4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, 5 And said to them, I see your father’s face that it is not toward me as before; but the Elohim of my father has been with me. 6 And you know that with all my power I have served your father. 7 And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but Elohim suffered him not to hurt me. 8 If he said, The speckled shall be your wages; then all the flock bare speckled: and if he said, The ringstreaked shall be your wages; then bare all the flock ringstreaked. 9 In this manner Elohim has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me. 10 And it came to pass at the time that the flock conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the he-goats which leaped upon the flock were ringstreaked, speckled, and grizzled. 11 And the angel of Elohim said to me in the dream, Jacob: And I said, Here I am. 12 And he said, Lift up your eyes, and see, all the he-goats which leap upon the flock are ringstreaked, speckled, and grizzled: for I have seen all that Laban has done to you. 13 I am the El of Beth-el, where you anointed the pillar, where you vowed a vow unto me: now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your birth. 14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15 Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? for he has sold us, and has also spent our money. 16 For all the riches which Elohim has taken away from our father, that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatever Elohim has said to you, do.


17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon the camels; 18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his substance which he had gathered, the cattle of his getting, which he had gathered in Paddan-aram, to go to Isaac his father to the land of Canaan. 19 Now Laban was gone to shear his sheep: and Rachel stole the teraphim that were her father’s. 20 And Jacob deceived 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 mountain of Gilead.


22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled. 23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. 24 And Elohim came to Laban the Syrian in a dream of the night, and said to him, Take heed to yourself that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain: and Laban with his brethren encamped in the mount of Gilead. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have deceived me, and carried away my daughters, as captives of the sword? 27 Why did you flee secretly, and steal away from me; and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? 28 And did not suffer me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly. 29 It is in the power of my hand to do you harm: but the El of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take heed to yourself that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 30 And now, you would have left, because you longed after your father’s house, yet why have you stolen my elohim? 31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Lest you would take your daughters from me by force. 32 With whomever you find your elohim, he shall not live: before our brethren discern you what is yours with me, and take it to you. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.


33 And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the tent of the two maid-servants; but he found them not. And he went out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the teraphim, and put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat upon them. And Laban felt about all the tent, but found them not. 35 And she said to her father, Let not my superior be angry that I cannot rise up before you; for the manner of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the teraphim.


36 And Jacob was angry, and quarreled with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me? 37 Since you have felt about all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? set it here before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge between us two. 38 These twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of your flock have I not eaten. 39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not to you; I bare the loss of it; of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. 40 In this manner I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from my eyes. 41 These twenty years have I been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock: and you have changed my wages ten times. 42 Except the Elohim of my father, the Elohim of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now had you sent me away empty. Elohim has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.


43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine: and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children whom they have borne?

44 And now come, let us make a covenant, you and me; and let it be for a witness between me and you. 45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they did eat there by the heap. 47 And Laban called it Jegar-saha-dutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and you this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 49 And Mizpah; for he said, Yahweh watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. 50 If you shall afflict my daughters, or if you shall take wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, Elohim is witness between me and you. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have set between me and you; 52 This heap will be a witness, and the pillar will be a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. 53 The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, will judge between us. And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac. 54 And Jacob offered sacrifice in the mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and spent all night in the mountain. 55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned to his place.



Genesis 32

And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of Elohim met him. 2 And Jacob said when he saw them, This is Elohim’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.


3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom. 4 And he commanded them, saying, In this manner shall you say to my superior Esau; In this manner says your servant Jacob, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now: 5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and men-servants, and maid-servants: and I have sent to tell my superior, that I may find favor in your sight. 6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and moreover he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him. 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two companies; 8 And he said, If Esau come to the one company, and attack it, then the company which is left shall escape. 9 And Jacob said, O Elohim of my father Abraham, and Elohim of my father Isaac, O Yahweh, who said to me, Return unto your country, and to your kindred, and I will do you good: 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the loving-kindness, and of all the truth, which you have showed unto your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. 11 Deliver me, I pray you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he come and attack me, the mother with the children. 12 And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.


13 And he lodged there that night; and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother; 14 Two hundred she-goats, and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, 15 Thirty milk camels with their colts, forty cows, and ten bulls, twenty she-asses, and ten foals. 16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space between drove and drove. 17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, Whose are you? and where are you going? and whose are these before you? 18 Then you shall say, They are your servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent to my superior Esau: and, behold, he also is behind us. 19 And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall you speak to Esau, when you find him. 20 And you shall say moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me. 21 So the present passed over before him: and he himself lodged that night in the company.


22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok. 23 And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for you have striven with Elohim and with men, and have prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your name. And he said, Why is it that you asked after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Penuel: for, said he, I have seen Elohim face to face, and my life is preserved. 31 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Penuel, and he limped upon his thigh. 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not the sinew of the hip which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew of the hip.



Genesis 33

And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two handmaids. 2 And he put the handmaids and their children front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. 5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are these with you? And he said, The children whom Elohim has graciously given your servant. 6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7 And Leah also and her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. 8 And he said, What do you mean by all this company which I met? And he said, To find favor in the sight of my Master. 9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; let that which you have be your own. 10 And Jacob said, No, I pray you, if now I have found favor in your sight, then receive my present at my hand: because I have seen your face, as one sees the face of Elohim, and you were pleased with me. 11 Take, I pray you, my gift that is brought to you; because Elohim has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it. 12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you. 13 And he said unto him, My master knows that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with me have their young: and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Let my superior, I pray you, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on gently, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my superior unto Seir. 15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with you some of the folk that are with me. And he said, Why then? let me find favor in the sight of my master. 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.


18 And Jacob came in peace to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram; and encamped before the city. 19 And he bought the parcel of ground, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

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