Genesis Chapter 31

Genesis 31

1And he heard the words of Laban‘s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory.

2And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

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

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

5And 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.

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

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

8If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.

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

10And 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 ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

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

12And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

13I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

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

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

16For 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.

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

18And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

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

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

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

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

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

24And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

25Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

26And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?

27Wherefore 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?

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

29It 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.

30And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

31And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.

32With whomsoever thou findest thy 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 had stolen them.

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

34Now 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.

35And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched but found not the images.

36And 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?

37Whereas 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.

38This 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.

39That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

40Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.

41Thus 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.

42Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

43And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?

44Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.

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

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

47And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

48And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;

49And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.

50If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.

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

52This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.

53The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

54Then 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.

55And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.

13 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 31

  1. Disfunctional Family Soap Opera

    So, It seems that his welcome with his wives’ family is running on E, loks like a good time to head out. Plus the Lord tells him to go back to the home of his fathers(Gen 31:3) We can see this doesn’t happen without plenty of oppisition.
    Laban comes after Jacob, but God takes care of his own by warning Laban not to try anything funny. He claims that it is because they snuck off without saying goodbye …later, he says that one of them took his household gods? He has busy priorities. So does Rachel…. Sneaky Rachel took them, hid them, and lied to her father as he searched for them.
    The cherry on top, Laban wants to make a covenant…the Aramean, who is concerned with household gods (Gen31:44) Then turns around and says that “May the God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us.” (Gen 31:53) Reminding Jacob that they are branches from the same family tree becuase Nahor and Abraham have the same God,plus they are brothers.
    This entire episode reveals how entangled all involved still are in the culture of their time. This makes me think of how involved am I with the cultures and traditions of my time, ethnicity, gender..etc. How much better would it be if we realized, the location we and our vehicle body doesnt have to seperate us, but can bring us closer together. Closer to God.

  2. 7And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

    Though Jacob was quite upset at his circumstance, he, nevertheless was Living out the purpose of God. Had there been only 7 years of work and no marriage switch where would Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulon, and Dinah be? Leah’s maid had Gad and Asher also.

    In fact we only would have had Benjamin, and Joseph. Maybe, Dan and Naphtali from Rachel’s maid.

    However the greater purpose of God was birthed out of the midst of suffering. Without the suffering, the dissapointment, and the betrayal, Judah would never have been born. Praise was birthed in the midst of the trial. Or rather as God was unfolding the rose for Jacob’s life.

  3. PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

    47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

    2 men viewed the same place, event and encounter differently.

    Laban – Jegar-sahadutha = “witness heap” 1) the mound of stones raised as witness between Jacob and Laban,

    Jacob – Galeed = “witness heap” 1) the pile of stones heaped up between Jacob and Laban to certify their covenant; located on Mt Gilead

    It appears to Laban it was just a pile of rocks, just a ritual or a sign, however to Jacob it was a covenant; a binding agreement.

    I believe this reveals to us the importance of our respect for the words of the LORD and promises of GOD to our lives.

    It is either a mound of rules or heap of promises. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

    I see the LORD high and lifted up!

  4. GOD’s hand was upon Jacob, and GOD had a higher purpose for his life.
    As GOD blessed him with HIS favor, anointing, and HIS provisions.
    v29-30….. Jacob was above Laban’s little gods–
    of superstitions.
    Jacob’s mind and heart were open to GOD’S voice because of his relationship with GOD
    The scriptures are so beautiful. As we study HIS WORD and learn to take HIS counsel with an open mind and heart.
    GOD is speaking and has something special in
    HIS WORD for us.

    Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear,
    and your soul shall live; I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. ISA. 55:3

  5. 54Then 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.

  6. Jacob worked for 20 years to acquire from Laban family and livestock.although it was hard God still gave him favor. If we can be willing to work a minimum wage job God will bless us with more. No matter how bad things seem we have it good. instant oatmeal,microwave ovens ,a.c., but I have heard people say “I can’t afford to work a minimum wage job you need to give me a lonestar card.” Foodstamps I will take but low wage-no way! But we have God on our side,We need to trust Him and not the Government! Well sorry I don’t know what this has to do with anything. I know one thing Jacob built an altar where he and Laban parted,But Laban didnt. Two men and tow paths to take! .

  7. vs 13 – I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: God takes every vow made to Him seriously and He never forgets it. Jacob was blessed and cared for because of his commitment and vow to the Lord at Bethel. It behooves us to be cautious when making a vow, to count the cost and be sure we truly mean what we say, because our future blessings could depend on the sincerity of that vow!
    Let’s Be Church and say what we mean, and mean what we say.

  8. Sometimes the things you desire most cost the most. Jacob spent twenty years of labor and trouble to finally receive the blessing from Laban to leave.don’t give up on your dream.

  9. Racheal could not let go of the gods of her past. When we see this, we begin to realize the true problems between racheal and Leah isn’t who Jacob loves more, it’s who loves Jacobs god more. Leah left behind the past when she left Labans home, but racheal couldn’t.it’s those things that we hide that will destroy us and cause problems in our lives.

  10. 6And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

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

    8If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.

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

    Even though Laban changed Jacob’s wages ten times, God blessed Jacob every time by making sure the animals bore the right offspring according to whatever Laban had said would be Jacob’s wages. God took care of Jacob and his family.

  11. This chapter illustrated faith. Jacob listened to God and as such he and his were spared. We must also learn to trust the Lord, for we could be missing our blessing. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. In the first few verses we see that others will not always rejoice with us over the blessings that God gives us. We must be careful not to act the same way when others are blessed.

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