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Genesis 31:1-55

Jacob Flees From Laban

1Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.

3Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”

4So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. 5He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. 6You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, 7yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. 8If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young. 9So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.

10“In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted. 11The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 12And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’ ”

14Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 15Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. 16Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.”

17Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram,31:18 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

19When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. 21So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead.

Laban Pursues Jacob

22On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 24Then 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.”

25Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 26Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war. 27Why 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 timbrels and harps? 28You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. 29I 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.’ 30Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods?”

31Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. 32But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person 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.

33So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent. 34Now 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.

35Rachel 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.

36Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. “What is my crime?” he asked Laban. “How have I wronged you that you hunt me down? 37Now 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.

38“I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. 39I 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. 40This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. 41It 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. 42If 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.”

43Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne? 44Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.”

45So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.31:47 The Aramaic Jegar Sahadutha and the Hebrew Galeed both mean witness heap.

48Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 49It was also called Mizpah,31:49 Mizpah means watchtower. because he said, “May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. 50If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.”

51Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me. 52This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. 53May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.”

So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac. 54He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.

55Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.31:55 In Hebrew texts this verse (31:55) is numbered 32:1.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 31:1-55


1雅各听见拉班的儿子们说:“雅各夺去了我们父亲的一切!他的财富都是从我们父亲那里得来的。” 2雅各发觉拉班对他的态度不如从前了。 3这时,耶和华对雅各说:“回到你的家乡和亲族那里吧!我必与你同在。” 4于是,雅各就派人把拉结利亚叫到放羊的地方, 5对她们说:“我感到你们父亲对我不如从前了,但我父亲的上帝常与我同在。 6你们知道我是怎样尽心尽力地替你们父亲工作, 7他却欺骗我,把我的工酬更改了十次。然而,上帝不让他苦待我。 8如果他说把有斑点的羊给我当酬劳,羊群生的就都是有斑点的;如果他说把有条纹的给我,羊群生的就都是有条纹的。 9上帝就这样把你们父亲的牲畜夺过来给了我。

10“在羊群交配的季节,我梦见所有和母羊交配的公羊都是有条纹或有斑点的。 11在梦中,上帝的天使叫我,我说,‘仆人在。’ 12他说,‘拉班对你的所作所为,我都看见了。现在你留心看看,与母羊交配的公羊都是有条纹或有斑点的。 13我就是你在伯特利遇见的上帝。你在那里用油浇过柱子,向我许过愿。现在,你要动身离开这里,回到你的家乡。’”

14拉结利亚说:“父亲的家产没有我们的份儿, 15我们早就被当作外人了,他卖了我们,把我们的身价全部吞了。 16上帝从我们父亲那里夺过来的一切财产,本来就属于我们和我们的儿女。现在你只管照上帝的吩咐做吧!”

17雅各便起来让儿女和妻子都骑上骆驼, 18带着他在巴旦·亚兰得到的所有牲畜和财物,启程去迦南的父亲以撒那里。 19那时拉班正在外面剪羊毛,拉结偷了父亲的家庭神像。 20雅各不辞而别,背着亚兰拉班偷偷地跑了。 21他带着所有的一切渡过幼发拉底河,逃往基列山区。


22到了第三天,拉班才知道雅各逃走了。 23于是,他带着族人去追赶,追了七天,在基列山区追上了雅各24当天晚上,上帝在梦中对亚兰拉班说:“你要当心,不可对雅各多说什么。”

25拉班追上了雅各,那时雅各基列山搭起帐篷,拉班和他的族人也在那里搭起帐篷。 26拉班雅各说:“你做的是什么?你欺瞒我,把我的女儿像战俘一样带走。 27你为什么要偷偷地溜走?你为什么不告诉我,我好击鼓、弹琴、唱歌欢送你? 28你甚至不让我亲吻外孙和女儿,与他们道别,你这样做真愚蠢。 29我有能力伤害你,但你父亲的上帝昨夜对我说,‘你要小心,不可对雅各多说什么。’ 30你思家心切,一定要走,但你为什么要偷走我的神像呢?”

31雅各拉班说:“我逃跑是因为害怕你会夺回你的女儿。 32至于你的神像,你在谁身上搜出来,谁就是该死的。你可以当着众弟兄的面察看,如果在我这里有什么物件是你的,你只管拿走。”雅各不知道拉结偷走了神像。

33拉班进入雅各利亚和两个婢女的帐篷搜查,却搜不出什么。拉班离开利亚的帐篷进入拉结的帐篷, 34那时拉结已经把神像藏在骆驼的鞍座里,自己坐在上面。拉班搜遍了整个帐篷什么也找不到。 35拉结对父亲说:“父亲,请别生气,我有月事在身,不便起来。”结果,拉班搜来搜去找不到神像。

36雅各发怒,斥责拉班说:“我做错了什么、犯了什么罪以致你对我穷追不舍? 37你搜遍我所有的东西,搜到了什么?现在就当着众弟兄的面拿出来,让他们评评理吧! 38我在你家这二十年,你的母绵羊、母山羊没有掉过胎,我也没有吃过你公羊的肉。 39我没有把被野兽撕裂的羊带来给你,而是自己赔上。无论在白昼或黑夜被偷去的,你都要我赔偿。 40我白天受尽烈日煎熬,晚上饱尝夜露寒霜,不得好睡。 41这二十年来,我为了你的两个女儿,替你工作了十四年,又用了六年才从你那里得到这些羊,你把我的工钱更改了十次。 42如果不是我父亲以撒敬畏的上帝,就是亚伯拉罕的上帝与我同在,你肯定会让我两手空空地回家。但上帝看见了我的难处和劳苦,所以在昨夜责备了你。”


43拉班回答说:“女儿是我的,这些孩子是我的,羊群也是我的,你的一切都是我的,我又怎会伤害我的女儿和她们的孩子呢? 44来吧,你我立约为证。” 45于是,雅各拿来一块石头,立作柱子, 46又吩咐族人去收集石头。他们把石头堆成一堆,在旁边吃喝。 47拉班称那石堆为伊迦尔·撒哈杜他31:47 伊迦尔·撒哈杜他”意思是“做见证的石堆”。雅各却称那石堆为迦累得31:47 迦累得”意思是“以石堆为证”。

48拉班说:“今日,这石堆是你我之间的凭证。”因此,那地方名叫迦累得49又叫米斯巴,因为拉班说:“我们分手以后,愿上帝亲自鉴察我们。 50倘若你虐待我的女儿,或在她们以外另娶妻子,即使没人知道,也有上帝在你我之间做见证。”

51拉班又说:“看我在你我之间立的这石堆和石柱。 52这石堆和石柱都是凭证,我一定不会越过石堆去害你,你也不可越过石堆和石柱来害我。 53亚伯拉罕拿鹤的上帝,就是他们父亲的上帝,在你我之间判断是非。”雅各便在他父亲以撒敬畏的上帝面前起誓, 54又在山上献祭,请众弟兄吃饭。饭后,他们一同在山上过夜。