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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.

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Gẹnẹsisi 31:1-55

Jakọbu sá kúrò lọ́dọ̀ Labani

1Jakọbu sì gbọ́ pé àwọn ọmọ Labani ń wí pé, “Jakọbu ti gba gbogbo ohun ìní baba wa, ó sì ti kó ọrọ̀ jọ fún ara rẹ̀ lára àwọn ohun tí í ṣe ti baba wa.” 2Jakọbu sì ṣàkíyèsí pé ìwà Labani sí òun ti yí padà sí ti àtẹ̀yìnwá.

3Nígbà náà ni Olúwa wí fún Jakọbu pé, “Padà lọ sí ilẹ̀ àwọn baba à rẹ, sí ọ̀dọ̀ àwọn ará rẹ, èmi ó sì wà pẹ̀lú rẹ.”

4Jakọbu sì ránṣẹ́ pe Rakeli àti Lea sí pápá níbi tí àwọn ohun ọ̀sìn rẹ̀ wà. 5Ó sì wí fún wọn pé, “Mo rí i wí pé ìwà baba yín sí mi ti yí padà sí ti tẹ́lẹ̀, ṣùgbọ́n Ọlọ́run baba mi wà pẹ̀lú mi. 6Ẹ sá à mọ̀ pé, mo ti fi gbogbo agbára mi ṣiṣẹ́ fún baba yín, 7Síbẹ̀síbẹ̀ baba yín ti rẹ́ mi jẹ ní ẹ̀ẹ̀mẹwàá ọ̀tọ̀ọ̀tọ̀ ni ó sì ti yí owó iṣẹ́ mi padà. Ṣùgbọ́n Ọlọ́run kò jẹ́ kí ó le è pa mi lára. 8Tí ó bá wí pé, ‘Àwọn ẹran onílà ni yóò dúró fún owó iṣẹ́ rẹ,’ nígbà náà ni gbogbo àwọn ẹran ń bí onílà; bí ó bá sì wí pé, ‘Àwọn ẹran onítótòtó ni yóò dúró fún owó iṣẹ́ rẹ’ nígbà náà ni gbogbo ẹran ń bi onítótòtó. 9Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni Ọlọ́run gba ẹran baba yín, ó sì fi fún mi.

10“Ní àsìkò tí àwọn ẹran ń gùn, mo la àlá mo sì ri pé àwọn òbúkọ tí wọ́n ń gun àwọn ẹran jẹ́ onítótòtó, onílà àti alámì. 11Angẹli Ọlọ́run wí fún mi nínú àlá náà pé, ‘Jakọbu.’ Mo sì wí pé, ‘Èmi nìyí.’ 12Ó sì wí pé, ‘Gbé ojú rẹ sókè kí o sì wò ó, gbogbo àwọn òbúkọ tí ó ń gun àwọn ẹran jẹ́ onítótòtó, onílà àti alámì, nítorí mo ti rí gbogbo ohun ti Labani ń ṣe sí ọ. 1331.13: Gẹ 28.18-22.Èmi ni Ọlọ́run Beteli, níbi tí ìwọ ti ta òróró sí ọ̀wọ́n, ìwọ sì jẹ́ ẹ̀jẹ́ láti sìn mi. Nísinsin yìí, kúrò ní ilẹ̀ yìí kíákíá kí o sì padà sí ilẹ̀ ibi tí a gbé ti bí ọ.’ ”

14Nígbà náà ni Rakeli àti Lea dáhùn pé, “Ìpín wo ní a ní nínú ogún baba wa? 15Àjèjì ha kọ́ ni ó kà wá sí? Kì í ṣe torí pé ó tà wá nìkan, ṣùgbọ́n ó ti ná gbogbo owó tí ó gbà lórí wa tán. 16Dájúdájú gbogbo ọrọ̀ ti Ọlọ́run gbà lọ́wọ́ baba wa fún ọ, tiwa àti ti àwọn ọmọ wa ní í ṣe. Nítorí náà ohun gbogbo tí Ọlọ́run bá pàṣẹ fun ọ láti ṣe ni kí ìwọ kí ó ṣe.”

17Nígbà náà ni Jakọbu gbé àwọn ọmọ àti aya rẹ̀ gun ìbákasẹ. 18Ó sì da gbogbo agbo ẹran rẹ̀ ṣáájú pẹ̀lú gbogbo ọrọ̀ tí ó ti kójọ ni Padani-Aramu, láti lọ sí ọ̀dọ̀ Isaaki baba rẹ̀ ni ilẹ̀ Kenaani.

19Nígbà tí Labani sì lọ láti rẹ́run àgùntàn, Rakeli sì jí àwọn ère òrìṣà ilé baba rẹ̀. 20Síwájú sí i, Jakọbu tan Labani ará Aramu, nítorí kò sọ fún un wí pé òun ń sálọ. 21Ó sì sálọ pẹ̀lú ohun gbogbo tí ó ni, ó sì la odò kọjá (Eufurate), ó sì kọrí sí àwọn ilẹ̀ olókè ti Gileadi.

Labani lépa Jakọbu

22Ní ọjọ́ kẹta ni Labani gbọ́ pé Jakọbu ti sálọ. 23Ó sì mú àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú rẹ̀, ó sì lépa Jakọbu, ó sì lépa wọn fún ọjọ́ méje, ó sì bá wọn ní òkè Gileadi. 24Ọlọ́run sì yọ sí Labani ará Aramu lójú àlá ní òru, ó sì wí fun un pé, “Ṣọ́ra, má ṣe sọ ohunkóhun fún Jakọbu, ìbá à ṣe rere tàbí búburú.”

25Jakọbu ti pa àgọ́ rẹ̀ si orí òkè kan, nígbà tí Labani bá a. Labani àti àwọn tí ó wá pẹ̀lú rẹ̀ sì pàgọ́ tì wọ́n sí ilẹ̀ òkè Gileadi. 26Nígbà náà ni Labani wí fún Jakọbu pé, “Èwo ni ìwọ ṣe yìí? Tí ìwọ sì tàn mi, ó sì kó àwọn ọmọbìnrin mi bi ìgbèkùn tí a fi idà mú. 27Èéṣe tí ìwọ yọ́ lọ tí ìwọ sì tàn mi? Kí ló dé tí ìwọ kò sọ fún mi pé ìwọ ń lọ, kí èmi fi ayọ̀ àti orin, pẹ̀lú ìlù àti ohun èlò orin sìn ọ́. 28Ìwọ kò tilẹ̀ jẹ́ kí èmi fi ẹnu ko àwọn ọmọ ọmọ mi lẹ́nu, pẹ̀lú àwọn ọmọbìnrin mi pé ó dìgbà? Ìwọ ṣiwèrè ní ohun tí ìwọ ṣe yìí. 29Mo ní agbára láti ṣe ọ ni ibi, ṣùgbọ́n ní òru àná, Ọlọ́run baba rẹ sọ fún mi pé, kí èmi ṣọ́ra, kí èmi má ṣe sọ ohun kan fún Jakọbu, ìbá à ṣe rere tàbí búburú. 30Nísinsin yìí, ìwọ ti lọ nítorí ìwọ fẹ́ láti padà lọ sí ilé baba rẹ, ṣùgbọ́n èéṣe tí ìwọ fi jí àwọn òrìṣà mi?”

31Jakọbu dá Labani lóhùn pé, “Ẹ̀rù ni ó bà mi nítorí, mo rò pé ìwọ le fi tipátipá gba àwọn ọmọbìnrin rẹ lọ́wọ́ mi. 32Ṣùgbọ́n bí o bá ri ẹnikẹ́ni pẹ̀lú ère rẹ, kí ẹni náà di òkú. Ó tún wí pé, Níwájú gbogbo ìbátan wa báyìí, wò ó fúnrarẹ̀, bí o bá rí ohunkóhun tí í ṣe tìrẹ, mú un.” Jakọbu kò sì mọ̀ pé, Rakeli ni ó jí àwọn òrìṣà náà.

33Labani sì lọ sínú àgọ́ Jakọbu àti ti Lea àti ti àwọn ìránṣẹ́bìnrin méjèèjì, kò sì rí ohunkóhun. Lẹ́yìn ìgbà tí ó jáde nínú àgọ́ Lea ni ó lọ sí àgọ́ Rakeli. 34Rakeli sì gbé àwọn òrìṣà náà sínú gàárì ìbákasẹ, ó sì jókòó lé e lórí. Labani sì wá gbogbo inú àgọ́, kò sì rí ohunkóhun.

35Rakeli sì wí fún baba rẹ̀ pé, “Má ṣe bínú pé èmi ò le dìde dúró níwájú rẹ baba à mi, ohun tí ó fà á ni pé, mò ń ṣe nǹkan oṣù lọ́wọ́.” Ó sì wá àgọ́ kiri, kò sì rí àwọn òrìṣà ìdílé náà.

36Inú sì bí Jakọbu, ó sì pe Labani ní ìjà pé, “Kí ni ẹ̀ṣẹ̀ mi? Ẹ̀ṣẹ̀ wo ni mo ṣẹ̀ ọ tí ìwọ fi ń lépa mi bí ọ̀daràn? 37Nísinsin yìí tí ìwọ ti tú gbogbo ẹrù mi wò, kí ni ohun tí í ṣe tirẹ̀ tí ìwọ rí? Kó wọn kalẹ̀ báyìí níwájú gbogbo ìbátan rẹ àti tèmi, kí wọn kí ó sì ṣe ìdájọ́ láàrín àwa méjèèjì.

38“Mo ti wà lọ́dọ̀ rẹ fún ogún ọdún, àwọn àgùntàn tàbí ewúrẹ́ rẹ kò sọnù bẹ́ẹ̀ n kò pa ọ̀kan jẹ rí nínú àwọn àgbò rẹ. 39Èmi kò mú ọ̀kankan wá fún ọ rí nínú èyí tí ẹranko búburú fàya, èmi ni ó fi ara mọ́ irú àdánù bẹ́ẹ̀. Ẹrankẹ́ran tí wọ́n bá sì jí lọ, lọ́sàn án tàbí lóru, ìwọ ń gba owó rẹ̀ lọ́wọ́ mi 40Báyìí ni mo wà; oòrùn ń pa mi lọ́sàn án, òtútù ń pa mi lóru, mo sì ń ṣe àìsùn. 41Báyìí ni ohun gbogbo rí fún ogún ọdún tí mo fi wà nínú ilé rẹ. Ọdún mẹ́rìnlá ni mo fi sìn ọ́ fún àwọn ọmọbìnrin rẹ méjèèjì, mo sì sìn ọ fún ọdún mẹ́fà fún àwọn ẹran ọ̀sìn, lẹ́ẹ̀mẹ́wàá ni o sì yí owó iṣẹ́ mi padà. 42Bí ó bá ṣe pé Ọlọ́run àwọn baba mi, Ọlọ́run Abrahamu àti ẹ̀rù Isaaki kò wà pẹ̀lú mi ni, ìwọ ìbá ti lé mi jáde lọ́wọ́ òfo. Ṣùgbọ́n, Ọlọ́run ti rí gbogbo ìpọ́njú mi àti iṣẹ́ àṣekára tí mo fi ọwọ́ mi ṣe, ó sì kìlọ̀ fún ọ lóru àná.”

43Labani sì dá Jakọbu lóhùn, “Tèmi ni àwọn obìnrin wọ̀nyí, ọmọ mi ni àwọn ọmọ wọ̀nyí pẹ̀lú, àwọn agbo ẹran yìí, tèmi ni wọ́n pẹ̀lú. Gbogbo ohun tí o rí wọ̀nyí, tèmi ni. Kí ni mo wá le ṣe sí àwọn ọmọbìnrin wọ̀nyí àti àwọn ọmọ wọn tí wọn bí? 44Wá, jẹ́ kí a dá májẹ̀mú pẹ̀lú ara wa, èyí yóò sì jẹ́ ẹ̀rí ní àárín wa.”

45Jakọbu sì mú òkúta kan ó sì gbé e dúró bí ọ̀wọ́n. 46Ó sì wí fún àwọn ìbátan rẹ̀ pé, “Ẹ kó àwọn òkúta díẹ̀ jọ.” Wọ́n sì kó òkúta náà jọ bí òkìtì wọ́n sì jẹun níbẹ̀. 47Labani sì pe orúkọ rẹ̀ ní Jegari-Sahaduta, ṣùgbọ́n Jakọbu pè é ni Galeedi.

48Labani sì wí pé, “Òkìtì yìí jẹ́ ẹ̀rí láàrín èmi àti ìwọ ní òní.” Ìdí nìyí tí a fi pe orúkọ rẹ̀ ni Galeedi. 49Ó tún pè é ni Mispa nítorí, ó wí pé, “Kí Olúwa kí ó máa ṣọ́ èmi àti ìwọ nígbà tí a bá yà kúrò lọ́dọ̀ ara wa tán. 50Bí o bá fìyà jẹ àwọn ọmọbìnrin mi, tàbí tí o fẹ́ aya mìíràn yàtọ̀ sí wọn, rántí pé, Ọlọ́run ń bẹ láàrín wa bí ẹlẹ́rìí bí ẹnikẹ́ni kò tilẹ̀ sí.”

51Labani tún sọ síwájú fún Jakọbu pé, “Òkìtì àti ọ̀wọ̀n tí mo gbé kalẹ̀ láàrín èmi àti ìwọ yìí, 52yóò jẹ́ ẹ̀rí wí pé èmi kò ni ré ọ̀wọ̀n àti òkìtì yìí kọjá láti bá ọ jà àti pé ìwọ pẹ̀lú kì yóò kọjá òkìtì tàbí ọ̀wọ̀n yìí láti ṣe mí ní ibi. 53Ǹjẹ́ kí Ọlọ́run Abrahamu àti Ọlọ́run Nahori, àti Ọlọ́run baba wọn ṣe ìdájọ́ láàrín wa.”

Jakọbu sì fi ẹ̀rù Isaaki baba rẹ̀ búra. 54Jakọbu sì rú ẹbọ níbẹ̀ ni orí òkè, ó sì pe àwọn ẹbí rẹ̀ láti jẹun. Lẹ́yìn ìgbà tí wọ́n ti jẹun, ibẹ̀ náà ni wọ́n sùn ní ọjọ́ náà.

55Ní kùtùkùtù òwúrọ̀ ọjọ́ kejì, Labani fi ẹnu ko àwọn ọmọ ọmọ rẹ̀ lẹ́nu àti àwọn ọmọbìnrin rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú, ó sì súre fún wọn. Labani sì padà lọ sí ilé.