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me as before; but the God of my father, whom he worshipped, and 'with whom my forefathers were in covenant, hath been with
6 me, to bid me depart. And ye know that with all my power I have served your father, as became a faithful eert'ant to do.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and dealt very unjustly by me, for he hath changed my wages ten times ; but God suf
8 fered him not to hurt me. If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ring streaked shall be thy hire; then bare
9 all the cattle ring; streaked. Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me; it was no fraud of nunc, but the hand of God, what he thawed me in a vis*
10 ion. And, or For, 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 streaked, speckled, and grisled; whereby I was taught that the breeding of the cattle in that manner was by the provi
It dence of God. And the angel of God-spake unto me, in a
12 dream, [saying,] Jacob: And I said, Here [am] I. And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle [are] ring streaked, speckled, and grisled:
13 for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. I [am] the God of Bethel, who appeared tmto thee there, where thou anointedst the pillar, [and] where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now, arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto
14 the land of thy kindred. And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, [Is there] yet any portion or inheritance,
15 any hope of benefit, for us in our father's house? Are we not counted of him strangers ? dealt with as strangers, rather than children? for he hath sold us to thee for fourteen years' service, and hath quite devoured also our money, wholly converted that to his own use, which in equity was due to usfor our por.
16 fiora*, and for our husband's service. 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, and we consent to go with thee.
\7 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon
18 camels; And 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 I&aac his father in the land of Canaan. 7am Jacob had a right to do, for he look only what
19 were his own. And he contrived to do it whUe Laban went to shear his sheep, and was therefore at a distance: and Rachel
20 had stolen the images that [were] her father's.* And Jacob stole
• The Teraphim or household gods, like the Larti and Ptnatei of the Romans; probaWy little images in the shape of men, to whom these idolatrous people prayed, and of whom thev asked counsel about secret thing*. Rachel perhaps had still a superstitious re. X»ril tbr these; or she might fear th it her rather, by consultmg them, would tind which, way they were gone : or it might be to sonvinc: him of bis folly, ttiuih* took then away. away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled ; he -went without his knowledge, consent, or good
21 mtl. So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river Euphrates, and set his face [toward] the mount Gilead, wtiicH joins to mount Lebanon.
22 And it was tokl Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
S3 And he took his brethren with him, collected all his serrants and relation«, and pursued after him seven days' journey, intending' to atrip Mm of every thing, and per haps make him a »lave during hie whole Hfe ; and they overtook him In the
24 mount Gilead. And 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, neither threatening* nor
25 reproaches. Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban and his brethren
26 pitched in the mount of Gilead. And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen av,-;iy ur;nvares unto me, and carried away my daughters, as captives [taken] with the sword? He speaks ae if they fiad been taken ачэау by
force, whereas it appears from v. 16, they viere willing to got
27 it Wat therefore a slanderous accusation. Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from tne, and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with
28 songs, with tabret, and with harp? And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? He pretends love, but hatred wae in lus heart, and Jacob knew him well: thou hast now
89 done foolishly in [so] doing. It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt, and it taas his intention to do it : but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now, [though] thou wouldst needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, [yet] wherefore hast thou stolen my gods ? Precious gods, that could be stolen!
SI And Jacob, protesting his innocence in that and in every other particular, answered hit slanderous mggestions, and said to Laban, Because I was afraid : for I said, Peradrenture thou wouldst take by force thy daughters from me: therefore I
32 vient secretly away : but With 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
33 not that Rachel had stolen them. 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
34 of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent. Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camels' furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but
35 found [them] not. And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot with decency rise up before thee in my present situation; for the custom of women [is] upon me. And hc searched, but found not the images.
36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban ; it was tuna his turn to expostulate, and he does it in a very wise, spirited, and admirable manner: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What [is] my trespass? what [is] my sin, that thou
57 hast so hotly pursued after me? 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,
38 that they may judge betwixt us both. This twenty years [have] I [been] with thee ; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young partly by reason of my care and diligence in ordering them, but principally from God's blessing upon thee
39 for my sake, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten. That which was torn [of beasts] I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, [whether]
40 stolen by day, or stolen by night. [Thus] I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my
41 sleep departed from mine eyes. Thus have I.been twenty years m thy house; 1 served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle : and thou hast chang
42 ed my wages ten times.* Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, the God whom Isaac worshipped with reverence and fear, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. But God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked [thee] yesternight.
43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, [These] daughters [are] my daughters, and [these] children [are] my chiS dren, and [these] cattle [are] my cattle, and all that thou seest [ is] mine: surely this was false; but he endeavoured to put on the appearance of tenderness, and said, What can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have borne ? how should I be able to go about to hurt them,
44 seeing they are my own flesh and blood? Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a
45 witness between me and thee. And Jacob consented and took a stone, or a lieap of stones, and set it up [for] a pillar, as a
46 monument of the covenant. And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap ; and
47 they did eat there upon the heap. And Laban called it Je.
48 garsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.t And Laban said, This heap [is] a witness, a memorial, which may be alleged in after times as a witness between me and thee this day. There
49 fore was the name of it called Galeed ; And Mizpah; that is,
* Dr. Ktmictll mppOMS that Jacob lived in Haran forty years, viz. fourteen yean In J.abm'» home, a covenant servant fir Rachel and Leah; twenty year, in Laban's nei^hLmrhn,xi. as .1 friend; and six years in Labia's hou&e, a covenant servant, for cattle. Komarks, p. ?7— 33.
t Both these words Jttar:r.hadutha ar.d Caletd, are of fhe lame signification, that Is, the hap 0) viima ; only Laban spake in the Syria* and Jaeei in the tkbrm tongue.
o beacon, or watch tower, for he said, The Load watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. JO .Vow this was the covenant; If thou shait afflict my daughters, or if thou shait take [other] wives beside my daughters, no man [is] with us ; see, God [is] witness betwixt me and
51 the*. And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold
52 [this] pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; This heap [be] witness, and [this] pillar [be] witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shait not pass over this
53 heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. The God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Nahor my father, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fearof his father Isaac, the God whom Isaac feared, and before whom he walked.
54 Then Jacob killed beasts and offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread; and they did eat bread,
55 and tarried all night in the mount. And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them, wished them all happiness and prosperity: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place. Thus God over~ ruled his cruel designs, and they parted fn peace.
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1. TTTTHAT a happy thing is it to have God's blessing!
VV The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the beasts of the forest are his, and the cattle on a thousand hills; he is the great God or nature and providence. He can make rich, notwithstanding the oppression of the wicked ; when men deal cunningly he is above them; he can easily controul the spirits of men, and turn foes into friends; and make all those affairs terminate well, that appear dark and gloomy. Worldly prosperity and success is agreeable when the hand of God is seen in it: it is his blessing that maketh rich and happy.
2. Here is a good lesson for servants and masters. Servants may sec what they should be, and masters what they should not be. Jacob was a faithful servant, and minded his master's business amidst heat and cold. Thus servants should take as much care of their masters' goods as if they were their own. Jacob was content with his homely fare, with what his master allowed him, without plundering from the flock: a good example to servants, to be content with their provisions, and not take what they know is not designed for them. Amidst all his hardships, and the unkind and unjust treatment he met with from Laban, he was careful of every thing: so ought all servants to be. Masters may here see what they should not be: they should not be hard and unreasonable ; but give good and faithful servants encouragement and suitable rewards: they should not be made to suffer, as Jacob was, for what they cannot help. They should, as Paul ob
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serves, give servants what it jut t andetjual; and servants show all good fidelity.
3. Let us remember God, as the God of our fathers. When entering info covenant with Ged or man, this should be an engagement to us to be faithful, 'It is our fathers' God by whom We swear." His kindness, and care, and fidelity to them, are encouragements to us, and should excite us to fear him, to walk before him all the days of our life, and to exalt and honour him by our fidelity.
4. Let its maintain a constant regard te the omniscience of God, to secure us in our duty to our fellow creatures: so both Laban and Jacob did. We all stand related to the same God, and therefore should love as brethren, show a peaceful and candid spirit, be willing to agree when differences arise. God is witness between us ; he sees and knows whether we are faithful to our promise, or not; that we do not go beyond or defraud one another. Let us therefore set the Lord always before us, and" sanctify him rn our hearts, as Isaac and Jacob did, and make him our fear; then shall we be quiet from the fear of evil, and be preserved from wicked and unreasonable men.
Jacob being now он hi* return to Canaan, we are here informed of tome remarkable providences which he met with in flit voy.
ND Jacob went on hie way, and the angels of God met him, in some vitible and glorious appearance, to comfort
2 him against the danger by Esau. And when Jacob saw them» he said, on account of their number, order, and flower, and their attendance on the divine presence, This [is] God's host: and lie called the name of that place Mahaaaim, that it,, two host» or cam/it ;. probably one before and the other behind him ¡ but they soon disappeared, -which, much discouraged him.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom; not as if the whole of £dom tvai JSsau's, bul to Seir, a part of it which he had probably conquered, according to the blessing of his father^
4 (ch. xxvii. 40.) By thy sword shall thou äve. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; he иаеа Ms respectful term to mollify his resentment ;• Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban»
5 and stayed there until now, as a stranger and an exile: And; am now returning home, but not to be a burden to my relations, for I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and men servants, and women servants: and I have sent to tell my lord] that I muy find grace in thy sight.