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  • But Jacob soon learned that Laban's sons were beginning to grumble. "Jacob has robbed our father!" they said. "All his wealth has been gained at our father's expense." - Genesis 31:1

  • And Jacob began to notice a considerable cooling in Laban's attitude toward him. - Genesis 31:2

  • Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you." - Genesis 31:3

  • Jacob called Rachel and Leah out to the field where he was watching the flocks, - Genesis 31:4

  • So Jacob put his wives and children on camels. - Genesis 31:17

  • Jacob took all his possessions with him and crossed the Euphrates River, heading for the territory of Gilead. - Genesis 31:21

  • But the previous night God had appeared to Laban in a dream. "Be careful about what you say to Jacob!" he was told. - Genesis 31:24

  • So when Laban caught up with Jacob as he was camped in the hill country of Gilead, he set up his camp not far from Jacob's. - Genesis 31:25

  • I could destroy you, but the God of your father appeared to me last night and told me, `Be careful about what you say to Jacob!' - Genesis 31:29

  • "I rushed away because I was afraid," Jacob answered. "I said to myself, `He'll take his daughters from me by force.' - Genesis 31:31

  • But as for your household gods, let the person who has taken them die! If you find anything that belongs to you, I swear before all these relatives of ours, I will give it back without question." But Jacob didn't know that Rachel had taken them. - Genesis 31:32

  • Laban went first into Jacob's tent to search there, then into Leah's, and then he searched the tents of the two concubines, but he didn't find the gods. Finally, he went into Rachel's tent. - Genesis 31:33

  • Then Jacob became very angry. "What did you find?" he demanded of Laban. "What is my crime? You have chased me as though I were a criminal. - Genesis 31:36

  • Then Laban replied to Jacob, "These women are my daughters, and these children are my grandchildren, and these flocks and all that you have--all are mine. But what can I do now to my own daughters and grandchildren? - Genesis 31:43

  • So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a monument. - Genesis 31:45

  • He also told his men to gather stones and pile them up in a heap. Jacob and Laban then sat down beside the pile of stones to share a meal. - Genesis 31:46

  • They named it "Witness Pile," which is Jegar-sahadutha in Laban's language and Galeed* in Jacob's.1 - Genesis 31:47
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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