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Jacob's vow. GEN it, and said, I am the Loao God of Abraham thy father, and the God of I.saac the land whereon thou liest, to thee wdl I give it, and to thy seed.
U And thy s^ed shall be as the dust of the earth; and tbou slialt spread nbroad to the west.and to the east,and to the north, and to the south: and in thee, and in thy seed, shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, 1 am with thee, and will keep thee in all pl-accs whither thou gocst, and will bring thee again ir\to this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 TT And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place, and 1 knew it not
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this placet this is none oilier but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
IS And Jacob rose up early jn the morning, and took the stone that he had put./or his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it
19 And he called the name of that place Betii-el: but the name of that city was called Lu7, at the first.
20 Tf And Jacob vowed avow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that 1 go, and will give me bread to cat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then eliall the Loud be my God:
2-2 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me, I will surely give the tenth unto thee. CHAP. XXIX.
THEN Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and, behold, a well m the field, and, lo, there were three (locks ofsheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from tbe well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
4 And Jaroh said unto them, My
"ESIS. He mecuth Rachel.
brethren, whence beve? And the" said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know yc Laban the sonofNahor? And they said, We know him.
6 And he sam unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well; and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
7 And he said, Lo, if <>yet high day neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go andfeeA them.
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered -.ogether, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth ; then we watej the sheep.
9 IT And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them.
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel,the daughter of Laban hia mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lift ed up his voice, and wept.
12 AudJacob loldRachel thathewas her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father.
13 And it. came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed hiin, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all thece things.
14 And Laban said to him, Suitiv thou art my bone and my flesh: ami he abode with him the space of a month.
151T And Laban said unlo Jacob, Be cause thou art my brother, shouldost thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder ivas Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah was tender-eyed, but Rache'v was beautiful and well-favoured.
18 Aod Jacob loved Rachel; and snid, 1 will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that 7 give her to thee, than that 1 should give her lo another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven vears foi 1
Jacob's maitnage. CHAP. Rachel; and they eeemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
211T And Jacob said untoLaban,Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled,! that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all Hie men of the place, and made a feast.
2-3 Anditcame to pass in the evening, that lie took. Leah his daughter, and brought her to him: and he went in unto her.
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter I,eah,Zi!pah his maidforahandmaid. I
25 And it came to pass, that, in the] .norning, beheld, it way Leah: andj he said to Laban, What is this ihoui hast done unto roe? did notl serve! with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast tliou beguiled me?
26 And Laban ■said, It must notbeeo done in our counlry,togive the younger before the first-born.
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also, for the service which thou slialt serve with me yet seven other years.
23 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week; and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
20 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
30 And he went in also unto Rachel, J and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven oiher years.
31 And when the Lord saw thai Leah was hated, he opened her womb: hut Rachel teas barren.
32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son; and she called his nameReuben :l for she said, Surely the Loud hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was bated, he hath therefore given me this .son also: and she called his name Simeon.
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she said, Now will I praise the T.nnn: therefore she called his .unie J.Klah; and left bearing.
XXX. JRac/tel's barrenness.
2 And Jacob's anger was kindled
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she slinli bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife;and Jacob went in unto her.
6 TT And Bilhah conceited, and bare Jacob a son.
6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
7 And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, con ceived again, and bare Jacob asecond
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have 1 wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
9 If When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave lier Jacob to wife.
10 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bare Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, A troop coiwetb: and she called his name Gad.
12 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bare Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, Happy am T, fi r the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
14 tf And Reuben went, in the days of wheat-harvest, and found man drakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
lfiAnd she said unto her,Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away mv son's mandrakes also? A nd Rachel said, Therefore he shal! lie with thee to-night for thy son's mandrakes.
16 And Jacob came out oftJie field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me ; for surely 1 have hired thee with mv eon's mandrakes. And he lav with her that night
Birth of Joseph. GENESIS.
17 TT And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the filth son.
13 IT And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
20 And Leah said, God hath endowed ine with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because 1 -have born him six sons : and she call cd his name Zebulun.
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
22 U And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her.and opened
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath takenaway my rei>roach:
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Loud shall add to me another eon.
26 Tf And it came to pass,when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that 1 may go unto miue own place, and to my country.
'26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou kuowest my service which I have done thee.
27 Anil Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: jbr I have learned by experience, that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowcst how 1 have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
30 For it wa-t little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee emce my coming: and now, when shall I provide for mine own house also?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacobsaid, Thoushaknot give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me,l will again feed and keep thy flock:
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle,and all the Ute brown cattle among the sheep, and
Jacob's policy. the spotted and speckled among the goats; and of such shall be my hire.
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come Tor my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and |spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he[goats thatwerering-streaked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted', and every one that had some while in it, and all the
36 And he set three days'journey bewixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob
fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
37 TT And Jacob took him rods of ;reen poplar,and of the hazel and ches
nut-tree, and pilled white streaks in hem, and made the white appear vhich was in the rods.
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs, when the (locks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring-ireaked. speckled, and spotted.
■10 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward i rins-streaked, and all the brown the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of
he cattle in the gutters, that they night conceive among the rods.
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put f/ieJrt not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maid servants, and men-servants, and cam els, and asses.
ATvDhe heard the words ofLaban'u sons, 6aying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; aud of thai which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory. ■2 Ami Jacob beheld the countennnt'e
JaM dcpartelh CHAP, of L'Jwan, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.
3 7T And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the held unto his flock,
6 And 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.
6 And ye know, that with all my power 1 have served your father.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times: but God suffered him not to hurt me.
8 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 ue thy hire; then bare all the c*ttle ring-streaked.
9 Thus Go^t hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them
10 And it c<une to pass, at the time that the catt'c conceived, that I lifted up mine eyer-and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle \»'rt ring-streaked, speckled and grizzled.
11 And tl^ angel of God spake unto me in a dre^m, saying, Jacob. And I said, Here am I.
12 And Ir-e said, Lilt up now thine eyes and eie, all the rams which leap upon thv cattle are ring-streaked, speckled t»nd grizzled: for 1 have seen all that Axiban doeth unto thee.
13 I atA the God of Beth-el, where thou enointedst 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.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered, and said unto him, Js there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our i'athor'3 house?
13 Are. we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that wours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
17 TT Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels:
15 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten,
'. XXXI. from Laban.
the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padan-aran), for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that iccr^e her father's.
20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.
21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face coward the mount Giiead.
22 IT And it was told Laban, on the third day, that Jacob was fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Giiead.
24 And God came to Laban Uie Sy rian in a dream by night, and said unto him. Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
25 IT Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount; and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Giiead.
26 And 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?
27 Wherefore 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 widi harp?
2-3 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sous and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
•29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God oi your father snake unto ine yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longest after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast tliou stolen my gods?
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because 1 was afraid; for t said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
32 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 not that Rachel had stolen tiieni.
Jacob's covenant GENESIS. with
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent,<it be for a witness between
ana inio J.eajrs tent, and into the two maid-servanl9'tents; but he founcU/iem not. Then went he out of Lcali'stent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
34 Now 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.
35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that 1 cannotrise up before thee ; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
36 IT And Jacob was wroth,and chode with Laban : and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that Ihou hastso hotly pursued alter me?
37 Whereas thou hast searched ad my stuff, what hast thou found of all tby household-stulf? set ii here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
38 This twenty years have I with thee; thy ewes and thy she-goats have not east their young, and the rams of thy Hock have 1 not eaten.
39 That which was lorn 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.
40 Tints I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep departed from nmie eyes.
41 Thus have 1 been twenty years in tby house: I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six y for thy cattle; and thou hast changed my wages ten times:
42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst 6ent me away now empty. God hath seen mine allliction, and (he labour of my hands, and rebuked tka yesternight.
• 43 IT And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters ore my daughters, and these children are my children,aml these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou sccst is mine; and what can 1 do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children uhtch they have born 44 Now therefore come thou, let us !2i;<ki' a covenant, I and fhuu; and let
45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
46 And Jacob said unto hisbrethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha; but Jacob called it Galeecl.
48 And Laban said, This heap is a fitness between me and thee this day.
Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
40 And Mizpah: for he said, The Loud watch between me and thee, /hen we are absent one from another.
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, >r if thou shalt take other wives besides my daughters, no man i.vwith us;
■, God w witness betwixt me and thee.
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold ;/tis pillar, which 1 have cast betwixt me and thee;
52 This heap&e witness, and this pillar be witness, that 1 will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jncob sware by the Fear of his father Isaac.
54 Then 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.
55 And 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.
AND Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3 TT And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, unto tho land of Seir, the country of Edoin.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus. 1 have sojourned with Laban, ami stayed there until nosv:
5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and men servants, and women ser