1And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory.
2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.
3 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 field unto his flock,
5 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 I 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 ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
10 And 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 ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Because Jacob became prosperous, Laban’s sons began to say that Jacob had stolen his wealth from their father. In addition, Jacob can tell that Laban’s attitude toward him was no longer what it had been.
At this time, the Lord told Jacob to go back to the land of his father.
Jacob sent for his wives Leah and Rachel and explained to them that their father’s attitude toward him had changed. He reminded them of the many times their father had changed his wages.
Jacob also told his wives that God had prevented Laban from hurting him by causing the streaked, speckled or spotted male goats to mate with Jacob’s females, thereby causing the increase in Jacob’s flocks.
Jacob also told his wives that God had told him to leave at once to go back to his native land.
Leah and Rachel had also been hurt by their father’s actions toward Jacob. When he set the price for Rachel at seven years and then substituted Leah in the marriage bed causing Jacob to have to work seven more years to also have Rachel, he had surely created strife and jealousy between his two daughters. Now I wonder if the women will be hurt again by the necessity of leaving their homeland or if in the end they will both be happy. Will they be a comfort to one another when they move to the unfamiliar place?
It has turned out that the bible is an exciting book to read.
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