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Esau threateneth Jacob. GENESIS, Jacob's vision at Beth-cl.

37 And Isaac answered and said 3 And God Almighty bless thee, unto Esau, Behold, I have made him and make thee fruitful, and multithy lord, and all his brethren have ply thee, that thou mayest be a I given to him for servants; and multitude of people; with corn and wine have I sus 4 And give thee the blessing of tained him: and what shall I do Abraham, to thee, and to thy seer now unto thee, my son ?

with thee; that thou mayest in38 And Esau said unto his father, herit the land wherein thou art Hast thou but one blessing, my a stranger, which God gave untu father? bless me, even me also, O Abraham. iny father! And Esau lifted up his 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: voice, and wept.

and he went to Padan-aram unto 39 And Isaac his father answered, Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, and said unto him, Behold, thy the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's dwelling shall be the fatness of the and Esau's mother. earth, and of the dew of heaven 61 When Esau saw that Isaac from above;

had blessed Jacob, and sent him 40 And by thy sword shalt thou away to Padan-aram, to take him a live, and shalt serve thy brother: wife from thence; and that as he and it shall come to pass when blessed him, he gave him a charge, thou shalt have the dominion, that saying, Thou shalt not take a wife thou shalt break his yoke from off of the daughters of Canaan;. thy neck.

7 And that Jacob obeyed his fa41 1 And Esau hated Jacob be- ther, and his mother, and was gone cause of the blessing wherewith to Padan-aram; his father blessed him: and Esau 8 And Esau seeing, that the said in his heart, The days of daughters of Canaan pleased not mourning for my father are at Isaac his father: hand, then will I slay my brother 9 Then went Ésau unto Ishmacl, Jacob.

and took unto the wives which he 42 And these words of Esau her had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishelder son were told to Rebekah: mael, Abraham's son, the sister of and she sent and called Jacob her Nebajoth, to be his wife. younger son, and said unto him, 10 I And Jacob went out from Behold, thy brother Esau, as touch- Beer-sheba, and went toward ing thee, doth comfort himself, pur- Haran. posing to kill thee.

11 And he lighted upon a certain 43 Now therefore, my son, obey place, and tarried there all night, my voice: and arise, flee thou to because the sun was set: and he Laban my brother to Haran; took of the stones of that place,

44 And tarry, with him a few and put them for his pillows, and days, until thy brother's fury turn lay down in that place to sleep. away

12 And he dreamed, and behold, 45 Until thy brother's anger turn a ladder set upon the earth, and the away from thee, and he forget top of it reached to heaven: and that which thou hast done to him: behold, the angels of God ascendthen I will send, and fetch thee ing and descending on it. from thence. Why should I be 13 And behold, the LORD stool deprived also of you both in one above it, and said, I am the LORD day?

God of 'Abraham thy father, and 46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, the God of Isaac: the land whereon I am weary of my life, because of thou liest, to thee will I give it, the daughters of Heth: if Jacob and to thy seed. take a wife of the daughters of 14 And thy seed shall be as the Heth, such as these which are of dust of the carth; and thou shalt the daughters of the land, what spread abroad to the west, and to good shall my life do me?

the east, and to the north, and to CHAP. XXVIII.

the south : and in thee and in thy Jacob goeth to Padan-aram. seed shall all the families of the Apossesaam m called Jacob; and earth be blessed,

15 And behold, I am with thee, and said unto him, Thou shalt not and will keep thee in all places take a wife of the daughters of whither thou goest, and will bring Canaan.

thee again into this land: for I will 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the not leave thee, until I have done house of Bethuel thy mother's fa- that which I have spoken to theo ther; and take thee a wife from of. thence of the daughters of Laban 16 | And Jacob awaked out of thy mother's brother.

his sleep, and he said, Surely the

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Leah and Rachel LORD is in this place; and I knew Laban his mother's brother, and it not.

the sheep of Laban his mother's 17 And he was afraid, and said, brother,

that Jacob went near, and How dreadful is this place! this is rolled the stone from the well's none other but the house of God, mouth, and watered the flock of and this is the gate of heaven. Laban his mother's brother.

18 And Jacob rose up early in 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and the morning, and took the stone lifted up his voice, and wept. that he had put for his pillows, and 12 And Jacob told Rachel that set it up for a pillar, and poured he was her father's brother, and oil upon the top of it.

that he was Rebekah's son; and 19 And he called the name of she ran and told her father. that place Beth-el: but the name 13 And it came to pass when Laof that city

was called Luz at the ban heard the tidings of Jacob his first.

sister's son, that he ran to meet 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, him, and embraced him, and kissed saying God will be with mei him and brought him to his house. I go, and will give me bread to eat, 14 And Laban said to him, Sureand raiment to put on,

ly thou art my bone and my flesh 21 So that I come again to my and he abode with him the space father's house in peace; then shall of a month. the LORD be my God:

15 | And Laban said unto Jacob, 22 And this stone, which I have Because thou art my brother, set for a pillar, shall be God's shouldest thou therefore serve me house: and of all that thou shalt for nought ? tell me, what shall thy give me, I will surely give the wages be? tenth unto thee.

16 And Laban had two daughCHAP. XXIX.

ters: the name of the elder was Jacob meeteth Rachel. Leah, and the name of the younger THEN Jacob went on his joura was Rachel,

17 Leah was tender-eyed, but of the people of the east.

Rachel was beautiful and well2. And he looked, and behold, a favoured, well in the field, and lo, there were 18 And Jacob loved Rachel; three

flocks of sheep lying by it; and said, I will serve thee seven for out of that well they watered years for Rachel thy younger the flocks: and a great stone was daughter. upon the well's mouth.

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said, It is better 3 And thither were all the flocks that I give her to thee, than that I gathered : and they rolled the stone should give her to another man: from the well's mouth and watered abide with me. the sheep, and put the stone again 20 And Jacob served seven years upon the well's mouth in his place. for Rachel; and they seemed unto 4 And Jacob said unto them,

My him but a few days, for the love ho brethren, whence be ye? And they had to her. said, Of Haran are we.

21 | And Jacob said unto Laban, 5 And he said unto them, Know Give me my wife (for my days are ye Laban the son of Nahor ? And fulfilled) that I may go in unto her. they said, We know him.

22 And Laban gathered together 6 And he said unto them, Is he all the men of the place, and made well! And they said, He is well : a feast. and behold, Rachel his daughter 23 And it came to pass in the cometh with the sheep.

evening, that he took Leah his 7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high daughter, and brought her to him; day, neither is it time that the cat- and he went in unto her. tle should be gathered together : 24 And Laban gave unto his water ye the sheep, and go and daughter Leah, Zilpah his maid, feed them.

for a handmaid. 8 And they said, We cannot, 25 And it came to pass, that in until all the focks be gathered the morning,

behold, it was Leah: together, and till they roll the stone and he said to Laban, What is from the well's mouth; then we this thou hast done unto me? did water the sheep

not I serve with thee for Rachel ? 9 1 And while he yet spake with wherefore then hast thou beguiled them, Rachel came with her fa- me? ther's sheep: for she kept them. 26 And Laban said, It must not

10 And it came to pass, when be so done in pur country, to give Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of the younger blefore the first-boru.

Leah beareth Reuben, &c. GENESIS, Birth of Naphtali,

27 Fulfil her week, and we will 8 And Rachel said, With give thee this also, for the service wrestlings have I wrestled with which thou shalt serve with me yet sister, and I have prevailed : seven other years.

she called his name Naphtali. 28 And Jacob did so, and ful- 9 When Leah saw that she i filled her week: and he gave him left bearing, she took Zilpah, Rachel his daughter to wife also. maid, and gave her Jacob to w

29 And Laban gave to Rachel 10 And Zilpah, Leah's mi his daughter, Bilhah his handmaid, bare Jacob a son. to be her maid.

11 And Leah said, A troop ce 30 And he went in also unto Ra-eth: and she called his name G chel, and he loved also Rachel 12 And Zilpah, Leah's ma more than Leah, and served with bare Jacob a second son. him yet seven other yoars.

13 And Leah said, Happy an 31 | And when the LORD saw for the daughters will call i that Leah was hated, he opened blessed : and she called his nai her womb: but Rachel was barren. Asher. 32 And Leah conceived, and bare

14 1 And Reuben went in the da a son; and she called his name of wheat-harvest, and found ma Reuben: for she said, Surely the drakes in the field, and broug LORD hath looked upon my afflic-them unto his mother Leah. The tion ; now therefore my husband Rachel said to Leah, Give me, will love me.

pray thee, of thy son's mandrake 33 And she conceived again, and 15 And she said unto her, Is it bare a son; and said, Because the small matter that thou hast take LORD hath heard that I was hated, my husband ? and wouldest thoi he hath therefore given me this take away my son's mandraker son also: and she called his name also ? And Rachel said, ThereSimeon.

fore he shall lie with thee to-night 34 And she conceived again, and for thy son's mandrakes. bare a son; and said, Now this 16 And Jacob came out of the time will my husband be joined field in the evening, and Leah wen unto me, because I have borne him out to meet him, and said, Thou three sons: therefore was his name must come in unto

me; for surely called Levi.

I haye hired thee with my son's 35 And she conceived again, and mandrakes. And he lay with her bare a son: and she said, Now that night. will I praise the LORD: therefore 17 And God hearkened unto she called his name Judah, and left Leah, and she conceived, and bare bearing.

Jacob the fifth son.

18 And Leah said, God hath Rachel's Barrenness. given me my hire, because I have

bare Jacob no children, Ra- and she called his name Issachar. chel envied her sister; and said 19 And Leah conceived again, unto

Jacob, Give me children, or and bare Jacob the sixth son. else I die.

20 And Leah said, God hath en2 And Jacob's anger was kindled dowed me with a good dowry; against Rachel; and he said, Am now will my husband dwell with I in God's stead, who hath with me, because I have borne him six held from thee the fruit of the sons : and she called his name womb ?

Zebulun. 3 And she said, Behold my maid 21 And afterwards she bare a Bilnah, go in unto her; and she daughter, and called her name shall bear upon my knees, that I Dinah. may also have children by her. 22 11 And God remembered Ra

4 And she gave him Bilhah her chel, and God hearkened to her, handma; to wife : and Jacob went and opened her womb. in unto her.

23 And she conceived, and bare 5 And Bihah conceived, and a son; and said, God hath taken bare Jacob a son.

away my reproach: 6 And Rachel said, God hath 24 And she called his name Jojudged me, and hath also heard seph; and said, The LORD shall my voice, and hgth given me a add to me another son. son: therefore called she his name

25 1 And it came to pass, when

Rachel had borne Joseph, that 7. And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, Jacob said unto Laban, Send me conceived again, and bare Jacob a away, that I may go unto mine

own place, and to my country

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second son.

Jacob's policy

to become rich 26 Give me my wives and my that they should conceive when children, for whom I have served they came to drink. thee, and let me go : for thou 39 And the flocks conceived beknowest my service which I have fore the rods, and brought forth done thee.

cattle ring-streaked, speckled, and 27 And Laban said unto him, I spotted. pray thee, if I have found favour in 40 And Jacob did separate the thine eyes,tarry: for I have learn- lambs, and set the faces of the ed by experience that the LORD flocks toward the ring-streaked, hath blessed me for thy sake. and all the brown in the flock of

28 And he said, Appoint me thy Laban: and he put his own flocks wages, and I will give it.

by themselves, and put them not 29 And he said unto him, Thou unto Laban's cattle. knowest how I have served thee, 41 And it came to pass whenso and how thy cattle was with ever the stronger cattle did conme.

ceive, that Jacob laid the rods be30 For it was little which thou fore the eyes of the cattle in the hadst before I came, and it is now gutters, that they might conceive increased unto a multitude; and among the rods. the LORD hath blessed thee since 42 But when the cattle were feemy coming: and now, when shall ble, he put them not in: so the fee I provide for mine own house bler were Laban's, and the stronger also ?

Jacob's. 31 And he said, What shall I 43 And the man increased ex give thee? And Jacob said, Thou ceedingly, and had much cattle, shalt not give me any thing. If and maid-servants, and men-ser thou wilt do this thing for me, I vants, and camels, and asses. will again feed and keep thy

CHAP. XXXI. flock:

Jacob departeth from Laban. 33 owill pass through all the AND be heard the words of all the speckled and spotted cattle, hath taken away all that was our and all the brown cattle among father's; and of that which was the sheep, and the spotted and our father's hath he gotten all this speckled among the goats: and of glory. such shall be my hire.

2 And Jacob beheld the counte33 So shall my righteousness nance of Laban, and behold, it was answer for me in time to come, not toward him as before. when it shall come for my hire be 3 And the LORD said unto Jafore thy face: every one that is cob, Return unto the land of thy not speckled and spotted among fathers, and to thy kindred; and the goats, and brown among the I will be with thee. sheep, that shall be counted stolen 4 And Jacob sent and called with me.

Rachel and Leah to the field unto 34 And Laban said, Behold, I his flock, would it might be according to thy 5 And said unto them, I see your word.

father's countenance, that it is 35 And he removed that day the not toward me as before: but the he-goats that were ring-streaked God of my father hath been with and spotted, and all the she-goats me. that were speckled and spotted, 6 And ye know that with all my and every one that had some white power I have served your father. in it, and all the brown among the 7 And your father hath deceived sheep, and gave them into the me, and changed my wages ten hands of his sons.

times: but God suffered him not to 36 And he set three days' jour- hurt

me. ney betwixt himself and Jacob: 8 If he said thus, The speckled and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's shall be thy wages; then all the flocks.

cattle bare speckled: and if he 37 11 And Jacob took him rods said thus, The ring-streaked shall of green poplar, and of the hazel be thy hire; then bare all the cat and chesnut-tree; and pilled white tle ring-streaked. streaks in them, and made the 9 Thus God hath taken away white appear which was in the the cattle of your father, and given rods.

them to me, 38 And he set the rods which he 10 And it came to pass at the had pilled before the flocks in the time that the cattle conceived, gutters in the watering-troughs that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw when the flocks came to drink ; l in a dream, and behold, the rams


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from Laban which leaped upon the cattle were 27 Wherefore didst thou flee ring-streaked, speckled, and griz-away secretly, and steal away from zled.

me, and didst not tell me, that I 11 And the angel of God spake might have sent thee away with unto me in a dream, saying, Ja- mirth, and with songs, with tabret, cob: And I said, Here am I. and with harp ?

12 And he said, Lift up now 28 And hast not suffered me to thine eyes and see, all the rams kiss my sons, and my daughters ? which leap upon the cattle are thou hast now done foolishly in so ring-streaked, speckled, and griz- doing, zled: for I have seen all that La 29 It is in the power of my hand ban doeth unto thee.

to do you hurt : but the God of 13 I am the God of Beth-el, your father spake unto me yesterwhere thou anointedst the pillar, night, saying, Take thou heed that and where thou vowedst a vow thou speak not to Jacob either unto me: now arise, get thee out good or bad. from this land, and return unto the 30 And now, though thou wouldland of thy kindred.

est needs be gone, because thou 14 And Rachel and Leah an- sore longedst after thy father's swered, and said unto him, Is there house; yet wherefore hast thou yet any portion of inheritance for stolen my gods? us in our father's house?

31 And Jacob answered and said 15 Are we not counted of him to Laban, Because I was afraid: strangers ? for he hath sold us, and for I said, Peradventure thou hath quite devoured also our money, wouldest take by force thy daugh

16 For all the riches which God ters from me. hath taken from our father, that is 32 With whomsoever thou findest ours, and our children's; now thy gods, let him not live: before then, whatsoever God hath said our brethren discern thou what is unto thee, do.

thine with me, and take it to thee : 17 | Then Jacob rose up, and set for Jacob knew not that Rachel his sons and his wives upon camels; had stolen

them. 18 And he carried away all his 33 And Laban went into Jacob's cattle, and all his goods which he tent, and into Leah's tent, and into had gotten, the cattle of his get- the two maid-servants' tents; but ting, which he had gotten in Pa- he found them not. Then went ho dan-aram; for to go to Isaac his out of Leah's tent, and entered father in the land of Canaan. into Rachel's tent.

19 And Laban went to shear his 34 Now Rachel had taken the sheep:

and Rachel had stolen the images, and put them in the caimages that were her father's. mel's furniture, and sat upon them

20 And Jacob stole away una- And Laban searched all the tent, wares to Laban the Syrian, in that but found them not. he told him not that he fled.

35 And she said to her father, 21 So he fled with all that he Let it not displease my lord that I had; and he rose up, and passed cannot rise up before thee; for the over the river, and set his face to- custom of women is upon me. ward the mount Gilead.

And he searched, but found not the 22 And it was told Laban on images. the third day, that Jacob was fled. 36 11 And Jacob was wroth, and

23 And he took his brethren with chode with Laban: and Jacob an him, and pursued after him seven swered, and said to Laban, What days journey: and they overtook is my trespass? what is my sin, that him in the mount Gilead.

thou hast so hotly pursued after 24 And God came to Laban the me? Syrian in a dream by night, and 37 Whereas thou hast searched said unto him, Take heed that all my stuff, what hast thou found thou speak not to Jacob either of all thy household-stuff? set it good or bad.

here before my brethren, and thy 25 T Then Laban overtook Ja- brethren, that they may judge becob. Now Jacob had pitched his twixt us both. tent in the mount: and Laban 38 This twenty years have I been with his brethren pitched in the with thee; thy ewes and thy she

26 And Laban said to Jacob, and the rams of thy fock have i What hast thou done, that thou not eaten. hast stolen away unawares to me, 39 That which was torn of beasts, and carried away my daughters, I brought not unto thee; I bare us captives taken with the sword ? Ithe loss of it; of my hand didst


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