laban and jacob

40 Jacob kept the sheep separate from the goats and made them face in the direction of the streaked and black animals of Laban's flock. She said, “The Lord has given me this son also, because he heard that I was not loved”; so she named him Simeon. However, his seemingly generous offer to have Jacob name his wages is not an offer to give his son-in-law a free gift (Gen. 30:28). 16 All this wealth which God has taken from our father belongs to us and to our children. Jacob Prospers (Genesis 30:25-43 ) And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country. 35–36). Laban warmly welcomed him to his family, but asked a steep price for Rachel’s hand in marriage: Jacob would first have to work as a shepherd for seven years, tending Laban… 41 When the healthy animals were mating, Jacob put the branches in front of them at the drinking troughs, so that they would breed among the branches. She said, “The Lord has seen my trouble, and now my husband will love me”; so she named him Reuben. He found a stone and put it at his head. Tell me what your wages should be.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. Soon Laban had all the weak animals, and Jacob all the healthy ones. 26 Laban said to Jacob, “How could you hoodwink me and carry off my daughters like prisoners of war? 10:17 Prov. How much pay do you want?” 16 Laban had two daughters; the older was named Leah, and the younger Rachel. In keeping with his deceitful nature, Laban removes all of the animals from his herd that could quickly produce speckled offspring for he wanted to keep Jacob around longer (vv. Laban had called a feast (Hebrew mishteh, from the root shātâ, "to drink"), a drinking banquet. The midrash thus identifies the Arami as Jacob’s father-in-law Laban, who, after Jacob stole away to return to Canaan, chased after him (Gen 31:23). But God did not let him harm me. It reminded them that Jehovah was watching to see that they kept their covenant of peace. He had many flocks, slaves, camels, and donkeys. Seven years for Leah and seven for Rachel. 21 He took everything he owned and left in a hurry. 31 When the Lord saw that Leah was loved less than Rachel, he made it possible for her to have children, but Rachel remained childless. In fact, everything you see here belongs to me. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. 30 I know that you left because you were so anxious to get back home, but why did you steal my household gods?”. In addition, Laban was thrice related by marriage to Abraham's family: his sister Rebecca married Isaac, and his two daughters, Leah and Rachel, both married Jacob.Thus Laban was Abraham's great-nephew, Isaac's cousin and brother-in-law, and Jacob's uncle and father-in-law. 32 But if you find that anyone here has your gods, he will be put to death. Laban Pursues Jacob 22 On the third day(AS)Laban was told that Jacob had fled. Jacob then took Rachel as his second wife, on condition of serving an additional seven years' la… 33 She became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. Read the surrounding text of Genesis 29:1-31:55. Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flocks. He was the brother of Rebekah, who married Isaac and bore Jacob. Laban Pursues Jacob 22 And Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled. … 7 Yet he has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. I will never go beyond this pile to attack you, and you must never go beyond it or beyond this memorial stone to attack me. 22 Three days later Laban was told that Jacob had fled. We find Laban's sons, saying things like: "Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father. First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. 2 Suddenly he came upon a well out in the fields with three flocks of sheep lying around it. When you come to check up on my wages, if I have any goat that isn't speckled or spotted or any sheep that isn't black, you will know that it has been stolen.”. Ps. That was a foolish thing to do! 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor will judge between us.” Then, in the name of the God whom his father Isaac worshiped, Jacob solemnly vowed to keep this promise. 25 When Laban overtook Jacob, Jacob’s tents were pitched in the hill country; Laban also pitched his tents in the hill country of Gilead. After 7 years of service, Jacob’s uncle Laban tricked him into marrying his eldest daughter Leah. 8 Rachel said, “I have fought a hard fight with my sister, but I have won”; so she named him Naphtali. You know how well I have served you.”, 27 Laban said to him, “Let me say this: I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you. Jacob agreed to tend his uncle's flocks for seven years as a bride-price for Laban's daughter Rachel. Then she stopped having children. Though Laban has engaged in the forbidden practice of divination, God has overruled his superstition (see also 1 Sam. I am making this happen because I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. 29:14 After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? 8 Whenever Laban said, ‘The speckled goats shall be your wages,’ all the flocks produced speckled young. I will be with you.”. Title: Jacob Runs from Laban Scripture: Genesis 31 Target Age Group: 3 rd-5 th grade Main Point: God’s (point upward) blessings (both hands up with palms toward you, and bring hands down) are unstoppable (hand on hip and other arm straight out with palm facing kids)! Laban promised to give Rachel to Jacob if he would work for him for seven years (Genesis 29:19–20). Then they ate a meal beside the pile of rocks. 25 Not until the next morning did Jacob discover that it was Leah. I didn't take it to you to show that it was not my fault. Laban, the father of Rachel, was pleased to meet Jacob. 33 In the future you can easily find out if I have been honest. 46 He told his men to gather some rocks and pile them up. 1 Jacob heard that Laban's sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything that belonged to our father. But as we will see tomorrow, God will give this cheater his just desserts. 12:3. 38 He placed these branches in front of the flocks at their drinking troughs. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his elder daughter Leah instead. Jacob and Laban must both have departed while chuckling to themselves. I will continue to take care of your flocks if you agree to this suggestion: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and take every black lamb and every spotted or speckled young goat. 22 When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, 23 then he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him a distance of seven days’ journey, and he overtook him in the hill country of Gilead. All rights reserved. 12 ‘Look,’ he continued, ‘all the male goats that are mating are striped, spotted, and speckled. She said, “God has taken away my disgrace by giving me a son. 11 The angel of God spoke to me in the dream and said, ‘Jacob!’ ‘Yes,’ I answered. After Jacob had served the time agreed upon, Laban tricked Jacob and switched brides on the wedding night. LICENSEE shall reproduce the following trademark and trademark notice on the copyright page of each copy of the Licensed Products: * Some scholars believe Jacob and Laban to be written by Moses. That night, God told Laban, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, … 42 But he did not put the branches in front of the weak animals. “What law have I broken that gives you the right to hunt me down? Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flocks. They Agree To A Friendship Covenant "This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me. He went to Laban and said, “Why did you do this to me? Laban gathered all the men of the area and had a mishteh (feast, lit. Fix that problem! Jacob sees through Laban and shrewdly makes an offer his father-in-law cannot resist. May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us." 1 But Rachel had not borne Jacob any children, and so she became jealous of her sister and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I will die.”, 2 Jacob became angry with Rachel and said, “I can't take the place of God. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “The time is up; let me marry your daughter.” 22 So Laban gave a wedding feast and invited everyone. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel, so he said, “I will work seven years for you, if you will let me marry Rachel.”. Laban was a nomad. I worked to get Rachel. Now it is time for me to look out for my own interests.”, Jacob answered, “I don't want any wages. © 1992 American Bible Society. 18 Leah said, “God has given me my reward, because I gave my slave to my husband”; so she named her son Issachar. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. At the end of the seven years, however, Laban cheated Jacob, substituting his oldest daughter Leah for Rachel, as Jacob discovered the following morning. 41 It was like that for the whole twenty years I was with you. In this way I can become a mother through her.” 4 So she gave Bilhah to her husband, and he had intercourse with her. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. A rich herdsman of Mesopotamia, son of Bethuel, and grandson of Mahor, Abraham's brother, Genesis 24:28-31.His character is shown in the gladness with which he gave his sister Rebekah in marriage to the only son of his rich uncle, Abraham, Genesis 24:30,50; and in his deceitful and exacting treatment of Jacob his nephew and son-inlaw, against which Jacob … 33 Laban went and searched Jacob's tent; then he went into Leah's tent, and the tent of the two slave women, but he did not find his gods. 34 Laban answered, “Agreed. 27 Why did you deceive me and slip away without telling me? Jacob got green branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees and stripped off some of the bark so that the branches had white stripes on them. Laban. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go: for you know my service which I have done you. 39 Whenever a sheep was killed by wild animals, I always bore the loss myself. 35 Then she became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. But God is with Jacob and comes to Laban in a dream to protect Jacob. 55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters good-bye, and left to go back home. 3 This isn't the first time in Scripture that this sort of thing occurred; Lot's daughters had become pregnant by their father after getting him drunk (19:32-35). But recognizing that God has blessed him because of Jacob’s presence, Laban asks Jacob to stay and continue to manage his flocks—and Laban promises to let Jacob name his wages. Laban welcomed his nephew as a young man, and set him the stipulation of seven years' labour before he permitted him to marry his daughter Rachel. 15 Laban said to Jacob, “You shouldn't work for me for nothing just because you are my relative. Laban and his relatives camped nearby. Laban, also known as Laban the Aramean, is a figure in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible. Laban did not do well by Jacob, and in the end, the LORD propelled Jacob above Laban. Laban made a deal with Jacob whereby Jacob had to work for Laban for 7 years in exchange for his daughter Rachel’s hand in marriage. 27, 30). 31 Jacob answered, “I was afraid, because I thought that you might take your daughters away from me. Jacob was with Laban twenty years in all. [3] You did not tell me! 25 After the birth of Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Let me go, so that I can return home. 20 She said, “God has given me a fine gift. If you want something else, you must work for it.”. When Jacob told Laban everything that had happened, 14 Laban said, “Yes, indeed, you are my own flesh and blood.” Jacob stayed there a whole month. That is where his mother’s brother, Laban, lived. 11 Leah said, “I have been lucky”; so she named him Gad. Jacob and Laban in Gilead. Jacob sees through Laban and shrewdly makes an offer his father-in-law cannot resist. 24 In a dream that night God came to Laban and said to him, “Be careful not to threaten Jacob in any way.” 25 Jacob had set up his camp on a mountain, and Laban set up his camp with his relatives in the hill country of Gilead. 19 Laban answered, “I would rather give her to you than to anyone else; stay here with me.” 20 Jacob worked seven years so that he could have Rachel, and the time seemed like only a few days to him, because he loved her. When he said, ‘The striped goats shall be your wages,’ all the flocks produced striped young. That is all the wages I want. Donate Now. 28 Jacob agreed, and when the week of marriage celebrations was over, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. He sold us, and now he has spent all the money he was paid for us. Though it often expressed itself in deceit, Jacob’s tenacious nature was an asset to him. 9 God has taken flocks away from your father and given them to me. 9 When Leah realized that she had stopped having children, she gave her slave Zilpah to Jacob as his wife. 2 Jacob was "both in drink and in the dark," concluded Jewish historian Josephus. 17-18 So Jacob got ready to go back to his father in the land of Canaan. 23 Then he took his brethren with him and pursued him for seven days’ journey, and he overtook him in the mountains of Gilead. (AT)23 Taking his relatives(AU)with him(AV), he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. Laban searched through the whole tent, but did not find them. However, Laban substituted her older sister Leah instead and Jacob had to serve a further 7 years in order to marry Rachel. 23 He took his men with him and pursued Jacob for seven days until he caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. He put them there, because the animals mated when they came to drink. Starting in Genesis 30:25 we see that Jacob is wanting to leave the service of Laban and return to his homeland. She said, “Now my husband will be bound more tightly to me, because I have borne him three sons”; so she named him Levi. 43 In this way Jacob became very wealthy. Genesis 31:44-54 Now therefore come you, let us make a covenant, I and you; and let it be for a witness between me and you. He put his sons in charge of them, 36 and then went away from Jacob with this flock as far as he could travel in three days. Jacob & Laban. He has heard my prayer and has given me a son”; so she named him Dan. 1 Jacob continued on his way and went toward the land of the East. His work was to take care of Laban's great herds and flocks which fed in the broad pastures about Haran, being led at times a journey of some days away from home. Laban then made Jacob work a further 7 years before he could marry his youngest daughter Rachel, who had been Jacob’s first choice of his bride (Genesis 29:18-30). 17 God answered Leah's prayer, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. 30 Jacob had intercourse with Rachel also, and he loved her more than Leah. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Good News Translation® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition). As the sun was setting, Jacob looked for a place where he could spend the night. 48 Laban said to Jacob, “This pile of rocks will be a reminder for both of us.” That is why that place was named Galeed. Now my husband will accept me, because I have borne him six sons”; so she named him Zebulun. 50 Laban went on, “If you mistreat my daughters or if you marry other women, even though I don't know about it, remember that God is watching us. Do whatever God has told you.”. 52 Both this pile and this memorial stone are reminders. Laban, however, was eager to have Jacob remain, for God had blessed everything Jacob did while in Laban's household, and Laban had grown rich. 28 Name your wages, and I will pay them.”, 29 Jacob answered, “You know how I have worked for you and how your flocks have prospered under my care. He placed these branches in front of the flocks at their drinking troughs. 28), allowing him to see how divine providence has blessed him. History : After the birth of Joseph, the tribes of Israel are just one brother from being the 12 we have today. But God has seen my trouble and the work I have done, and last night he gave his judgment.”, 43 Laban answered Jacob, “These young women are my daughters; their children belong to me, and these flocks are mine. The way Laban cheated him with Rachel and Leah was merely a temporary setback; he had the fortitude to press on for what he wanted. Jacob and Laban's Arrangement – 30:24-43. 26 Give me my wives and children that I have earned by working for you, and I will leave. Thus, he readily agrees to give Jacob these animals in exchange for more service (30:29–34). Genesis 31: Jacob and Laban; The Story. Such perseverance is one mark of discipleship. Laban promises Jacob every speckled and spotted sheep and goat, and every black lamb as a reward for his labour. Hiding his intent with polite speech (as is customary in many cultures), Laban actually means, “I have lived up to my bargain to give you my daughters for your fourteen years of service (29:21–30). Why did Jacob and Laban make a pile of stones? 37 Now that you have searched through all my belongings, what household article have you found that belongs to you? Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel [ f] 27 Why did you dupe me by stealing away secretly? Prophecy : The business battle between Jacob and Laban led Jacob to head back to his land in Canaan with his father Isaac. For fourteen years I worked to win your two daughters—and six years for your flocks. He got all his wealth from what our father owned.” 2 He also saw that Laban was no longer as friendly as he had been earlier. 39 So when the goats bred in front of the branches, they produced young that were streaked, speckled, and spotted. 47 Laban named it Jegar Sahadutha, while Jacob named it Galeed. Bible text from the Good News Translation (GNT) is not to be reproduced in copies or otherwise by any means except as permitted in writing by American Bible Society, 101 North Independence Mall East, Floor 8, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2155 (www.americanbible.org). 38 I have been with you now for twenty years; your sheep and your goats have not failed to reproduce, and I have not eaten any rams from your flocks. "Name me your wages, and I will give it," Laban said (verse 28), hoping to entice Jacob to stay. 10:16 Gal. Laban believed the payout would be small but that his own prosperity would be great. Jacob had left his home and was going to Haran. Jacob and Laban Make a Covenant of Peace. She ran to tell her father; 13 and when he heard the news about his nephew Jacob, he ran to meet him, hugged him and kissed him, and brought him into the house. 17 Leah had lovely eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful. Jacob greeted them and asked them about the town and his uncle Laban. Immediately after Joseph’s birth, Jacob’s attention shifts back to his homeland. However, immediately afterward, Laban removes all the animals from his flock which are speckled, spotted, or black (verse 35), defrauding Jacob a second time! He put them there, because the animals mated when they came to drink. All the solid-coloured animals belonged to Laban. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel with his uncle Laban's flock, he went to the well, rolled the stone back, and watered the sheep. 40 Many times I suffered from the heat during the day and from the cold at night. If you are tempted to compromise your faith, remember we must never give up when looking for God’s promises. You demanded that I make good anything that was stolen during the day or during the night. 3 Whenever all the flocks came together there, the shepherds would roll the stone back and water them. Jacob. 7 Bilhah became pregnant again and bore Jacob a second son. Now women will call me happy”; so she named him Asher. 24 But God had come to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, “Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.” Then he worked for Laban another seven years. 4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My friends, where are you from?”, 5 He asked, “Do you know Laban, grandson of Nahor?”, “He is well,” they answered. Laban’s flock would have consisted mainly of pure white sheep and solidly colored goats; few black lambs or speckled goats would be present. We need to understand that Jacob was in Laban's home because he had run away. “Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with his flock.”, 7 Jacob said, “Since it is still broad daylight and not yet time to bring the flocks in, why don't you water them and take them back to pasture?”, 8 They answered, “We can't do that until all the flocks are here and the stone has been rolled back; then we will water the flocks.”, 9 While Jacob was still talking with them, Rachel arrived with the flock. Primary and Junior. This is why Jacob speaks of the land possessively — it is “his land” (“my” as he speaks in the first person) — when he asks Laban to send him out (30:25–26). Then he went into Rachel's tent. 31:44-53. 19 Leah became pregnant again and bore Jacob a sixth son. “What crime have I committed?” he asked angrily. 35 Rachel said to her father, “Do not be angry with me, sir, but I am not able to stand up in your presence; I am having my monthly period.” Laban searched but did not find his household gods. Laban thinks he comes out ahead by marrying off both his daughters and getting fourteen years of Jacob’s work at the same time. After they had eaten, they spent the night on the mountain. When Laban realizes Jacob has left, he pursues him with anger. The flocks were watered from this well, which had a large stone over the opening. In this way he built up his own flock and kept it apart from Laban's. He is the one who keeps you from having children.”. Moreover, he would rather work for Laban than go away unable to feed his family. 42 If the God of my fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac, had not been with me, you would have already sent me away empty-handed. 4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to meet him in the field where his flocks were. What now are you going to give me as a reward?”, Laban is not afraid to admit his wealth has been increased by Jacob’s wise shepherding (vv. Once Laban catches up with Jacob, however, before Laban even speaks with him, God appears to Laban and warns him not to harm (literally “speak good or bad to”) Jacob (Gen 31:24). Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. 19 Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and during his absence Rachel stole the household gods that belonged to her father. He crossed the Euphrates River and started for the hill country of Gilead. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Regarding the Present in Light of the Future, Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. Laban’s flock would have consisted mainly of pure white sheep and solidly colored goats; few black lambs or speckled goats would be present. If you had told me, I would have sent you on your way with rejoicing and singing to the music of tambourines and harps. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son's mandrakes.”, 15 Leah answered, “Isn't it enough that you have taken away my husband? He put his children and his wives on the camels, and drove all his flocks ahead of him, with everything that he had gotten in Mesopotamia. ( 24 Laban gave his slave woman Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her maid.) Why have you tricked me?”, 26 Laban answered, “It is not the custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older. “You know the service that I have given you,” is Jacob’s way of calling attention to the way he has benefited Laban (v. 26). 26 Laban said to Jacob, “Why did you deceive me and carry off my daughters like women captured in war? In addition to this, Laban had taken advantage of him because of his weak position. 51 Here are the rocks that I have piled up between us, and here is the memorial stone. Jacob’s interaction with Laban at the beginning of today’s passage should be understood as a request that his father-in-law send him forth with some material provisions as well as his wives and children. 26:4–5 Matt. Jacob and Laban’s Relationship While reading my chronological Bible study, I was struck by the relationship between Jacob and Laban.It is a fairly lengthy relationship that takes up more than four chapters of Genesis, so I felt it was worthy of a little more study. Laban 's father, Bethuel, was the son of Nachor, Abraham 's older brother. I was not able to sleep. 13 I am the God who appeared to you at Bethel, where you dedicated a stone as a memorial by pouring olive oil on it and where you made a vow to me. Now he wished to depart and return to his father in Canaan. 5 Bilhah became pregnant and bore Jacob a son. 28 You did not even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-bye. Seeing how God has begun fulfilling His promise to multiply him, Isaac’s son is more confident the Lord will start bringing Canaan into his hands (Gen. 28:10–17). Put it out here where your men and mine can see it, and let them decide which one of us is right. We will do as you suggest.” 35 But that day Laban removed the male goats that had stripes or spots and all the females that were speckled and spotted or which had white on them; he also removed all the black sheep. 23 But that night, instead of Rachel, he took Leah to Jacob, and Jacob had intercourse with her. ( 29 Laban gave his slave woman Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.) 24 May the Lord give me another son”; so she named him Joseph. The Shepherd of Prosperity And when the business relationship that Jacob and Laban had between them, would begin to sour. 45 So Jacob got a stone and set it up as a memorial. 22 Then God remembered Rachel; he answered her prayer and made it possible for her to have children. 34 Once again she became pregnant and gave birth to another son. 5 He said to them, “I have noticed that your father is not as friendly toward me as he used to be; but my father's God has been with me. She said, “This time I will praise the Lord”; so she named him Judah. 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