10. Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11. He came to a certain place, and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. He took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12. He dreamed. Behold, a stairway set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
14. Your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. In you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
15. Behold, I am with you, and will keep you, wherever you go, and will bring you again into this land. For I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken of to you.”
16. Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, “Surely יהוה is in this place, and I didn’t know it.”
17. He was afraid, and said, “How dreadful is this place! This is none other than God’s house, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18. Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it.
19. He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
20. Jacob vowed a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on,
21. So that I come again to my father’s house in peace, and יהוה will be my God,
22. Then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, will be God’s house. Of all that you will give me I will surely give the tenth to you.”
1. Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the children of the east.
2. He looked, and behold, a well in the field, and, behold, three flocks of sheep lying there by it. For out of that well they watered the flocks. The stone on the well’s mouth was large.
3. There all the flocks were gathered. They rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again on the well’s mouth in its place.
4. Jacob said to them, “My relatives, where are you from?” They said, “We are from Haran.”
6. He said to them, “Is it well with him?”They said, “It is well. See, Rachel, his daughter, is coming with the sheep.”
7. He said, “Behold, it is still the middle of the day, not time to gather the livestock together. Water the sheep, and go and feed them.”
8. They said, “We can’t, until all the flocks are gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well’s mouth. Then we water the sheep.”
9. While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she kept them.
10. It happened, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban, his 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.
14. Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. He lived with him for a month.
19. Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.”
22. Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23. It happened in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. He went in to her.
26. Laban said, “It is not done so in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn.
27. Fulfill the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you will serve with me yet seven other years.”
33. She conceived again, and bare a son, and said, “Because יהוה has heard that I am hated, he has therefore given me this son also.” She named him Simeon.
34. She conceived again, and bare a son. Said, “Now this time will my husband be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore was his name called Levi.
35. She conceived again, and bore a son. She said, “This time will I praise יהוה.” Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
3. She said, “Behold, my maid Bilhah. Go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, and I also may obtain children by her.”
15. She said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes, also?” Rachel said, “Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.”
21. Afterwards, she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah.
22. God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb.
23. She conceived, bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.”
24. She named him Joseph, saying, “May יהוה add another son to me.”
26. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know my service with which I have served you.”
27. Laban said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, stay here, for I have divined that יהוה has blessed me for your sake.”
28. He said, “Appoint me your wages, and I will give it.”
29. He said to him, “You know how I have served you, and how your livestock have fared with me.
30. For it was little which you had before I came, and it has increased to a multitude. יהוה has blessed you wherever I turned. Now when will I provide for my own house also?”
31. He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it.
32. I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted one, and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats. This will be my hire.
33. So my righteousness will answer for me hereafter, when you come concerning my hire that is before you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and black among the sheep, that might be with me, will be counted stolen.”
34. Laban said, “Behold, I desire it to be according to your word.”
35. That day, he removed the male goats that were streaked and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
37. Jacob took to himself rods of fresh poplar, almond, plane tree, peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
38. He set the rods which he had peeled opposite the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink. They conceived when they came to drink.
39. The flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.
41. It happened, whenever the stronger of the flock conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods;
43. The man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
3. יהוה said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”
5. And said to them, “I see the expression on your father’s face, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.
6. You know that I have served your father with all of my strength.
7. Your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times, but God didn’t allow him to hurt me.
8. If he said this, ‘The speckled will be your wages,’ then all the flock bore speckled. If he said this, ‘The streaked will be your wages,’ then all the flock bore streaked.
9. Thus God has taken away your father’s livestock, and given them to me.
10. It happened during mating season that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which leaped on the flock were streaked, speckled, and grizzled.
11. The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘ Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am.’
12. He said, ‘Now lift up your eyes, and behold, all the male goats which leap on the flock are streaked, speckled, and grizzled, for I have seen all that Laban does to you.
13. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your birth.”
15. Aren’t we accounted by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also quite devoured our money.
16. For all the riches which God has taken away from our father, that is ours and our children’s. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”
17. Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives on the camels,
18. And he took away all his livestock, and all his possessions which he had gathered, including the livestock which he had gained in Paddan Aram, to go to Isaac ,his father, to the land of Canaan.
21. So he fled with all that he had. He rose up, passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gilead.
23. He took his relatives with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey. He overtook him in the mountain of Gilead.
27. Why did you flee secretly, and deceive me, and didn’t tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs, with tambourine and with harp;
28. And didn’t allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly.
29. It is in the power of my hand to hurt you, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Take heed to yourself that you don’t speak to Jacob either good or bad.’
30. Now, you want to be gone, because you greatly longed for your father’s house, but why have you stolen my gods?”
35. She said to her father, “Don’t let my lord be angry that I can’t rise up before you; for the manner of women is on me.” He searched, but didn’t find the teraphim.
37. Now that you have felt around in all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set it here before my relatives and your relatives, that they may judge between us two.
38. These twenty years I have been with you. Your ewes and your female goats have not cast their young, and I haven’t eaten the rams of your flocks.
39. That which was torn of animals, I didn’t bring to you. I bore the loss of it. Of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.
40. This was my situation: in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from my eyes.
41. These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.
42. Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”
43. Laban answered Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine: and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children whom they have borne?
44. Now come, let us make a covenant, you and I; and let it be for a witness between me and you.”
45. Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
46. Jacob said to his relatives, “Gather stones.” They took stones, and made a heap. They ate there by the heap.
48. Laban said, “This heap is witness between me and you this day.” Therefore it was named Galeed
49. And Mizpah, for he said, “ יהוה watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another.
50. If you afflict my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, no man is with us; behold, God is witness between me and you.”
52. May this heap be a witness, and the pillar be a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
54. Jacob offered a sacrifice in the mountain, and called his relatives to eat bread. They ate bread, and stayed all night in the mountain.
1. Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2. When he saw them, Jacob said, “This is God’s hosts.” He called the name of that place Mahanaim.