tn Heb “and Jacob answered and said to Laban, ‘Because I was afraid.’ ” This statement is a not a response to the question about Laban’s household gods that immediately precedes, but to the earlier question about Jacob’s motivation for leaving so quickly and secretly (see v. 27). For this reason the words “I left secretly” are supplied in the translation to indicate the connection to Laban’s earlier question in v. 27. Additionally the order of the introductory clause and the direct discourse have been rearranged in the translation for stylistic reasons.
tn Heb “for I said.”
tn Heb “lest you steal your daughters from with me.”