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Genesis 31:43–34:31

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43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born? 44 Now therefore come thou, mlet us make a covenant, I and thou; nand let it be for a witness between me and thee. 45 And Jacob otook a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap. 47 And Laban called it ||Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it ||Galeed. 48 And Laban said, pThis heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 49 And q||Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. 50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; 52 rThis heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. 53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by sthe fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob ||offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called this brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount. 55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed uhis sons and his daughters, and xblessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.

32 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s ahost: and he called the name of that place ||Mahanaim. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of bSeir, the country of Edom. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now: And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that cI may find grace in thy sight. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also dhe cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape. And Jacob said, eO God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord fwhich saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the gmercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. 11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. 12 And hthou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. 13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand ia present for Esau his brother; 14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, 15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. 16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. 17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee? 18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us. 19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him. 20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me. 21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. 22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford kJabbok. 23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there lwrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, mLet me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, nThy name shall be called no more Jacob, but ||Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and owith men, and hast prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, pWherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place ||Peniel: for qI have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31 And as he passed over rPenuel the sun rose upon him, and he shalted upon his thigh. 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which tshrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.

33 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, aEsau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. And he passed over before them, and bbowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. cAnd Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, dand fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children ewhich God hath graciously given thy servant. Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. And he said, What meanest thou by fall this drove which I met? And he said, These are gto find grace in the sight of my lord. And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. 10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: hfor therefore I ihave seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 11 Take, I pray thee, jmy blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he kurged him, and he took it. 12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee. 13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. 14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on lsoftly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come munto my lord unto Seir. 15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? nlet me find grace in the sight of my lord. 16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to oSuccoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called ||Succoth. 18 And Jacob came to pShalem, a city of ||qShechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city. 19 And rhe bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of ||Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred ||pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and scalled it ||El-elohe-Israel.

34 And aDinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when bShechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. And Shechem cspake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob dheld his peace until they were come. And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they ewere very wroth, because he fhad wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter; which thing gought not to be done. And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife. And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you. 10 And ye shall dwell with us: and hthe land shall be before you; dwell and itrade ye therein, and kget you possessions therein. 11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, lLet me find grace in

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m

ch. 26:28.

n

ver. 48. Josh. 24:27.

o

ch. 28:18.

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That is, The heap of witness. [Chald. || That is, The heap of witness. Heb.] Comp. ch. 28:5. & ver. 20.

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That is, The heap of witness. [Chald. || That is, The heap of witness. Heb.] Comp. ch. 28:5. & ver. 20.

p

ver. 44.

q
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That is, A beacon, or, watchtower.

r

ver. 44, 48.

s

ver. 42.

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Or, killed beasts. But comp. ver. 53. & ch. 46:1.

t

ver. 37.

u

ver. 28, 43.

x

ch. 28:1.

a
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That is, Two hosts, or, camps.

b

Heb. field.

c

ch. 33:8, 15.

d

ch. 33:1.

e

ch. 28:13.

f

ch. 31:3, 13.

Heb. I am less than all, &c.

g

See ch. 24:27.

Heb. upon. So ch. 31:50. Hos. 10:14.

h

Comp. ch. 28:13–15.

i

Heb. my face. So ch. 19:21. Job 42:8, 9.

k

Deut. 2:37. & 3:16. Josh. 12:2. Comp. ver. 24 (Heb.).

Heb. caused to pass.

l

Heb. ascending of the morning. So ch. 19:15. & ver. 26.

m
n
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[That is, A prince of God.]

o

ch. 33:4.

p
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That is, The face of God.

q
r
s
t

Compare Jer. 51:30 (Heb.).

a

ch. 32:6.

b

ch. 18:2. & 42:6. & 43:26.

c

ch. 32:28.

d

ch. 45:14.

Heb. to thee?

e

Heb. What is all this band to thee? So 2 Sam. 16:2. Ezek. 37:18. Jon. 1:6.

f

ch. 32:16.

g

ch. 32:5. See ver. 15.

Heb. be that to thee that is thine.

h

ch. 18:5. & 19:8.

i
j

[Heb. all things.] Phil. 4:18.

k

ch. 19:3 (Heb.). Comp. 2 Sam. 13:25, 27. 2 Kin. 5:23.

l

Heb. according to the foot of the work, &c. and according to the foot of the children.

m

ver. 16. ch. 32:3.

Heb. set, or, place. So ch. 43:9 (Heb.).

Heb. Wherefore is this?

n

See ver. 8. ch. 34:11. & 47:25. Ruth 2:13.

o
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That is, Booths.

p
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Called, Acts 7:16, Sychem.

q
r
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Called, Acts 7:16, Emor.

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Or, lambs. Josh. 24:32. Job 42:11. But comp. Acts 7:16.

s

ch. 35:7.

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That is, God the God of Israel.

a

ch. 30:21.

b

ch. 33:19.

Heb. humbled her. Deut. 22:29. 2 Sam. 13:12.

Heb. to her heart. [to the heart of the damsel] more exactly. 2 Sam. 19:7. Isai. 40:2. Hos. 2:11.

c
d
e

ch. 49:7.

f
g

ver. 31. ch. 20:9. & 29:26. Lev. 4:2, 13, 22, 27. & 5:17. & 2 Sam. 13:12 (Heb.).

h

ch. 13:9. & 20:15.

i

ver. 21. ch. 42:34.

k

ch. 47:27.

l

See ch. 33:15.