Genesis 31:43–55

The Covenant of Mizpah

43 Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and athe flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?

44 “So now come, let us amake a covenant, 1you and I, and blet it be a witness between 2you and me.”

45 Then Jacob took aa stone and set it up as a pillar.

46 Jacob said to his 1kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

47 Now Laban acalled it 1Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it 2Galeed.

48 Laban said, “aThis heap is a witness between 1you and me this day.” Therefore it was named Galeed,

49 and 1aMizpah, for he said, “May the Lord watch between 2you and me when we are 3absent one from the other.

50 “If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, aGod is witness between 1you and me.”

51 Laban said to Jacob, “Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between 1you and me.

52 “This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.

53 aThe God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, bjudge between us.” So Jacob swore by cthe fear of his father Isaac.

54 Then Jacob aoffered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his 1kinsmen to 2the meal; and they ate 3the meal and spent the night on the mountain.

55 1Early in the morning Laban arose, and akissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.

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