The New King James Version

Genesis 31:43–54

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Laban’s Covenant with Jacob

43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, “These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and this flock is my flock; 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 Now therefore, come, qlet us make a 8covenant, ryou and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.”

45 So Jacob stook a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 Then Jacob said to his brethren, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there on the heap. 47 Laban called it 9Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called it 1Galeed. 48 And Laban said, t“This heap is a witness between you and me this day.” Therefore its name was called Galeed, 49 also uMizpah, 2because he said, “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another. 50 If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us—see, God is witness between you and me!”

51 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Here is this heap and here is this pillar, which I have placed between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. 53 The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father vjudge between us.” And Jacob wswore by xthe 3Fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread. And they ate bread and stayed all night on the mountain.

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Lit., in Aram., Heap of Witness


Lit., in Heb., Heap of Witness


Lit. Watch


A reference to God