Genesis: Chapter 31 (1534)

The boke of Genesis. The .xxxi. Chapter.

  1. And Jacob herde the wordes of Labas sonnes how they sayde: Jacob hath take awaye all that was oure fathers and of oure fathers goodes hath he gote all this honoure.
  2. And Jacob behelde the countenauce of Laban that it was not toward him as it was in tymes past.
  3. And the LORde sayde vnto Jacob: turne agayne in to the lade of thy fathers and to thy kynred and I wilbe with ye.
  4. Tha Jacob sent and called Rahel and Lea to the felde vnto his shepe
  5. and sayde vnto the: I se youre fathers countenauce yt it is not toward me as in tymes past. Morouer ye God of my father hath bene with me.
  6. And ye knowe how that I haue serued youre father with all my myghte.
  7. And youre father hath disceaued me and chaunged my wages .x. tymes: But God suffred him not to hurte me.
  8. When he sayde the spotted shalbe thy wages tha all the shepe barespotted. Yf he sayde the straked shalbe thi rewarde tha bare all the shepe straked:
  9. thus hath God take awaye youre fathers catell and geue the me.
  10. For in buckynge tyme I lifted vp myne eyes and sawe in a dreame: and beholde the rammes that bucked the shepe were straked spotted and partie.
  11. And the angell of God spake vnto me in a dreame saynge: Jacob. And I answered: here am I.
  12. And he sayde: lyfte vp thyne eyes ad see how all therames that leape vpon the shepe are straked spotted and partie: for I haue sene all that Laban doth vnto ye.
  13. I am ye god of Bethell where thou anoynteddest the stone ad where thou vowdest a vowe vnto me. Now aryse and gett the out of this countre ad returne vnto the lade where thou wast borne.
  14. Than answered Rahel and Lea and sayde vnto him: we haue no parte nor enheritaunce in oure fathers house
  15. he cownteth us eue as straungers for he hath solde vs and hath euen eaten vp the price of vs.
  16. Moreouer all the riches which God hath take from oure father that is oures and oure childerns. Now therfore what soeuer God hath sayde vnto the that doo.
  17. Tha Jacob rose vp and sett his sones and wiues vp vpon camels
  18. and caried away all his catell and all his substace which he had gotte in Mesopotamia for to goo to Isaac his father vnto the lade of Canaan.
  19. Laba was gone to shere his shepe and Rahel had stolle hir fathers ymages.
  20. And Jacob went awaye vnknowynge to Laban the Sirie and tolde him not yt he fled.
  21. So fled he and all yt he had and made him self redy and passed ouer the ryuers and sett his face streyght towarde the mounte Gilead.
  22. Apo the thirde day after was it tolde Laba yt Jacob was fled.
  23. Tha he toke his brethre with him and folowed after him .vij. dayes iourney and ouer toke him at the mounte Gilead.
  24. And God came to Laba the Siria in a dreame by nyghte and sayde vnto him: take hede to thi selfe that thou speake not to Jacob oughte save good.
  25. And Laba ouer toke Jacob: and Jacob had pitched his tete in yt mounte. And Laban with his brethern pitched their tete also apon the mounte Gilead.
  26. Than sayde Laba to Jacob: why hast thou this done vnknowynge to me and hast caried awaye my doughters as though they had bene take captyue with swerde?
  27. Wherfore wentest thou awaye secretly vnknowne to me and didest not tell me yt I myghte haue broughte yt on the waye with myrth syngynge tymrells and harppes
  28. and hast not suffred me to kysse my childern and my doughters. Thou wast a fole to do
  29. it for I am able to do you evell. But the God of youre father spake vnto me yesterdaye saynge take hede tha thou speake not to Jacob oughte saue goode.
  30. And now though thou wetest thi waye because thou logest after thi fathers house yet wherfore hast thou stollen my goddes?
  31. Jacob answered and sayde to Laba: because I was afrayed and thought that thou woldest haue take awaye thy doughters fro me.
  32. But with whome soeuer thou fyndest thy goddes let him dye here before oure brethre. Seke that thine is by me and take it to the: for Jacob wist not that Rahel had stolle the.
  33. Tha wet Laba in to Jacobs tete and in to Leas tete and in to .ij. maydens tentes: but fownde the not. Tha wet he out of Leas tete and entred in to Rahels tete.
  34. And Rahel toke the ymages and put them in the camels strawe and sate doune apo the. And Laba serched all the tete: but fownde the not.
  35. Tha sayde she to hir father: my lorde be not angrye yt I ca not ryse vp before the for the disease of weme is come apon me. So searched he but foude the not.
  36. Jacob was wrooth and chode with Laba: Jacob also answered and sayde to him: what haue I trespaced or what haue I offended that thou foloweddest after me?
  37. Thou hast searched all my stuffe and what hast thou founde of all thy housholde stuffe? put it here before thi brethern and myne and let the iudge betwyxte vs both.
  38. This xx. yere yt I haue bene wyth the thy shepe and thy gootes haue not bene baren and the rammes of thi flocke haue I not eate.
  39. What soeuer was torne of beastes I broughte it not vnto ye but made it good mysilf: of my hade dydest thou requyre it whether it was stollen by daye or nyghte
  40. Moreouer by daye the hete consumed me and the colde by nyghte and my slepe departed fro myne eyes.
  41. Thus haue I bene .xx. yere in thi house and serued the .xiiij. yeres forthy .ij. doughters and vi. yere for thi shepe and thou hast changed my rewarde .x. tymes.
  42. And excepte the God of my father the God of Abraha and the God whome Isaac feareth had bene with me: surely thou haddest sent me awaye now all emptie. But God behelde my tribulation and the laboure of my handes: and rebuked the yester daye.
  43. Laban answered ad sayde vnto Jacob: the doughters are my doughters and the childern ar my childern and the shepe are my shepe ad all that thou seist is myne. And what can I do this daye vnto these my doughters or vnto their childern which they haue borne?
  44. Now therfore come on let us make a bonde I and thou together and let it be a wytnesse betwene the and me.
  45. Than toke Jacob a stone and sett it vp an ende
  46. ad sayde vnto his brethern gather stoones And they toke stoones ad made an heape and they ate there vpo the heape.
  47. And Laba called it Jegar Sahadutha but Jacob called it Gylead.
  48. Than sayde Laban: this heape be witnesse betwene the and me this daye (therfore is it called Gilead)
  49. and this totehill which the lorde seeth (sayde he) be wytnesse betwene me and the when we are departed one from a nother:
  50. that thou shalt not vexe my doughters nether shalt take other wyves vnto them. Here is no man with vs: beholde God is wytnesse betwixte the and me.
  51. And Laban sayde moreouer to Jacob: beholde this heape and this marke which I haue sett here betwyxte me and the:
  52. this heape be wytnesse and also this marcke that I will not come ouer this heape to the ad thou shalt not come ouer this heape ad this marke to do any harme.
  53. The God of Abraham the God of Nahor and the God of theyr fathers be iudge betwixte vs.And Jacob sware by him that his father Isaac feared.
  54. Then Jacob dyd sacrifyce vpon the mounte and called his brethern to eate breed. And they ate breed and taried all nyghte in the hyll.
  55. And early in the mornynge Laban rose vp and kyssed his childern and his doughters and blessed the and departed and wet vnto his place agayne.
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