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of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel : but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God : and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house : and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks : and a great stone was upon the well's mouth. And thither were all the flocks gathered : and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.

And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor ? And they said, We know him.

And he said unto them, Is he well ? And they said, He is well : and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.

And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together : water ye the sheep, and go and feed them. And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.

And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep : for she kept them.

And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his

mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.

And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought ? tell me, what shall thy wages be?

And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the

of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel wa ; beautiful and well

well favoured. Anil Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide witia

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled.

And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brouglıt her to him.

And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold it was Leah : and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve wit thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast

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thou beguiled me. And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week : and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

And he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven

other years.

And Leah bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

And she again bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

And she again bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

And she again bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah.

And the man (Jacob) increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and asses.

And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's, and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory. And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not towards him as before.

And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

And Jacobsent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, and said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not towards me as before ; but the God of my father

hath been with me. And ye know that with all my power I have served your father, and your father hath deceived me and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or substance for us in our father's house? Are we not counted of him as strangers ? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money. For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours and our children's : now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels; and he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten at Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

And Laban went to shear his sheep; and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.

And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he had fled. So he fled with all that he had ; and he rose up and passed over the river, and set his face toward the Mount Gilead.

And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was' fled. And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey ; and they overtook him in the Mount Gilead. And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount; and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword ? Wherefore didst

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thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters ? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.

It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid : for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live : before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee.

For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he

out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.

Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.

And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban : and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass ? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both. This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and

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of thy flock have I not eaten. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee: I bare the loss of it: of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.

Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and

my sleep departed from mine eyes. Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my chil. dren, 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 ? Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.

And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap. And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed. And Mizpah ; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. 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.

And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; this 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. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt

And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to cat bread : and they did eat bread and tarried all night in the mount.

And early in the morning Labap rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them : and Laban departed, and returned unto his own place.

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Questions and Explanations.

Question.-What did Laban mean by charging

Jacob with stealing his gods ?
Answer.-Laban appears to have partly followed the exam-

ple of the idolatrous people near whom he lived, and to
have kept in his house small images, or idols, without
which he feared ill fortune would come to him. He
had not quite forgotten the knowledge of the true God,
for he said that the God of Jacob's father had spoken
and warned him against speaking either good or bad to
him. Rachel seems to have shared ihe superstition of
her father, and to have taken the images for the sake of

the good fortune she supposed they would bring. We must guard against superstitious beliefs and practices

which are contrary to true religion. 2.-What is the meaning of the names which Laban

and Jacob gave to the heap of stones ? A.–Laban used a Syrian and Jacob a Hebrew word, having

the same meaning, "a heap of witness ; ” “ Mizpah, the second name given by Jacob, means a watch-lower. It has been a common practice in all parts of the word to erect piles of stones in remembrance of particular events.

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MEETING OF JACOB AND ESAU. ND Jacob went on his way, and Then Jacob was greatly afraid and the angels of God met him.

distressed: and he divided the people And when Jacob saw them, he said, that was with him, and the flocks, and This is God's host : and he called the herds, and the camels, into two bands; name of that place Mahanaim.

and said, If Esau come to the one And Jacobsent messengers before company, and smite it, then the other him to Esau his brother unto the company which is left shall escape. land of Seir, the country of Edom.

And Jacob said, O God of my And he commanded them, saying, father Abraham, and God of my father Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, me, Return unto thy country, and to I have sojourned with Laban, and thy kindred, and I will deal well with stayed there until now : and I have thee: I am not worthy of the least asses, flocks, and

of all the mercies, and of all the truth, servants, and womerservants : and I which thou hast shewed unto thy serhave sent to tell my lord, that I may vant; for with my staff I passed over find grace in thy sight.

this Jordan; and now I am become And the messengers returned to two bands. Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Deliver me, I pray thee, from the Esau, and also he cometh to meet hand of my brother, from the hand thee, and four hundred men with him. of Esau : for I fear him, lest he will

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