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16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillow, and set it up
for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Beth-el : wat the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 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 fathe 's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God.
22 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.
LESSON XXV. Genesis, CHAP. XXIX. 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.
3 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. 4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ус
? 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.
7 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.
8 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.
10 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.
11 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.
18 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and enibraced him, and kissed hin, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
14 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?
16 And Laban had two daughters : the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well-favoured. And Jacob loved Rachel : and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee than that I should give her to another man : abide with me. And Jacob served seven years for Rachel ; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 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, that he brought Leah to him instead of Rachel. And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah, Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
25 And Jacob said, What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve with thee for Rachel ? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also, for the service thou shalt serve with me yei seven other years. And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah his handmaid to be her m:uid. And Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he gave her children; but Rachel bad no child.
LESSON XXVI. Gengeis, CHAP. XXX. AND after a long time Rachel had a son, and she called his
name Joseph. And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go : for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience, that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake. And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me. For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now, when shall I provide for mine own house also ?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee ? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing. If thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.
32 I will pass through all thy fock to-day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats ; and of such shall be
hire. 33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face : every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among
the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me. And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he-goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
36 And he set three days journey betwixt himself and Jacob; and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maid-servants, and men-servants, and camels, and asses.
LESSON XXVII. GENESIS, CHAP. XXXI.
A ND Jacob 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, be
hold, it was not toward 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.
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, and he said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before : but the God of my father hath been with me.
6 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.
8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled : and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire ; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? Are we not counted of him strangers ? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is our's, and our children's : now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
17 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 in 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.
20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he 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.
22 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.
24 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.
26 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?
27 Wherefore didst 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 ;
28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt : but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longest after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
31" And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid : for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
32 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.
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maid-servants' tents : but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the mages, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.
36 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?
37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy houshold stuff? set it here before my
brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
38 This twenty years have I been with thee: thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams 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.
40 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.
42 Except the God of iny 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.