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And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which 12 leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. I am the God of Beth-el, 13 where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred. And Rachel and Leah answered and 14 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 15 sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money. For all the riches 16 which God hath taken from our father, that is our's, and our

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12 Lift up now thine eyes.] And Jacob See verse 3. Return unto thy country, and to took him rods of green poplar, and of the thy kindred, and I will deal with thee (said hasel and chesnut tree, and pilled white strakes God to Jacob). Ge. xxxii. 9. in them, and made the white appear which 14 Rachel and Leah.] The Lord make the was in the rods. And he set the rods which he “woman" (Ruth") that is come into thine had pilled before the flocks: and the flocks house (said the people and elders to Boaz) like conceived before the rods : and Jacob did se- Rachel and like Leah, which two did build parate the lambs; and he put his own flocks the house of Israel. Ru. iv. 11. by themselves. And the man increased ex- Yet any portion, &c.] Therefore shall a ceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidser- man leave his father and his mother, and shall fants, and menservants, and camels, and asses. cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one Ge. xxx. 37, 38, 40. 43.

flesh. Ge. ii. 24. And Laban gave unto his I have seen all that Laban doeth, &c.] Except daughter Leah, Zilpah his maid for an handthe God of my father had been with me, maid ; and Laban gave to Rachel his daughter surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid. Ge, Ge. xxxi. 42. I have surely seen the affliction xxix. 24. 29. of my people which are in Egypt; now there- 15 Sold us.] I served thee (said Jacob to fore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is Laban) fourteen years for thy two daughters, come unto me, and I have seen the oppression and six years for thy cattle : and thou hast wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Ex. changed my wages ten times. Ge. xxxi. 41. ii. 7. 9. Thou shalt not defraud thy neigh- And Laban said

unto Jacob, Because thou art bour, neither rob him : the wages of him that my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me is hired shall not abide with thee all night for nought? Tell me what shall thy wages until the morning. Le. xix. 13. At his day thou be? And Jacob served seven years for Rachel. shalt give him (the hired servant) his' hire, Ge. xxix. 15. 20. Fulfil her (Leah's) week neither shall the sun go down upon it; lest he said Laban), and we will give thee this also ery against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin for the service which thou shalt serve with me unto thee. De. xxiv. 15. For the oppression yet seven other years. And he (Jacob) went of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel will I arise, saith the Lord. Ps. xii. 5. Thou more than Leah, and served with him yet compassest my path and my lying down, and seven other years.

Ge. xxix. 27. 30. Give art acquainted with all my ways.

Ps. cxxxix, me my wives and my children, for whom I 3. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, have served thee, and let me go; for thou and violent perverting of judgment and justice knowest my service which I have done thee. in a province, marvel not at the matter, for he Ge. xxx. 26. And if a man sell his daughter that is higher than the highest regardeth, and to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as there be higher than they. Ec. v. 8. I have the menservants do. And if he (to whom she seen, I have seen the affliction of my people may be betrothed) do not “these three" unto which is in Egypt, and I have heard their her (food, raiment, and her duty of marriage”), groaning, and am come down to deliver them. then shall she go out free without money. Ac. vü. 34. And, ye masters, do the same Er. xxi. 7. 11. Will ye even sell your brethings unto them” (“your servants"), for- thren (said Nehemiah to the nobles and the bearing threatening: knowing that your Master rulers)? or shall they be sold unto us? Ne. also is in heaven ; neither is there respect of v. 8. persons with him. Ep. vi. 9.

16 God hath taken from our father.] See 13 The God of Beth-el.] See chup. xxviii. verse i. 9, and com. And he (Laban) removed 12. 22. And he (Jacob) built there an altar, that day the he goats that were ringstraked and called the place El-beth-el: because there and spotted, and all the she goats that were God appeared unto him, when he fled from the speckled and spotted, and every one that had face of his brother (Esau). Ge. xxxv. 7.

some white in it, and all the brown among the Return unto the land of thy kindred, &c.] sheep, and gave them into the hand of bis VOL. I.


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; 18 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 Padan19 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 20 that were her father's. And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban 21 the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fied. So he fled with

all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and 22 set his face toward the mount Gilead. And it was told Laban on


And the man (Jacob) increased exceed- Ju. xvii. 5. Then answered the five men ingly, &c. Ge. xxx. 35. 43.

that went to spy out the country of Laishi, Whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.] and said unto their brethren, Do ye know Hearken, 0 daughter, and consider and incline that there is in these houses an ephod, and thine ear; forget also thine own people, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a inolten thy father's house. Ps. xlv. 10.

image ? now therefore consider what ye hare 17 Upon camels.] And the servant (of to do. Ju. xviii. 14. And he (Micah) said, Abraham) took ten camels of the camels of his Ye have taken away my gods which I have master, and departed to seek a wife for Isaac). made, and the “ priest" (" the young Lerite''), And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and and ye are gone away: and what have I more! they rode upon the camels, and followed the And “they" ("the children of Dan") set them man (Abraham's servant). Ge. xxiv. 10. 61. up Micah's graven image, which he made, And David smote them from the twilight even all the time that the house of God was in unto the evening of the next day: and there Shiloh. Ju. xviii. 24. 31. And Michal (Darid's escaped not a man “ of them” (the Amalek. wife) took an image, and laid it in the bed, ites”), save four hundred young men which and put a pillow of goat's hair for his bolster, rode upon camels, and fled. 1 Sa. xxx. 17. and covered it with a cloth (to deceire those

18 For to go to Isaac, &c.] See chap. xxvii. who sought David's life). 1 Sa. xix. 13. The 1, 2. 41. and com. So that I come again to king of Babylon stood in the parting of the my father's house in peace (said Jacob), then way, at the head of the two ways, to use shall the Lord be my God. Ge. xxviii. 21. divination : he made his arrows bright, he corAnd Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto sulted with images. Ez. xxi. 2). The chil. Mamre, unto the city of Arba (which is He- dren of Israel shall abide many days without bron), where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. a king, and without a prince, and without a And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died; and sacrifice, and without an image, and without his sons Esau and Jacob buried him, Ge. an ephod, and without teraphim. Ho. ii. 4. Xxxv. 27. 29.

20 Unawares to Laban.) Wherefore didst 19 Images.] And now, though thou wouldest thou flee away secretly, and steal away from needs be gone, because thou sore longedst me; and didst not tell me (said Laban)? Ge. after thy father's house; yet wherefore hast xxxi. 27. thou stolen my gods? And Jacob answered, 21 Passed over the river.) And the fourth With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let river (that went out of Eden) is Euphrates him not live: before our brethren discern Ge. ii. 14. Unto thy seed (said God to Abram) thou what is thine with me, and take it to have I given this land, from the river of Egypt thee: for Jacob knew not that Rachel had unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Gr. stolen them. Ge. xxxi. 30. 32. Then Jacob

Your fathers dwelt on the other side said unto his houshold, and to all that were of the food in old time; and I took your with him, Put away the strange gods that are father Abraham from the other side of the among you.

Ge. xxxv. 2. And Joshua said flood, and led him throughout all the land of unto all the people, Your fathers dwelt on the Canaan. Jos. xxiv. 2, 3. other side of the flood in old time, even Terah Set his face, &c.] And “be" ("Jacob") the father of Abraham, and the father of sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct Nachor: and they served other gods. Jos. xxiv. his face unto Goshen; and they came into the 2. He (Micah the Ephraimite) restored the land of Goshen. Ge. xlvi. 28. And when money (which he had stolen) unto his mother: Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless and his mother took two hundred shekels of Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek silver, and gave them to the founder, who for enchantments, but he set his face coward made thereof a graven image, and a molten the wilderness. Nu. xxiv. 1. Hazael king of image: and they were in the house of Micah. Syria went up and fought against Gath, and Ju. xvii. 4. And the man Micah had an house took it; and Hazael set his face to go up to of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, &c. Jerusalem. 2 ki, xii. 17. And “they" j" of

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the third day that Jacob was fled. And he took his brethren with 23 him, and pursued after bim seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. And God came to Laban the Syrian in 24 a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak

Judah and Israel") shall ask the way to Zion 24 The Syrian.] See chap. xxvili. 5. And with their faces thitherward. Je. 1. 5. And thou (offering the first fruits) shalt speak, and it came to pass, when the time was come that say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready he should be received up, "he" (" Jesus") to perish was my father, and he went down stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem; and into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, "they" (the Samaritans”) did not receive and became there a nation, great, mighty, and him, because his face was as though he would populous. De. xxvi. 5. Jacob fled into the go to Jerusalem. Lu. ix. 51. 53.

country of Syria. Ho. xii. 12. Gilead.] And they (Laban and his bre- Dream.] See verse 10. See chap. XX. 3. thren) overtook him (Jacob) in the mount and com. The God of your father spake unto Gilead. Ge. xxxi. 23. And when they (the me yesternight (said Laban to Jacob), saying, Reubenites and Gadites) saw the land of Jazer, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place good or bad. Ge. xxxi. 29. And “they" was a place for cattle (they came and spake (" the butler and baker of Pharaoh) dreamed unto Moses). Nu. xxxii. 1. And this land a dream each of them, each man his dream which we possessed at this time from Aroer, in one night. Ge. xl. 5. If there be a prophet which is by the river Arnon, and half mount among you, I the Lord will make myself Gilead, and the Cities thereof, gave I unto the known unto him in a vision, and will speak Reubenites, and to the Gadites. De. iii. 12. unto him in a dream. Nu. xii. 6. And God Now therefore divide this land for an in- came unto Balaam at night, and said to him, heritance unto the nine tribes (said the If the men (from Balak) come to call thee, Lord to Joshua), and the half tribe of Ma- rise up, and go with them: but yet the word nasseh, with whom the Reubenites and the which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou Gadites have received their inheritance, which do. And the angel of the Lord went further, Moses gave them beyond Jordan eastward; and stood in a narrow place, where was no from Aroer that is upon the bank of the way to turn either to the right hand or to the river Arnon, and the city that is in the midst left; and when the ass saw the angel of the of the river, and all the plain of Medeba unto Lord, she fell down under Balaam. Nu. xxii. Dibon. Jos. xiii. 7,8,9. And the people and 20. 26. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to princes of Gilead said one to another, What Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, man is he that will begin to fight against the Ask what I shall give thee. 1 Ki. iii. 5. God childrea of Ammon? he shall be head over all speaketh in a dream, in a vision of the night, the inhabitants of Gilead (Jephthah overcame when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumthem). Ju. x. 18. And Elisha the Tishbite, berings upon the bed : then he openeth the who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, unto Ahab, There shall not be dew or rain that he may withdraw man from his purpose, these three years, but according to my word. and hide pride from man : if there be a mesI Ki. 17. 1.

senger with him, an interpreter, his flesh shall 22 The third day.) And he set three days' be fresher than a child's: he shall return to journey betwixt "himself” (Laban”) and the days of his youth. Job xxxiii. 15, 16, 17. Jacob. Ge. xxx. 36. And it was told the 23. 25. The angel of the Lord appeared unto king of Egypt (Pharaoh), that the people (of him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of Israel) fled, &c. Ex. xiv. 5, &c. He dis- David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy appointeth the devices of the crafty, so that wife: for that which is conceived in her is of their hands cannot perform their enterprise ; the Holy Ghost. Mat. i. 20. And (the wise he taketh the wise in their own craftiness: men) being warned of God in a dream, that and the counsel of the froward is carried head- they should not return to Herod, they departed long. Job v. 12, 13.

into their own country another way. Mat. ii. 23 His brethren with him.] See chap. xiii. 12. When “he” (“ Pilate") was set down on 8. I being in the way (said Abraham's ser- the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, vant), the Lord led me to the house of my saying, Have thou nothing to do with that master's brethren. Ge. xxiv. 27. It came to just man: for I have suffered many things this pass in those days, when Moses was grown, day in a dream because of him. Mat. xxvii. that he went out unto his “ brethren” (the 19. Israelites”), and looked on their burdens ; Take heed, &c.] See verse 42. chap. xxiv. and when he went out the second day, behold, 50. and com. If Balak would give me his two men of the Hebrews strove together: and house full of silver and gold, I cannot go he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore beyond the commandment of the Lord to do smitest thou thy fellow? E.x. ii. 11. 13. either good or bad of mine own mind; but

25 not to Jacob either good or bad. Then Laban overtook Jacob.

Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with 26 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 27 sword? Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away

from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away 28 with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? And

hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters ? thou hast


what the Lord saith, that will I speak. Nu. and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered xxiv. 13. And Absalom spake not unto his with silver dross. Whose hatred is covered brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced before the whole congregation. Pr. xxvi. his sister Tamar. 2 Sa. xiii. 22. He suffered 23. 26. no man to do them (Israel) wrong: yea, he With mirth.] And “they" (" Laban and reproved kings for their sakes, saying, Touch Bethuel") sent away Rebekah their sister; not mine anointed, and do my prophets no and they blessed her. Ge. xxiv. 59, 60. harm. Ps. cv. 14, 15. Because thy rage They (the wicked) send forth their little ones against me, and thy tumult, is come up into like a flock; and their children dance. Theremine ears, therefore will I put my hook in fore they say unto God, Depart from us, for “thy” (“ Sennacherib's") nose, and my bridle we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the Job xxi. 11. 14. way by which thou camest. Is. xxxvii. 29. Tabret, &c.] And Miriam the prophetess, 25 Pitched his tent.] See chap. xii. 8, and the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her

And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of hand (joining in Moses' song of deliverance); Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and all the women went out after her with when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched timbrels and with dances. Ex. xv. 20. his tent before the city. Ge. xxxiii. 18. By 28 Kiss my sons, &c.] And early in the faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons promise, &c. He. xi. 9.

and his daughters, and blessed them; and 26 What hast thou done?] And Jacob Laban departed, and returned unto his place. was wroth, and chode with Laban : and Jacob Ge. xxxi. 55. And it came to pass, when answered and said to Laban, What is my Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's trespass ? what is my sin, that thou hast son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced so hotly pursued after me? Ge. xxxi, 36. him, and kissed him, and brought him to his See chap. iii. 13. and iv. 10, and com. ; also xii. house. Ge, xxix. 13. And the Lord said to 18. and xx. 9, 10, and com. And David said Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses (to his brethren), What have I now done? And he went, and met him in the Mount of Is there not a cause ? 1 Sa. xvii. 29.

God, and kissed him. Ex. iv. 27. Then she Carried away my daughters.] See ver. 16. (Naomi) kissed "them" (" her daughters-inGe. ii. 24, and com. And all their wealth, and law"); and they lifted up their voice, and wept. all their little ones, and “their” (the Shechem. And they lifted up their voice, and wept again. ites'") wives, took “they" ("the sons of Jacob") And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but captive, and spoiled even all that was in the Ruth clave unto her. Ru. i. 9. 14. And he house. Ge. xxxiv. 29. And (the Amalekites) (Elisha) left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, had taken the women captives (at Ziklag) that and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father were therein ; they slew not any, either great and my mother, and then I will follow thee or small, but carried them away, and went on 1 Ki. xix. 20. And “they all" ("* the elders their way. 1 Sa. xxx. 2.

of Ephesus) wept sore, and fell on Paul's 27 Didst thou flee away?] See ver. 3. 5. neck, and kissed him, sorrowing most of all 20, 21. And Jacob answered and said to for the words which he spake, that they should Laban, Because I was afraid : for I said, Per. see his face no more. Ac, xx. 37. adventure thou wouldest take by force thy Foolishly in so doing.) See verse 3. 13. 24. daughters from me. Ge. xxxi. 31. Then And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did foolishly; thou hast not kept the command. as the Lord had said unto him (to build an ment of the Lord thy God; for now would altar and offer burnt sacrifice"): and so it the Lord have established thy kingdom upon was, because he feared his father's houshold, Israel for ever. 1 Sa. xiii. 13. For the eyes and the men of the city, that he could not do of the Lord run to and fro, throughout the it by day, that he did it by night. Ju. vi. 27. whole earth, to shew himself strong in the

That I might have sent thee.] . Burning lips behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward now done foolishly in so doing. It is in the power of my hand to 29 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. And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because 30 thou sore longedst after thy father's house; yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods? And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Be- 31 cause I was afraid : for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take

him. Herein “thou" (said Hanani to Asa) even to fight against God. Ac. v. 38, 39. hast done foolishly (in applying to the Syrians And he (Saul) said, Who art thou, Lord ? for aid); therefore from henceforth thou shalt And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou have wars. 2 Ch. xvi. 9. But the natural persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of the pricks. Ac. ix. 5. God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither 30 My gods.] See verse 19. I will pass can he know

them, because they are spiritually through the land of Egypt this night, and will discerned. 1 Co. ii. 14.

smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, 29 The power of my hand. Why boastest both man and beast, and against all the gods thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the goodness of God endureth continually. Ps. lii. l. Lord. Ex. xii. 12. The Egyptians buried Then saith Pilate unto him (Jesus), Speakest all their firstborn, which the Lord had smitten thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I among them: upon their gods also the Lord. have power to crucify thee, and have power to executed judgments. Nu. xxxiii. 4. And release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest Joash (the father of Gideon) said unto all that have no power at all against me, except it stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? were given thee from above. John xix. 10, 11. will ye save him ? he that will plead for

The God of your father.] See verse 42. 53. him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet and chap. xxviii. 13, and com. And Joshua morning: if he be a god, let him plead for said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord himself, because one hath cast down his altar. God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other Ju. vi. 31. And “he” (“ Micah”) said, Ye side of the flood in old time; and I took your have taken away my gods which I made, and father Abraham from the other side of the the priest, and ye are gone away: and what flood, and led him throughout all the land of have I more ? Ju. xviii. 24. When the Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Philistines took the ark, they brought it into Isaac. Jos. xxiv. 2, 3. Thus shall "ye" (" the the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. messengers from Sennacherib) speak to Heze- But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon kiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand the coasts thereof. 1 Sa. v. 2. 6. And there of the king of Assyria. 2 Ki. xix. 10. The " they" (the Philistineswhom David smote) king (Nebuchadnezzar) answered unto Daniel, left their images ; and David and his men burnt and said, Of a truth it is that your God is a them. 2 Sa. v. 21. And (the kings of AssyGod of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a re- ria) have cast “their” (the nations' ") gods realer of secrets. Da. ii. 47. Then Nebu- into the fire; for they were no gods, but the chadnezzar spake and said, Blessed be the work of men's hands, wood and stone ; thereGod of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fore they have destroyed them. Isa. xxxvii. who hath sent his angel, and delivered his 19. Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their servants that trusted in him. Da. iii. 28. idols were upon the beasts, and upon the My God hath sent his angel (said Daniel), and cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden ; hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have they are a burden to the weary beast. They not hurt me. Da. vi. 22. I make a decree stoop, they bow down together ; they could (said the king), That in every dominion men not deliver the burden, but themselves are tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for gone into captivity. Is. xlvi. 1, 2. The gods he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, that have not made the heavens and the earth, and his kingdom that which shall not be de- even they shall perish from the earth, and from stroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto under these heavens. Je. x. 11. And I will the end. Da. vi. 26.

kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt: Yesternight.] See verse 24.

and he (Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon) Take thou heed, &c.] And now I say unto shall burn them, and carry them away capyou (said Gamaliel), Refrain from “ these tives, Je. xliii. 12. men" (the apostles"), and let them alone : 31 Because I was afraid.] See verse 26, 27. for if this counsel or this work be of men, it And Abraham said (to Abimelech), Because I will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye thought surely the fear of God is not in this cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found place, and they will slay me for my wife's

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