Bible: Genesis 31:3-16

31:3 The Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers 1  and to your relatives. I will be with you.” 2  31:4 So Jacob sent a message for Rachel and Leah 3  to come to the field 4  where his flocks were. 5  31:5 There he said to them, “I can tell that your father’s attitude toward me has changed, 6  but the God of my father has been with me. 31:6 You know that I’ve worked for your father as hard as I could, 7  31:7 but your father has humiliated 8  me and changed my wages ten times. But God has not permitted him to do me any harm. 31:8 If he said, 9 The speckled animals 10  will be your wage,’ then the entire flock gave birth to speckled offspring. But if he said, ‘The streaked animals will be your wage,’ then the entire flock gave birth to streaked offspring. 31:9 In this way God has snatched away your father’s livestock and given them to me.

31:10Once 11  during breeding season I saw 12  in a dream that the male goats mating with 13  the flock were streaked, speckled, and spotted. 31:11 In the dream the angel of God said to me, ‘Jacob!’ ‘Here I am!’ I replied. 31:12 Then he said, ‘Observe 14  that all the male goats mating with 15  the flock are streaked, speckled, or spotted, for I have observed all that Laban has done to you. 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, 16  where you anointed 17  the sacred stone and made a vow to me. 18  Now leave this land immediately 19  and return to your native land.’

31:14 Then Rachel and Leah replied to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance 20  in our father’s house? 31:15 Hasn’t he treated us like foreigners? He not only sold us, but completely wasted 21  the money paid for us! 22  31:16 Surely all the wealth that God snatched away from our father belongs to us and to our children. So now do everything God has told you.”

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