Bible: Genesis 31:43-55

31:43 Laban replied 1  to Jacob, “These women 2  are my daughters, these children are my grandchildren, 3  and these flocks are my flocks. All that you see belongs to me. But how can I harm these daughters of mine today 4  or the children to whom they have given birth? 31:44 So now, come, let’s make a formal agreement, 5  you and I, and it will be 6  proof that we have made peace.” 7 

31:45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a memorial pillar. 31:46 Then he 8  said to his relatives, “Gather stones.” So they brought stones and put them in a pile. 9  They ate there by the pile of stones. 31:47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, 10  but Jacob called it Galeed. 11 

31:48 Laban said, “This pile of stones is a witness of our agreement 12  today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 31:49 It was also called Mizpah 13  because he said, “May the Lord watch 14  between us 15  when we are out of sight of one another. 16  31:50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one else is with us, realize 17  that God is witness to your actions.” 18 

31:51Here is this pile of stones and this pillar I have set up between me and you,” Laban said to Jacob. 19  31:52 This pile of stones and the pillar are reminders that I will not pass beyond this pile to come to harm you and that you will not pass beyond this pile and this pillar to come to harm me. 20  31:53 May the God of Abraham and the god of Nahor, 21  the gods of their father, judge between us.” Jacob took an oath by the God whom his father Isaac feared. 22  31:54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice 23  on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat the meal. 24  They ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain.

31:55 25  Early in the morning Laban kissed 26  his grandchildren 27  and his daughters goodbye and blessed them. Then Laban left and returned home. 28 

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