25Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when
Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there
26Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war.
27Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t
you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to
the music of timbrels and harps?
28You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my
daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing.
29I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob,
either good or bad.’
30Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods?”
31Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you
would take your daughters away from me by force.
32But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so,
take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.
33So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and
into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing.
34Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them
inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban
searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.
35Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.” So he searched but could not find the household gods.
36Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. “What is my crime?” he asked Laban. “How have I wronged you that you hunt me down?
37Now that you have searched through all my goods, what
have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in
front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.
38“I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep
and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from
39I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for
whatever was stolen by day or night.
40This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
41It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household.
I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six
years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.
42If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me
away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the
toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”
God remembers you, and he has your blessings prepared for
you. No matter how unfairly you have been treated,
trust God, what was meant for your harm,
God will turn around and let it be
for your good.