P T 9
1Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.”
2And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not
what it had been.
3Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”
4So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.
5He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me
is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.
6You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength,
7yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten
times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.
8If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all
the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The
streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young.
9So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given
them to me.
10“In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked
up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were
streaked, speckled or spotted.
11The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’
12And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating
with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen
all that Laban has been doing to you.
13I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me.
Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’ ”
Jacob obeyed God and it was counted to him for