Bible Text: Genesis 31 | Preacher: Pastor Stewart White | Series: Genesis |
[Gen 31:26 NKJV]
And Laban said to Jacob: "What have you done, that you have stolen away unknown to me, and carried away my daughters like captives [taken] with the sword?
[Gen 31:27 NKJV]
"Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and not tell me; for I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp?
[Gen 31:28 NKJV]
"And you did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters. Now you have done foolishly in [so] doing.
[Gen 31:29 NKJV]
"It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.'
[Gen 31:30 NKJV]
"And now you have surely gone because you greatly long for your father's house, [but] why did you steal my gods?"
[Gen 31:31 NKJV]
Then Jacob answered and said to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I said, 'Perhaps you would take your daughters from me by force.'
[Gen 31:32 NKJV]
"With whomever you find your gods, do not let him live. In the presence of our brethren, identify what I have of yours and take [it] with you." For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
[Gen 31:33 NKJV]
And Laban went into Jacob's tent, into Leah's tent, and into the two maids' tents, but he did not find [them]. Then he went out of Leah's tent and entered Rachel's tent.
[Gen 31:34 NKJV]
Now Rachel had taken the household idols, put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on them. And Laban searched all about the tent but did not find [them].
[Gen 31:35 NKJV]
And she said to her father, "Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise before you, for the manner of women [is] with me." And he searched but did not find the household idols.