31:1 And he heard the a words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that [was] our father's; and of [that] which [was] our father's hath he gotten all this glory.
(a) The children put in words what the father
disguised in his heart for the covetous think that whatever they cannot take,
is taken from them.
And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it [is] not toward
me as before; but the b God of my father
hath been with me.
(b) The God whom my fathers worshipped.
Thus c God hath taken away the cattle of
your father, and given [them] to me.
(c) This declares that the thing Jacob did
before, was by God's commandment, and not through deceit.
d I [am] the God of Bethel, where thou
anointedst the pillar, [and] where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get
thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
(d) This angel was Christ who appeared to Jacob
in Bethel: and by this it appears that he had taught his wives the fear of
God: for he talks as though they knew this thing.
31:15 Are we not counted of
him strangers? for he hath e sold us,
and hath quite devoured also our money.
(e) For they were given to Jacob as payment for
his service, which was a kind of sale.
And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the f
images that [were] her father's.
(f) For so the word here signifies, because Laban
calls them gods, (Genesis
It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the g
God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou
speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
(g) He was an idolater and therefore would not
acknowledge the God of Jacob for his God.
Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the h
fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God
hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked [thee]
(h) That is, the God whom Isaac feared and
31:44 Now therefore i
come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness
between me and thee.
(i) His conscience reproved him for his
misbehaviour toward Jacob, and therefore moved him to seek peace.
And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it k
(k) The one named the place in the Syrian tongue,
and the other in the Hebrew tongue.
31:49 And Mizpah; for he
said, The LORD l watch between me and
thee, when we are absent one from another.
(l) To punish the trespasser.
31:50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if
thou shalt take [other] m wives beside
my daughters, no man [is] with us; see, God [is] witness betwixt me and thee.
(m) Nature compels him to condemn that vice, to
which through covetousness he forced Jacob.
The God of Abraham, and the God of n
Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the o
fear of his father Isaac.
(n) Behold, how the idolaters mingle the true God
with their false gods.
(o) Meaning, by the true God whom Isaac
31:55 And early in the
morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and p
blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
(p) We see that there is always some seed of the
knowledge of God in the hearts of the wicked.