Agreement Between Jacob And Laban

Jacob was now angry and said to Laban, “What is my crime? How did I harm you so that you would chase me away? You searched my whole house. Have you found something that belongs to you? If so, show it to everyone so they can judge between us. I have been with you for 20 years. For 14 years I worked for his two daughters and for six years for your herd – and you changed my salary ten times. If God hadn`t protected me, you would surely have sent me back empty-handed. But God protected me and last night He rebuked you. 48 Laban said: This group is today a witness between you and me. (EH) That`s why we called him Galeed. 49 He was also called Mitspah, because he said: Let the Lord watch between you and me, when we are distant from each other. It is remarkable that we have a historical record of when this alliance was concluded. The treaty marks the beginning of a major historical rift, the rupture between East and Israel and the creation of the geographical border between an Israelite and a Syrian on Mount Galaad (now the border between Israel and Jordan) – and it all began with anger, retaliation and mistrust. 1) A clean beast that was cut up and divided into heaps between which Jacob and Laban would go to signify their consent. 31:51 This is this pile of stones and this column that I have placed between me and you, said Laban to Jacob.

31:52 “This pile of stones and the column remind us that I will not go beyond this pile to harm you, and that you will not come out of this pile and column to harm me. 31:53 Let the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the gods of their Father, judge among us. Jacob took an oath by the God his father Isaac feared. 31:54 Jacob sacrificed on the mountain, and invited his parents to eat the food. They ate the food and spent the night on the mountain. Laban promised Jacob his youngest daughter Rachel in exchange for seven years of service, just to get him to marry his eldest daughter Leah. Jacob then served seven more years in exchange for the right to also marry his election Rachel (Genesis 29). . . .