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Genesis 31 – Jacob’s Departure Journey


    Genesis chapter 31 narrates Jacob’s departure from Laban’s household, highlighting the events that lead to their separation and the faithfulness of God.

    Jacob’s Prosperity and Laban’s Envy

    Genesis 31:1 “Now Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, ‘Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has acquired all this wealth.'”

    Laban’s sons accuse Jacob of acquiring their father’s wealth, leading to envy and animosity.

    God’s Instruction to Jacob

    Genesis 31:3 “Then the Lord said to Jacob, ‘Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.'”

    God directs Jacob to return to the land of his fathers and promises to be with him.

    Jacob’s Explanation to Leah and Rachel

    Genesis 31:5-7 “And said to them, ‘I see your father’s countenance, that it is not favorable toward me as before… But your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times…'”

    Jacob explains to Leah and Rachel that Laban’s attitude has turned against him and recounts Laban’s deceitful behavior.

    Jacob’s Departure with God’s Blessing

    Genesis 31:11-13 “‘Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, ‘Jacob.’ And I said, ‘Here I am.’… ‘I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me.'”

    God assures Jacob of His presence and reminds him of the vow made at Bethel, encouraging him to return to his homeland.

    Rachel and Leah’s Support for Jacob

    Genesis 31:16-17 “For all the wealth which God has taken from our father is ours and our children’s… Whatever God has said to you, do it.'”

    Rachel and Leah affirm their loyalty to Jacob, acknowledging the wealth rightfully belongs to them.

    God’s Protection and Faithfulness

    Genesis 31:42 “Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”

    Jacob acknowledges that God’s presence and intervention have safeguarded him from harm.


    Genesis chapter 31 showcases Jacob’s departure from Laban’s household, guided by God’s instructions and protected by His faithfulness. Reading the New King James Version allows us to immerse ourselves in this biblical account, gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of obedience to God’s leading and the assurance of His presence in our lives.

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