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30 was with me. For it was little which thou hadst before I came,

and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath

blessed thee since my coming : and now when shall I provide for 31 mine own house also? And he said, What shall I give thee? And

Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this 32 thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock: I will pass

through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and

the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be 33 my hire. So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to

come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown

unto Christ: not with eyeservice, as men- of Israel, let seven men of his sons be delipleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing vered unto us, and we will hang them up into the will of God from the heart; with good will the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom the Lord doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: did choose. 2 Sa. xxi. 4, 5, 6. It is better knowing that whatsoever good thing any man to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, man. Ps. cxviii. 8. Let your conversation whether he be bond or free. Ep. vi. 5, 6, be without covetousness, and be content with 7, 8. Servants, obey in all things your masters such things as ye have ; for he hath said, I according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, will never leave thee nor forsake thee, He. as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, xiii. 5. fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it 32 Of such shall be my hire.) And he (Laban) heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; removed that day the he-goats that were ring. knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the straked and spotted, and every one that had reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the some white in it, and all the brown among the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall sheep, and gave them into the hands of his receive for the wrong which he hath done: sons. Ge. xxx. 35. If "he" ("Labas") and there is no respect of persons. Col. iii. said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; 22, 23, 24, 25. Exhort servants to be obedient then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he to their own masters, and to please them well said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire ; in all things; not answering again; not pur- then bare all the cattle ringstraked. And it loining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they came to pass at the time the cattle conceived, may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in that I (Jacob) lifted up mine eyes, and saw in all things. Tit. ii. 9, 10. For so is the will a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped of God, that with well doing ye may put to upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, silence the ignorance of foolish men. Servants, and grisled. Ge. xxxi. 8. 10. be subject to your masters with all fear; not 33 My righteousness.) Whereas thou hast only to the good and gentle, but also to the searched all my stuff, what hast thou (Labur) froward. 1 Pe. ii. 15. 18.

found of all thy houshold stuff (said Jacob)? 30 Increased.] And the man (Laban) in set it here before my brethren and thy creased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and brethren, that they may judge betwixt u maidservants, and menservants, and camels, both. Ge. xxxi 37. The Lord render to and asses. Ge. xxx. 43.

every man his righteousness and his faithful When shall I provide.] Behold, the third ness: for the Lord delivered thee into my time I am ready to come to you ; and I will band to-day (said David to Saul), but I would not be burdensome to you: for I seek not not stretch forth my hand against the Lord's your's, but you: for the children ought not to anointed. 1 Sa. xxvi. 23. The Lord tolay up for the parents, but the parents for the warded "me" (" David”): according to the children. 2 Co. xii. 14. But if any provide cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed not for his own, and specially for those of his me. 2 Sa. xxii. 21. And he shall bring own house, he hath denied the faith, and is forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy worse than an infidel. 1 Ti. v. 8.

judgment as the noon-day. Ps. Xxxvii. 6. 31 Thou shalt not give me, &c. And the Answer for me. Our trangressions are Gibeonites said unto him (David), We will multiplied before thee, and our sins test have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his against us; for our transgressions are with house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man us; and as for our iniquities, we know the in Israel. The man that consumed us, and Is. lix. 12. that devised against us that we should be in time to come. And it shall be, Woch destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying,

among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me. And 34 Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word. And he removed that day the he-goats that were ringstraked and 35 spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. And he set three 36 days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob; and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks. And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and 37 of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. And he set 38 the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived be- 39 fore the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs and set the faces of 40 the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle. And it came to pass, whensoever the 41 stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in : 42 50 the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. And the 43 man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

What is “this ?" (the memorial of their dream), and see, all the rams which leap upon deliverance from Egypt"), that thou shalt say the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and unto him, By strength of hand the Lord grisled : for I have seen all that Laban doeth brought us out of Egypt, from the house of unto thee. Thy ewes and thy she goats bondage. Ex. xiii. 14.

(said Jacob to Laban) have not cast their 34 I would it might be, &c.] And Balaam young, and the rams of thy flock bave I not said unto the ass (which had fallen down when eaten. Thus I was ; in the day the drought he saw the angel of the Lord), Because thou consumed me, and the frost by night; and my hast mocked me (I have smitten thee), I would sleep departed from mine eyes. Except the there were a sword in my hand, for now God of my father, the God of Abraham, and Would I kill thee. Nu. xxii. 29. For I the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely would that all men were even as myself thou hadst sent me away now empty. God (Paul). 1 Co. vii. 7. I would that ye all hath seen my affliction, and the labour of spake with tongues, but rather that ye pro- my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight. phesied, &c. 1 Co. xiv. 5. I would that Ge. xxxi. 9. 12. 38. 40. 42. And the children even they were cut off which trouble you. of Israel did according to the word of Moses : Ga. v. 12.

and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of 35 The hand of his sons.] Thus God hath silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and taken away the cattle of your father, and given the Lord gave the people favour in the sight them to me. Ge. xxxi. 9.

of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them 37 See preced. com.

such things as they required. And they spoiled Chesnut.] The cedars in the garden of the Egyptians. Ex. xii. 35, 36. God could not hide “him” (the Assyrian 43 Increased.] See verse 30. and com. ; for his greatness"): the fir trees were not like xiii. 2; xxviii. 15. And your father hath bis boughs, and the chesnut trees were not deceived me, and changed my wages ten like his branches; nor any tree in the garden times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. of God was like unto him in his beauty. If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy Ez. xxxi. 8.

wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and 39 Brought forth, &c.] Thus God (said if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy Jacob to his wives) hath taken away the cattle hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. of your father, and given them to me. Lift up Except the God of my father, the God of now thine eyes (said the angel to Jacob in a Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with

CHAPTER XXXI.

1 AND he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath

taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our (2 father's hath he gotten all this glory. And Jacob beheld the

countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as be

me, surely thou hadst sent me away now her daughter. Ez. xvi. 44. For we ourselves empty. Ge. xxxi. 7, 8. 42. I am not worthy also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deof the least of all the mercies, and of all the ceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy ser- living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating vant; for with my staff I passed over this one another. Tit. iii. 3. Jordan; and now I am become two bands. All this glory.] And ye shall tell my father Ge. xxxii. 10. Take, I pray thee (said Jacob) (Jacob) of all my glory in Egypt, and of all my blessing that is brought to “ thee” that ye (Joseph's brethren) have seen ; and ye (“ Esau"), because God hath dealt graciously shall haste and bring down my (Joseph's) with me, and because I have enough. Ge. father hither. Ge. xlv. 13. And Haman told xxxiii. 11. For “their” riches (" of Jacob them (his friends whom he had called) of the and Esau") were more than that they might glory of his riches, &c. Es. v. 11. If I have dwell together; and the land wherein they made gold my hope, or have said to the fine were strangers could not bear them because gold, Thou art my confidence: if I have reof their cattle. Ge. xxxvi. 7. I got me ser- joiced because my wealth was great, and bevants and maidens, and had servants born in cause my hand had gotten much: this also my house ; also I had great possessions of were an iniquity to be punished by the Judge. great and small cattle above all that were in Job xxx. 24, 25. 28. Deliver my soul from Jerusalem before me. Ec. ii. 7. So that men which are thy hand, O Lord, from mea they (Israel) shall take no wood out of the of the world, which have their portion in this field, neither cut down any out of the forests; life, and whose belly thou fillest with the for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and hid treasure. Ps. xvii. 14. Be not thou they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and afraid when one is made rich, when the glory rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord of his house is increased; for when he dieth God. Ez. xxxix. 10.

he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall

not descend after him. Ps. xlix. 16, 17. Se Chap. XXXI.- Jacob hath taken away.] Ec. iv. 4. preced.com. Therefore (because God's See Ge. xxxi. 8. preced. com. Thus God hath people regard not the work of the Lord) hell hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given enlarged herself, and opened her mouth with them to me. Ge. xxxi. 9. If the men of my out measure: and their glory, and their multtabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his tude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall flesh! we cannot be satisfied (this also were descend into it. Ts. v. 14. Thus saith the an iniquity). Job xxxi. 31. My soul is among Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wislions : and I lie even among them that are set dom, neither let the mighty man glory in his on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches. spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp Je. ix. 23. Again the devil taketh bim sword. Ps. lvii. 4. Who whet their tongue (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the their arrows, even bitter words : that they may world, and the glory of them. Mat. iv. & shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do He (the teacher of false doctrine) is proud, they shoot at him, and fear not. Ps. Ixiv. 3, 4. knowing nothing, but doting about questions, What shall be given unto thee? or what shall and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, be done unto thee, thou false tongue? Woe is strife, railings, and surmisings. 1 Ti. Ti. 4 me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory a tents of Kedar! Ps. cxx. 3. 5. A sound heart is man as the flower of grass. The grass witherthe life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of eth, and the flower thereof falleth away: bed the bones. Pr. xiv. 30. Wrath is cruel, and the word of the Lord endureth for ever." anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand Pe. i. 24, 25. before envy? Pr. xxvii. 4. Again, I consi- 2 The countenance of Laban, &c.) Bal dered all travail, and every right work : and unto Cain and to his offering "he" (* Guer! for this a man is envied of his neighbour. had no respect: and Cain was very wrotike Ec. iv. 4. Behold, every one that useth pro- and his countenance fell. Ge. iv. 5. So that verbs shall use this proverb against thee " the man that is tender among you (during the (" Jerusalem"), saying, As is the mother, so is siege of Jerusalem), and very delicate ; "

fore. And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy 3 fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. And Jacob 4 sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, And 5 said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before ; but the God of my father hath been with me. And ye know that with all my power I have served your 6 father. And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages 7

eye shall be evil toward his brother, &c. De. With thee.] Abimelech and Phichol the xxviii. 54. And Saul eyed David from that chief captain of his host, spake unto Abraham, day forward (when the people said, Saul hath saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest. slain his thousands, and David his ten thou- Ge. xxi. 22. I am with thee (said the Lord to sands). And Saul cast the javelin ; for he Abraham). Ge. xxvi. 24. See Ge. xxviii. said, I will smite David even to the wall with 15. I will deal well with “ thee" (said the it. And David avoided out of his presence Lord to Jacob"). Ge. xxxii. 9. Fear thou twice. 1 Sa. xviii. 9. 11. Then was Nebu- not, for I am with thee (saith God to his chadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his Church): be not dismayed, for I am thy God. visage was changed against Shadrach, Me- Is. xli, 10. I will never leave thee nor forsake shach, and Abed-nego. Da. iii. 19.

thee. He. xiii. 5. It was not toward him.] See chap. xxx. 27. 5 The God of my father.] See verse 3. 13. As before.) And Moses said unto the Lord, 42. 53. And Jacob said, o God of my father O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither here- Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the tofore nor since thou hast spoken unto thy Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy servant; but I am slow of speech, and of a country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal slow tongue. Ex. iv. 10. And this is the well with thee. Ge. xxxii. 9. And “he" case of the slayer who shall flee thither (to the (“Jacob") blessed Joseph, and said, God, rity of refuge), that he may live who killeth before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac his neighbour ignorantly whom he hated not did walk, and the Angel which redeemed me, in the time past. De. xix. 4. And Jonathan from all evil, bless " the lads," (Joseph's sons, brought David to Saul, and he was in his pre- Ephraim and Manasseh"). Ge. xlviii. 15, 16. tence as in times past. 1 Sa. xix. 7.

And now “we” (“ Joseph's brethren") pray 3 Return, &c.] See chap. xxviii. 15. and com. thee forgive the trespass of the servants of the And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will God of thy fathers. And Joseph wept when be with me, and will keep me in this way that they spake unto him. Ge. I. 17. I go, and will give me bread to eat, and 6 With all my power.] This twenty years raiment to put on, so that I come again to my have I been with thee" (" Laban"); thy father's house in peace; then shall the Lord ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their be my God. Ge. xxviii. 20, 21, &c. Return young; and the rams of thy flock have I not unto thy country said God to Jacob) and to eaten. Except the God of my father, the God thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee. of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been Ge. xxxii. 9. Arise, go up to Beth-el, and with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now dwell there. Ge. xxxv. 1. And God spake empty. God hath seen mine affliction and unto Israel in the visions of the night, and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee said, Fear not to go down into Egypt, for I yesternight. Ge. xxxi. 38. 42. See chap. will there make of thee a great nation. Ge. xxx. 29. and com. xlvi. 2, 3. God will surely visit you (said 7 Ten times.] Thou hast changed my Joseph to his brethren), and bring you out of wages ten times. Ge. xxxi. 41. And when I this land, unto the land which he sware to have broken the staff of your bread, ten Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Ge. I. 24. women shall bake your bread in one oven. God is our refuge and strength ; a very pre- Le. xxvi. 26. Because all those men which sent help in trouble. Ps. xl. i. And call have seen my glory, and my miracles (said the upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver Lord) which I did in Egypt, and in the wilthee, and thou shalt glorify me. Ps. I. 15. derness, have tempted me now these ten Make us glad according to the days wherein times, and have not hearkened to my voice. thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein Nu. xiv. 22. And it came to pass, when the we have seen evil. Ps. xc. 15.

Jews which dwelt by " them" (our " adverLand of thy fathers.] Get thee out of this saries) came, they said unto us ten times, land (said God to Jacob), and return unto the From all places whence ye shall return unto us land of thy kindred. And he carried away they will be upon you. Ne. iv. 12. These ten all his cattle, and all his goods, for to go to times have ye reproached me. Job xix. 3. Isaac his father in the land of Canaan. Ge. And in that day seven women shall take hold xxxi. 13. 18; xiii. 15; xxvi. 3. 5; xxviii. of one man. 18. iv. I. In those days it shall 4. 13. 15; Xxx. 25. with their com.

come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out

8 ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. If he said thus,

The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled : and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare 9 all the cattle ringstraked. Thus God hath taken away the cattle 10 of your father, and given them to me. And it came to pass at the

time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw

in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle 11 were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled. And the angel of God

spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob : And I said, Here am I.

of all languages, of the nations, even shall not to Jacob either good or bad. Ge. xxxi. take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, 24. And God said unto him (Abimelech) in a saying, We will go with you : for we have dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the heard that God is with you. Ze. viii. 23. integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee

God suffered him not.] It is in the power from sinning against me : therefore suffered I of my hand (said Laban) to do you hurt : but thee not to touch her (Sarah). Ge. II. 6. the God of your father spake unto me yester. And he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold a ladder night, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak set up on the earth, and the top of it reached not to Jacob either good or bad. Ge. xxxi. to heaven : and behold the angels of God as29. See chap. xx. 6. Hast thou not made cending and descending on it. Ge. Ixviii. an hedge about “him " (" Job"), and about 12. And he said, Hear now my words: his house (said Satan to God), and about all there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will that he hath on every side? Thou hast make myself known unto him in a vision, and blessed the work of his hands, and his sub- will speak unto him in a dream. Nu. xii. 6. stance is increased in the land. Job i. 10. If there arise among you a prophet, or 3 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or out. He is excellent in power, and in judg- a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to ment, and in plenty of justice : he will not pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, afflict. Job xxxvii. 23. He suffered no man Let us go after other gods; thou shalt not to do them “ Israel" wrong; yea, he re- hearken unto the words of that prophet. De proved kings for their sakes, saying, Touch xiii. 1, 2, 3. In Gibeon the Lord appeared not mine anointed, and do my prophets no to Solomon in a dream by night. 1 Ki. ii. &. harm. Ps. cv. 14, 15. No weapon that is 11 Angel of God.] See verses 5. 13. Ge. formed against thee shall prosper; and every xvi. 7. 13; xviii. 1. 17. And he (Jacob) tongue that shall rise against thee in judg- blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom ment thou shalt condemn. This is the heri- my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the tage of the servants of the Lord, and their Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Is. the "lads” (Ephraim and Manasseh"). 6. liv. 17.

xlviii. 15, 16. 8 See chap. xxx. 32. and com.

Here am 1.) See chap. xxii. I. And when 9 God hath taken away, &c.) And he the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, Ged (Jacob) heard the words of Laban's sons, say- called unto him out of the midst of the bust, ing, Jacob hath taken away all that was our and said, Moses, Moses; and he said, Here on father's : for all the riches which God hath I. Ex. iii. 4. And ere the lamp of God went taken from our father, that is our's and our out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark children's. Ge. xxxi. 1. 16. On that day did of God was, and Samuel was laid down to the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman, sleep; the Lord called Samuel: and he art the Jews' enemy, unto Esther the queen. And swered, Here am I. And the Lord called yet the king took off his ring which he had taken again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai ; and Eli (the priest), and said, Here am l; and he Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. answered and said, I called not (my son), be Es. viii. 1. For every beast of the forest is down again. And the Lord called Samuel mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. again the third time. And he arose and went Ps. 1. 10. A good man leaveth an inheritance to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou dide to his children's children; and the wealth of call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had the sinner is laid up for the just. Pr. xiii. called the child. Then Eli called Samuel, asi 22. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am I. 1 Sam. jii. 3, 4. 6. 8. 16. Then shall am good ? Mat. xx. 15.

thou call, and the Lord shall answer; tholl 10 A dream, &c.] And God came to shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. Laban, the Syrian, in a dream by night, and lviii. 9. said unto him, Take heed that thou speak

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