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29 It is in my power[a] to do harm to you, but the God of your father spoke to me last night saying, ‘Take care[b] from speaking with Jacob, whether good or evil.’ 30 Now, you have surely gone because you desperately longed for the house of your father, but why did you steal my gods?” 31 Then Jacob answered and said to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought, ‘Lest you take your daughters from me by force.’

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 31:29 Literally “there is power in my hand”
  2. Genesis 31:29 Literally “watch to yourself”

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