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Genesis 31:20

    Genesis 31:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Jacob went away secretly, without giving news of his flight to Laban the Aramaean.

    Webster's Revision

    And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

    World English Bible

    Jacob deceived Laban the Syrian, in that he didn't tell him that he was running away.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 31:20

    Laban hears of his flight, pursues, and overtakes him. "Stole the heart," κλέπτειν νοῦν kleptein noun. The heart is the seat of the understanding in Scripture. To steal the heart of anyone is to act without his knowledge. The river. The Frat, near which, we may conclude, Jacob was tending his flocks. Haran was about seventy miles from the river, and therefore, Laban's flocks were on the other side of Haran. "Toward mount Gilead;" about three hundred miles from the Frat. "On the third day." This shows that Laban's flocks kept by his sons were still three days' journey apart from Jacob's. His brethren - his kindred and dependents. "Seven days' journey." On the third day after the arrival of the messenger, Laban might return to the spot whence Jacob had taken his flight. In this case, Jacob would have at least five days of a start; which, added to the seven days of pursuit, would give him twelve days to travel three hundred English miles. To those accustomed to the pastoral life this was a possible achievement. God appears to Laban on behalf of Jacob, and warns him not to harm him. "Not to speak from good to bad" is merely to abstain from language expressing and prefacing violence.