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VAY-YEYTSEY (And Went Out)
Genesis 28:10-32:2 (28:10-32:3 In Hebrew)

There are 89 Aleph-Tavs in this week's Torah portion



Jacob's Ladder Jacob's Ladder

Sheep At A Water Trough


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CHAPTER 28

Genesis 28:10-22

Gen 28:10 And Jacob went out from Be'er Sheba, and went to Haran. 11 And was entreated on a place, and stayed there, for the sun was going; and took from the stones of the place, and put with his head, and laid down in that place. 12 And dreamed, and behold, a ladder was with standing to the earth, and his head reached to the heavens: and behold the Angels of Elohim were ascending and descending upon him. 13 And behold, 
hwhy stood upon him, and said, I am hwhy Elohim of Abraham, your father, and the Elohim of Isaac: The land which you are laying upon her, I will give her to you and to your seed; 14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread to the Sea (West), and to the Rising (East), and to the Hidden (North), and to the Negev (South): and in you and in your seed of all the families of the earth, they shall be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all where you go, and will return you to this ground; for I will not forsake you, until when I have surely done ta which I have spoken to you.

16 And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and said, Surely,
hwhy is in this place; and I, I did not know, 17 and was afraid, and said, How revering is this place! This is nothing for but the House of Elohim, and this is the Gate of the Heavens. 18 And Jacob rose early in the morning, and took ta-the stone which was put with his head, and set her for a pillar, and poured oil upon her head. 19 And called ta-the name of that place Beth El: However, the name of the city was Luz to the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, to say, If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I am going, and will give to me bread to eat, and garment to clothe, 21 and I return to the house of my father in peace; and 
hwhy shall be to me for Elohim: 22 And this stone which I have set for a pillar shall be the House of Elohim: and I will tithe a tenth to you of all which You shall give to me.


This whole chapter, from last week's and this week's Torah portion, started in Be'er Shava, the Well of Oaths/Seven. Jacob left Be'er Shava to go to Laban's place in Padan Aram, but in verse ten, it states that he is going to "Haran".


(NOTE: Not all verses will have comments)


Verse ten

10 And Jacob went out from Be'er Sheba, and went to Haran.

Looking at the word HARAN

Haran is the Hebrew word "Kharan"- Khet, Resh, Nun (
Nrx). It is from Strong's concordance number 2771, and its definition

From H2787; parched; Charan, the name of a man and also of a place: - Haran.

from 2787 "kharar", and its definition

A primitive root; to glow, that is, literally (to melt, burn, dry up) or figuratively (to show or incite passion): - be angry, burn, dry, kindle.

There are possibilities to why Jacob's great-grandfather, Haran, was named:

One- Their home, or area, or city was burning at that time.
Two- His family was living in a "dry" location.
Three- Haran received burns from a kindling fire.
Four- Haran had a natural "angry" look.

Spiritually, in our walk with Yeshua, He will take us out of the Well of Oath/the Well of Seven [i.e. Shabbath] to a kindling, burning, or a "dry" territory.



Verse eleven

11 And was entreated on a place, and stayed there, for the sun was going; and took from the stones of the place, and put with his head, and laid down in that place.

To me, one could see that the sun was setting and Jacob found a place to settle for the night. There has been a debate if this Beth El, miles north of Jerusalem, or if this was another name for Jerusalem. If it was the latter, was this a foreshadow of Yeshua going to die in Jerusalem, and was having his head laid on a stony tomb at the going of the sun before the first day of the Spring High Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as noted in the Gospel of John?

John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the Preparation [the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread], that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Shabbath Day, (for that Shabbath Day was an high day [a High Shabbath, no service work,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.... 38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Yeshua, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the Body of Yeshua: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the Body of Yeshua. 39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Yeshua by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the Body of Yeshua, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42 There laid they Yeshua therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.


Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries made note that when he did a tour to Israel, they stopped at Beth El. They saw the stones there and Monte said that the stones were soft and they were comfortable enough to lay ones head.



Verse twelve

12 And dreamed, and behold, a ladder was with standing to the earth, and his head reached to the heavens: and behold the Angels of Elohim were ascending and descending upon him.

This is a speculation. The head of the ladder reaches to the heavens. Physically, this is what Nimrod and the people tried to build, as noted in the Torah portion of Noakh, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 11:4 And they said, Come, we will build for us a city and a tower, and his head shall be in the heavens; and make for ourselves a name, lest we become scattered upon the face of all the earth. 5 And hwhy came down to see ta-the city and ta-the tower, which the sons of the Adam are building.

What Nimrod tried to do, 
hwhy did it in Jacob's dream in a instant. Builders today are still making skyscrapers, or towers, trying to reach to the heavens. Recently the United States just completed a tower in Manhattan, from what Jonathan Cahn of Beth Israel Worship Center calls, a "tower of defiance". If builders had it their way today, they would do whatever they could to reach a tower to the heavens. In Jacob's dream, the ladders reaching to the heavens show that men have hwhy's knowledge of good and evil regarding a tower.

I have also heard from our Hebraic Roots teachers that the ladder was an equivalence of our DNA ladder.
 
Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries made note that the phrase "upon him" really is "beside him". One more thing, I believe that "the Ladder" the angels were going up and down upon, or beside, "Him" was a type and shadow of "Yeshua".



Verse thirteen


13 And behold, hwhy stood upon him, and said, I am hwhy Elohim of Abraham, your father, and the Elohim of Isaac: The land which you are laying upon her, I will give her to you and to your seed;

Wait a minute! Isaac is Jacob's father. Why did 
hwhy state that "Abraham" was Jacob's father? The apostle Paul states the answer in his letter to the assembly in Rome

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the Torah, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

Looking at another source in this same letter, he says this

Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the Covenants, and the giving of the Torah, and the Service of 
hwhy, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Messiah came, who is over all, hwhy blessed for ever. Amen. 6 Not as though the Word of hwhy hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the Seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the Children of Elohim: but the Children of the Promise are counted for the seed. 

Jacob was the first one by faith to be a son of Abraham as well as being a seed of Abraham of the Torah.

Perhaps it was also what Jacob said in verse twenty two

Genesis 26:22 ...and I will tithe a tenth to you of all which You shall give to me.

There was no mentioning in the scriptures that Isaac made this similar matter of tithing that Abraham did when he tithed everything he had to Melki-Tsedek. Looking at the book of Hebrews, this is what it says regarding the tithing that Abraham did as well as the Levitical priests

Hebrews 7:1 For this Melki-Tsedek, King of Salem, priest of El Elyon, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of Elohim; abideth a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the Office of the Priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the Torah, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melki-Tsedek met him.

Based on this source, that would make Jacob a tithing son to Abraham, the Father of Tithing.


Regarding the ladder, as I noted earlier, "the Ladder" the angels were going up and down upon on and hwhy talking from the top of "Him" was "Yeshua". Indirectly related, Yeshua said this in the Gospel of John

John 14:6 Yeshua saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

In other words, Yeshua is the Connector, or "the symbolic ladder" between the Kingdom of Heaven, where the Heavenly Father is, and between the earth, where we are. We can climb the ladder to have access to the Heavenly Father through Yeshua "the Symbolic Ladder".



Verses fourteen and fifteen

14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread to the Sea (West), and to the Rising (East), and to the Hidden (North), and to the Negev (South): and in you and in your seed of all the families of the earth, they shall be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all where you go, and will return you to this ground; for I will not forsake you, until when I have surely done ta which I have spoken to you.

These are the similar blessings I made note in earlier Torah portions that 
hwhy made to Abraham and Isaac.



Verses sixteen and seventeen

16 And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and said, Surely, hwhy is in this place; and I, I did not know, 17 and was afraid, and said, How revering is this place! This is nothing for but the House of Elohim, and this is the Gate of the Heavens.

A question comes to me: "Why was Jacob fearful at that location"? Because he sees that location as "hallowed ground", the similar location that Moses experienced at Mount Sinai

Exodus 3:1 And Moses was shepherding ta-the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and led ta-the flock behind the wilderness, and came to the mountain of The Elohim, to Horeb. 2 And the messenger of hwhy appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush was burning in the fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and I will see ta-this great sight, why the bush is not burned. 4 And hwhy saw that turned to see, Elohim called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And said, Behold I. 5 And said, Do you not come near hither: slip off your sandals from upon your feet, for the place which you are standing upon him, he is holy ground.



Verses eighteen and nineteen

18 And Jacob rose early in the morning, and took ta-the stone which was put with his head, and set her for a pillar, and poured oil upon her head. 19 And called ta-the name of that place Beth El: however, the name of the city was Luz to the first.

Isn't it revealing that Jacob carried oil in his journey to Haran. He most likely carried flour with him and used the Oil to make bread to eat, and carried water to drink- the basic necessities for food while traveling.

Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted in verse eighteen of "
ta-the stone". This is Yeshua "the Stone", because according to Mark, Yeshua is "The Aleph-Tav". Thank you Mark.

Mark Biltz also related this to a verse in the book of Psalms

Psalms 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.



Looking at the word POURED

The Hebrew word for poured is "yah-tsahk"
- Yod, Tsade, Kuph (quy). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3332, and its definition

A primitive root; properly to pour out (transitively or intransitively); by implication to melt or cast as metal; by extension to place firmly, to stiffen or grow hard: - cast, cleave fast, be (as) firm, grow, be hard, lay out, molten, overflow, pour (out), run out, set down, stedfast.

This is where we get our modern English word "soak". In other words, Jacob "soaked" the stone with oil.


Looking at the word LUZ

The Hebrew word for Luz is "Looz"- Lamed, Vav, Zayin (
zwl). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3870, and its definition

Probably from H3869 (as growing there); Luz, the name of two places in Palestine: - Luz.

from 3869, "looz" (
zwl), and its definition

Probably of foreign origin; some kind of nut tree, perhaps the almond: - hazel.

The place was most likely named because "almond trees" grew there.

Here's another definition of the same Hebrew word:

From Strong's Concordance number 3868 "looz" (
zwl), and its definition

A primitive root; to turn aside (compare H3867, H3874 and H3885), that is, (literally) to depart, (figuratively) be perverse: - depart, froward, perverse (-ness).

Luz means "to turn aside toward perversion". In other words, this place was full of "perversion".

In this map, Beth El (formerly Luz) is located ten miles north of Jerusalem.

Bethel (Luz)

Bethel (Luz) 1

But as questioned earlier, is this the Beth El, or was it Jerusalem? It would take extensive research to prove which one is the real Beth El.



Verses twenty through twenty two

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, to say, If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I am going, and will give to me bread to eat, and garment to clothe, 21 and I return to the house of my father in peace; and hwhy shall be to me for Elohim: 22 And this stone which I have set for a pillar shall be the House of Elohim: and I will tithe a tenth to you of all which You shall give to me.

We will find out in a future Torah portion if this vow is fulfilled or not. I will end this chapter by asking this question "Does this pillar still exists today in Beth El"? Now thinking a little more, I am leaning more that this Beth El is "Jerusalem". I found out that I am not the only person that thinks this.

In this chapter, this is spiritually applied in our lives when 
hwhy, the Heavenly Father, takes us on a spiritual journey from Beer Sheva- a spiritual "Bore-Well of Oath/Seven", when we "oath" and/or when we end out "Shabbath (Seventh) Day of Rest" and travel to Haran- a spiritual "Dryness". That's when we will get a dream and/or vision when we are in rest with "the Rock", who is Yeshua, the Messiah. Then we, as "little rocks" in Messiah, get poured by the oil of "the Ruakh HaKodesh" (the Holy Spirit), and crucify our bodies in the Messiah which were formerly vessels of "spiritual perversion" to become a "house of El", or temples of the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).

hwhyl dbk








CHAPTER 29

Genesis 29:1-35

Gen 29:1 And Jacob lifted his feet, and came to the land of the sons of the Rising (East), 2 and looked, and behold, a bore-well in the field, and behold, there, were three flocks of sheep lying by her; by with her, the bore-well, they watered the flocks: and
a great stone was upon the mouth of the bore-well. 3 And all the flocks, they were gathered there: and they rolled ta-the stone from upon the mouth of the bore-well, and they watered ta-the sheep, and they returned ta-the stone upon the mouth of the bore-well to her place.

4 And Jacob said to them, My brothers, from where are you? And they said, We are from Haran. 5 And said to them, Do you know
ta-Laban, son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. 6 And said to them, Is to him the peace? And they said, Is peace: and behold, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep. 7 And said, Behold, the day is still high, neither is not the time for the gathering of the livestock: watering the sheep, and going tending them. 8 And they said, We are not able until which they have gathered all the flocks, and they roll ta-the stone from upon the mouth of the bore-well; and we water the sheep.

9 And they were still with speaking with themselves, and Rachel came with the sheep which were to her father: for she was a shepherdess. 10 And was, as which Jacob saw 
ta-Rachel the daughter of Laban, brother of his mother, and ta-the sheep of Laban, brother of his mother, and Jacob came near, and rolled ta-the stone from upon the mouth of the bore-well, and watered ta-the flock of Laban, brother of his mother. 11 And Jacob kissed to Rachel, and lifted ta-his voice, and wept. 12 And Jacob told to Rachel that he was a brother of her father, and that he was the son of Rebekah: and she ran and she told to her father. 13 And was, as Laban heard ta-the  hearing of Jacob, son of his sister, and ran to meet him, and embraced to him, and kissed to him, and brought him to his house. And he accounted to Laban ta all these words. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely, you are my bone and my flesh. And dwelled with him a month of days.

15 And Laban said to Jacob, For you are my brother, and you would serve me for free? Tell to me, what are your wages? 16 And to Laban were two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 And the eyes of Leah were faintish; and Rachel, she was beautiful of form and beautiful of appearance. 18 And Jacob loved
ta-Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years on Rachel your daughter, the younger. 19 And Laban said, Better I give her to you, from my giving her to another man: Dwell with me. 20 And Jacob served on Rachel seven years; and they were in his eyes as ones of days in his love for her.

21 And Jacob said to Laban, Bring
ta-my wife, for my days are fulfilled, and I may go to her. 22 And Laban gathered ta-all the men of the place, and made a banquet. 23 And was in the evening, and took ta-Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and went to her. 24 And Laban gave to her, ta-Zilpah, his female servant, to Leah, his daughter, for a female servant.

25 And was, in the morning, and behold, she was Leah: and said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? That not I serve with you on Rachel? And to why did you deceive me? 26 And Laban said, Not is done thus in our place to give the younger to the face of the firstborn. 27 Fulfill this week, and we will give her to you also
ta-this in the service which you shall serve with me yet another seven years. 28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled this week: and gave to him ta-Rachel, his daughter, to him for a wife. 29 And Laban gave to Rachel, his daughter, ta-Bilhah, his female servant, to her for a female servant. 30 And went also to Rachel, and loved also ta-Rachel from Leah, and served with him yet another seven years.

31 And 
hwhy saw that Leah was hated, and opened ta-her womb: and Rachel was barren.

32 And Leah, she conceived, and she birthed a son, and she called his name, Reuben: for had said of her, For
hwhy had seen on my affliction; for now my husband will love me.

33 And she conceived again, and she birthed a son; and she said, For
hwhy had heard that I was hated, and has given to me ta-this one: And she called his name, Simeon.

34 And she conceived again, and she birthed a son; and she said, Now is the time my husband shall be joined to me, for I have birthed to him three sons: Upon thus, was called his name Levi.

35 And she conceived again, and she birthed a son: and she said, This time, I will praise 
ta-hwhy: Upon thus, was called his name, Judah; and she ceased from birthing.


(NOTE: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one and two


1 And Jacob lifted his feet, and came to the land of the sons of the Rising (East), 2 and looked, and behold, a bore-well in the field, and behold, there, were three flocks of sheep lying by her; by with her, the bore-well, they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the mouth of the bore-well.

They were at the well. Why did 
hwhy reveal "three flocks of sheep"? Why not one, or two, or not specify an amount at all? One viewpoint could be that they represent "the Triune Elohim"- hwhy, the Father, hwhy, Yeshua, and hwhy, the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).



Verse three

3 And all the flocks, they were gathered there: and they rolled ta-the stone from upon the mouth of the bore-well, and they watered ta-the sheep, and they returned ta-the stone upon the mouth of the bore-well to her place.

Isn't it interesting that 
hwhy made a big deal of the shepherds "rolling" the stone off well and "returning" the stone back to the well. Why did He emphasize this? Looking at the culture of the day, if it was the heat of the day, when it was very hot, they wanted to keep the water cool by keeping a heavy enough object to cover the mouth of the well.

This detailed account of rolling the stone could be indirectly connected to Yeshua being resurrected from the dead on the day of First Fruits in the first day of the count of the Omer, noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Yeshua's disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Yeshua. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. 62 Now the next day, that followed the Day of the Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

28:1 In the end of the Shabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the Angel of 
hwhy descended from the heavens, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.



Verses four and five

4 And Jacob said to them, My brothers, from where are you? And they said, We are from Haran. 5 And said to them, Do you know ta-Laban, son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. 6 And said to them, Is to him the peace? And they said, Is peace: and behold, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep.

I have wondered if the shepherds' true feelings are these when they responded to Jacob's questions:

"And they said, We know him."
But I wished we didn't because of the kind of jerk he is.


"And they said, Is peace..."
But we wished there wasn't peace for that jerk.


The shepherds reveal in verse six that they knew Rachel by name. It was most likely that she and her flocks must have been hanging around with them and their flocks, obviously for her protection. It is rare to hear a woman in that culture in that day and age to be a shepherdess by herself, because men could overtake her, so she hanged around with those in whom she trusted. There is no knowledge about the shepherds, but they knew Rachel, either by their aquaitance with Laban, or knew about Laban through Rachel's input regarding her experience and/or observation of her father's activities to them.

We do not know how long Rachel has been shepherding with the men, but it had to been a long while for them know her by name. A question came to me: "Why did any of the shepherds not pursue a relationship with Rachel before Jacob came to the scene"? I think that they knew Laban's wiles and schemes that if they pursued a relationship with Rachel, they would get stuck into Laban's control. That is why they did not pursue her. Luckily for them, Jacob did not know Laban and his sly tactics beforehand, in order for
hwhy to fit Jacob and Rachel into His "eternal plan".



Verses seven and eight

7 And said, Behold, the day is still high, neither is not the time for the gathering of the livestock: watering the sheep, and going tending them. 8 And they said, We are not able until which they have gathered all the flocks, and they roll ta-the stone from upon the mouth of the bore-well; and we water the sheep.

This account took place in the heat, or high noonish part of the day. We get a first hand experience of an account of a shepherd's daily life and expertise shepherding their flocks. To me, this is pretty cool.

Did Jacob have knowledge of how to tend sheep, and learned it at home? Last week's Torah portion noted that he was a dweller of tents

Genesis 25:27 ...and Jacob was an upright man, a dweller of tents.

Jacob questioned the shepherds of their tactic that it is not good to gather the flocks together. Despite his dweller of tents, did he experience tending flocks? It is was 99.99% definite that he did, as we will see later.

Adding to what I commented earlier, another reason the shepherds waited until they were all together was that once they opened the well, the water kept cool by opening it just once for everybody rather than opening up multiple times for one flock at a time, and would potentially lose the cool temperature in the water via the heat of the sun. Don't forget, we are talking about the Middle East where temperatures could climb above a hundred degrees easily during the summertime.



Verses nine and ten

9 And they were still with speaking with themselves, and Rachel came with the sheep which were to her father: for she was a shepherdess. 10 And was, as which Jacob saw ta-Rachel the daughter of Laban, brother of his mother, and ta-the sheep of Laban, brother of his mother, and Jacob came near, and rolled ta-the stone from upon the mouth of the bore-well, and watered ta-the flock of Laban, brother of his mother.

 Like mother, like son. Jacob was getting water for Rachel's flock, which was like Rebekah getting water for Eliezer, Abraham's servant, his men and the camels in the Torah portion of Khai-yey Sarah, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 24:15 And before he was finishing to speak, and behold, Rebekah came out, who was birthed to Bethuel, son of Milcah, wife of Nahor, brother of Abraham, and her pitcher was upon her shoulder. 16 And the young woman was good of form much, a virgin, and a man had not known her: and she went down to the eye-well, and she filled her pitcher, and she ascended. 17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I shall drink a little water from your pitcher. 18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hurried, and she let down her pitcher upon her hand, and she gave him drink. 19 And she finished to give him drink, and she said, I will draw for your camels also until when they have finished drinking. 20 And she hurried, and she emptied her pitcher to the trough, and she ran again to the bored-well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21 And the man was wondering to her with silence to know that hwhy had prospered his journey, if not.

There is a mother-son connection in this act.

Continuing in verse ten, Jacob is shown to "roll" the stone away. That means that mostly Jacob picked up the stone from one side until it was standing up on its side, and then rolled it off the well. This is a connection to Yeshua when He was about to be resurrected on First Fruits in the beginning of the fouth day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Before Yeshua was resurrected, the Angels "rolled" the stone away.



Verse eleven

11 And Jacob kissed to Rachel, and lifted ta-his voice, and wept.

Jacob was definitely in love with Rachel at first sight, otherwise, he would not have kissed her. Verses nine through eleven reveal that Jacob was showing off his "Macho Man" side and was the founder of the "Tarzan Call".... Just kidding. :) .




Verses twelve through fourteen

12 And Jacob told to Rachel that he was a brother of her father, and that he was the son of Rebekah: and she ran and she told to her father. 13 And was, as Laban heard ta-the  hearing of Jacob, son of his sister, and ran to meet him, and embraced to him, and kissed to him, and brought him to his house. And he accounted to Laban ta all these words. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely, you are my bone and my flesh. And dwelled with him a month of days.

History is repeating itself. Here comes Laban again with fanfare and pomp and circumstance with music and singing, with a welcome banner to Jacob, just like he did to Eliezer during Abraham's time, again with dollar signs in his eyes, thinking to himself that he is going to get "more goodies" like he received from Eliezer last time. As I noted in last week's Torah portion, Laban's name means "white", and he was most likely pale looking at birth. His name was perfect to be nicknamed "Pale Face".

This is the account between Eliezer, Abraham's servant, and Rebekah, and "Pale Face" Laban, in the Torah portion of Khai-yey Sarah, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 24:23 And said, Who of the daughter are you? Tell me now: has the house of your father a place for us to lodge? 24 And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, son of Milcah, whom was birthed to Nahor. 25 And she said to him, Also straw also fodder are much with us, also a place to lodge. 26 And the man bowed, and worshipped to hwhy. 27 And said, Blessed be hwhy Elohim of my master, Abraham, who has not forsaken his kindness and his truth from with my master: I being in the way, hwhy led me to the house of the brother of my master. 28 And the young woman, she ran, and she told to the house of her mother according to these words.

29 And to Rebekah was a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran to the man, to the outside, to the eye-well. 30 And was, as seeing
ta-the nose ring and ta-the bracelets upon the hands of his sister, and as he heard ta-the words of Rebekah, his sister, to say, Thus spoke the man to me; And came to the man; and behold, was standing by the camels by the eye-well. 31 And said, Come, blessed of hwhy; To why are you standing in the outside? And I, I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.

32 And the man came to the house: and unloaded the camels, and gave straw and fodder for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.


These are the similarities between Jacob's account and her mother, Rebekah's account:

1. Both had told to the other person at the well their lineages.

2. The relatives of their home returned and told their family members of their experiences.

3. Laban came out to meet them and brought them to his home and stayed.

Also in verse thirteen of this Torah portion passage, Jacob also could have told Laban his experience with Esau and what he and his mother did against Esau. Thus he revealed how Jacob cheated on Esau with getting the blessing from his father, Isaac. Laban, showing the dollar signs equivalent in his eyes again, like he did toward Eliezer, Abraham's servant, now knew that Jacob has the blessing from his father, Isaac.

Notice in verse fourteen that Laban says that Jacob is "his bones and his flesh". Why did he say that? It connects to what Adam said to Khavah in the Torah portion of B'reyshith, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 2:21 And hwhy Elohim had fallen a deep sleep upon the Adam, and slept, And took from one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh undeneath. 22 And hwhy Elohim built ta-the rib, which was taken from the Adam, of a woman, and brought her to the Adam. 23 And the Adam said This, the now, is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. For this, shall be called Woman, for this was taken from a man.

It was because Jacob was the bones and flesh of Laban's sister. Laban might as well had greedily added "What treasures did you bring for me"?



Verses fifteen through seventeen

15 And Laban said to Jacob, For you are my brother, and you would serve me for free? Tell to me, what are your wages? 16 And to Laban were two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 And the eyes of Leah were faintish; and Rachel, she was beautiful of form and beautiful of appearance.

Looking at the word WAGES

The Hebrew word for wages is "maskhoreth"- Mem, Shin, Kaph, Resh, Tav (
trksm). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7939, and its definition

From H7936; wages or a reward: - reward, wages.

from 7936 "sakhar" (
rks) and its definition

The second form by permutation and used in Ezr_4:5; a primitive root (apparently akin (by prosthesis) to H3739 through the idea of temporary purchase; compare H7937); to hire: - earn wages, hire (out self), reward, X surely.

This latter Hebrew word is where we get our modern English word "score".

Looking at the the following words:

LEAH

The Hebrew for Leah is "Leyah"- Lamed, Aleph, Heh (
hal) is from Strong's concordance number 3812, and its definition

From H3811; weary; Leah, a wife of Jacob: - Leah.

from 3811 "la'ah" (
hal), and its definition

A primitive root; to tire; (figuratively) to be (or make) disgusted: - faint, grieve, lothe, (be, make) weary (selves).

Leah means "tired" or "faint".

This reveals to us that Leah's eyes had a physical "tired" or "faint" appearance.


RACHEL

The Hebrew word for Rachel is "Ra-kheyl"- Resh, Khet, Lamed (
lxr). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7354, and its definition

The same as H7353; Rachel, a wife of Jacob: - Rachel.

from 7353 "rah-khal"
(lxr), and its definition

From an unused root meaning to journey; a ewe (the females being the predominant element of a flock), (as a good traveller): - ewe, sheep.

Rachel means "ewe".

This means that Rachel was the one made to be the shepherdess "out in the field", while Leah was at home. These two daughters were the female birth order reversal of their occupations, compared to Jacob and Esau.

Jacob had Esau's birthright, who was a man of the field, and bears his own second born status as a man of the tents. Do these two factors impact his relationship with these two sisters? We will see.



Verses eighteen through twenty

18 And Jacob loved ta-Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years on Rachel your daughter, the younger. 19 And Laban said, Better I give her to you, from my giving her to another man: Dwell with me. 20 And Jacob served on Rachel seven years; and they were in his eyes as ones of days in his love for her.

Isn't it funny that Jacob says to Laban that he would serve him seven years. Why not one year? Why not two? Did Jacob forget what Rebekah his mother said to him before he left in last week's Torah portion?

Genesis 27:43 And now, my son, listen in my voice; and arise, run away for yourself to Laban my brother to Haran; 44 And you will dwell with him ones of days, until when she turns away the fury of your brother; 45 Until turns away the anger of your brother from with you, and forgets ta what you have done to him: and I will send, and I will fetch you from there:

The phrase "ones of days" did not mean "years", but "a few days" of time. So why did Jacob offer to work for seven years? The best answer I can figure is which I noted before from a source, that the number seven symbolizes "spiritual completion". This was Jacob's act of spiritual completion of years for the price of his wages.

One could tell that Jacob was in love with Rachel that the years felt like days to him. Jacob was "in heaven" in his love for Rachel. Was this a taste of how heaven's time relates to the world's time as mentioned by the apostle Peter in his letter?

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with hwhy as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

I think it was.

There is another issue that I don't think Jacob had knowledge, and it was "wages". How would you like to go to a business and say to them "I will work for you for ten years", and you get hired on the spot. What issue was not discussed during the offer?------> your "earnings". The company would think that you would be working for them "for free". I don't think Jacob put that into consideration regarding his "wages" and not the length of time he was to work. Jacob did not have enough business knowledge when discussing with Laban his wage offer. We will see how Laban takes the advantage of "Jacob's Offer".



Verses twenty-one and twenty two

21 And Jacob said to Laban, Bring ta-my wife, for my days are fulfilled, and I may go to her. 22 And Laban gathered ta-all the men of the place, and made a banquet.

Jacob said in an alternate way "Give me my wife!", BUT he did not say "Give me Rachel!". As we will see, Laban capitalized on this phrase and something else that I have yet to reveal.

Also, as one can see, they made a banquet, a.k.a. "a Food Covenant". As Rico Cortes of Wisdom in Torah Ministries noted, once th Food Covenant is eaten and drank, the deal became sealed and what is given to Jacob cannot be broken. This is a Food Covenant that can be eaten and drank first and then receive the gift "after" the Food Covenant. In this case whatever "wife" Jacob receives from "Laban, the deceiver", after they ate the Food Covenant is what Jacob is to get, and he cannot break it.



Verses twenty three and twenty four

23 And was in the evening, and took ta-Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and went to her. 24 And Laban gave to her, ta-Zilpah, his female servant, to Leah, his daughter, for a female servant.

Laban is giving "Leah" to Jacob, and Jacob marriage to her cannot be broken.
I will explain this shortly.


Playing on this based on Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries notion, though not mentioned, Laban told his daughter Leah to go into Jacob, and Leah replied "Sounds like 
hwhy's will to me", like what Sarah said to Abraham when she told him to go into Hagar to bear sons for her. Thank you Monte.



Verse twenty five

25 And was, in the morning, and behold, she was Leah:...

Hear the high shriek violins from the movie "Psycho"?

Well, Jacob covenanted for "his wife", and what he said is what he got. There is a current Geico commercial, you know- the "fifteen percent" phrase, when the second person tries to "up one" on the first person with an "oh yeah?" statement. In one of these commercials, the second person responds to the first person and by upping one on the person asks "Did you know that Genies can be literal?". The next scene shows a guy rubbing this lamp, and a Genie pops up out of nowhere. The Genie asks him, what his wish is. The guy wishes for "a million bucks". He got his million bucks all right- a million "male deers". In relevance to this Torah scene, Jacob received what he "literally said". He demanded "his wife", and he got "his wife"----> Leah!



Continuing with verses twenty and twenty six

25 ...and said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? That not I serve with you on Rachel? And to why did you deceive me? 26 And Laban said, Not is done thus in our place to give the younger to the face of the firstborn.

Looking at what the fomer radio news commentator, Paul Harvey, says "And now, the rest of the story".

This is not what Laban said originally. This is the original conversation between Jacob and Laban in verses eighteen and nineteen

Genesis 29:18 And Jacob loved ta-Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years on Rachel your daughter, the younger. 19 And Laban said, Better I give her to you, from my giving her to another man: dwell with me.

Ahh! Look at Laban's words back in verse nineteen. He did not replied that it was a done deal that Jacob will get Rachel after seven years. He made "an indirect reply" by using subtle crafty words to make it "sound" like Laban is saying "Yes, I will give Rachel to you". But on the other hand, it was a "non-answer answer". In other words, Laban "sidestepped" the answer (Just like politicians today- they must have taken a lawyer's course on "Labanisms" while in college). Laban was just like King Abimelech by making a statement, but "Pale Face" Laban did not really make a "commitment" in his reply, but was only "saying" that he rather give her to Jacob than to another man. What a creep.

Laban was indirectly saying to Jacob, "I did not agree to your premise for you to take Rachel to be your wife. I just said that I do not want another man to have Rachel but you. I am just telling you that we do not give our younger daughters before the older ones". My question to Laban is "Why did you not say that to Jacob in your reply to him"? Because he recalled Rebekah wearing the golden nose ring and the two golden bracelets and the other gifts that Eliezer gave to her, and giving treasures to Laban and to his family in a previous account.

Genesis 24:50 And Laban and Bethuel answered, and they said, From hwhy has come the word: we are not able to speak to you evil or good. 51 Behold, Rebekah is to your face, take her, and go, and she shall be the wife of the son of your master, as which hwhy has spoken. 52 And was, that, as which the servant of Abraham has heard ta-their words, and bowed to hwhy to the earth. 53 And the servant brought out vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and clothing, and gave to Rebekah: and jewels were given to her brother and to her mother. 54 And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and lodged;

and they rose in the morning, and said, Send me away to my master. 55 And her brother and her mother said, The young woman, she will dwell with us, days, or ten; Afterwards, she may go. 56 And said to them, Do you not delay me, and
hwhy has prospered my way; send me away, and I will go to my master. 57 And they said, We will call to the young woman, and we will inquire ta-her mouth. 58 And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59 And they sent away ta-Rebekah, their sister, and ta-her nurse, and ta- the servant of Abraham and ta-his men. 60 And they blessed ta-Rebekah, and they said to her, Our sister, you will be of thousands of myriads, and your seed shall possess ta the gate of their haters. 61 And Rebekah, she arose, and her young women, and they rode upon the camels, and they went after the man: And the servant took ta-Rebekah, and left.

Laban did not forget this account, learning from the circumstances by losing his sister, when he could have gotten more riches from Eliezer, Abraham's servant. Laban was saying to himself, "I'm not going to make the same mistake this time".

In a different perspective, Jacob was bearing Esau's "firstbornright". That means that Jacob was indirectly a "firstborn substitute", and when he became the substitute firstborn through "deceiving" his father, Isaac, to get the firstborn rights that rightly belonged to Esau, by rights, the firstborn married Laban's "firstborn daughter"- Leah. 
hwhy made Jacob reaped what he sowed through his deception to his father, but in a righteous way by having Laban deceive Jacob to marry his firstborn daughter, Leah.

Also, because Laban did not agree with the contract, he, in his greediness through craftiness and underhanded tactics, took advantage of Jacob's ability to bless Laban's house and prevented him from marrying Rachel in order to keep Jacob longer at his estate to continue to prosper while Jacob is under his roof. This was the similar thing that Laban and his mother tried to do with Eliezer in chapter twenty four

Genesis 24:54 And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and lodged; and they rose in the morning, and said, Send me away to my master. 55 And her brother and her mother said, The young woman, she will dwell with us, days, or ten; afterwards, she may go.

Laban only cares about "himself for himself". As I mentioned in the Torah portion of Khai-yey Sarah, Laban got these tactics from his "greedy" mother.



Verses twenty seven through thirty

27 Fulfill this week, and we will give her to you also ta-this in the service which you shall serve with me yet another seven years. 28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled this week: and gave to him ta-Rachel, his daughter, to him for a wife. 29 And Laban gave to Rachel, his daughter, ta-Bilhah, his female servant, to her for a female servant. 30 And went also to Rachel, and loved also ta-Rachel from Leah, and served with him yet another seven years.

At that moment, Laban had Jacob under his control. Laban also initiated the offer of what Jacob's wages shall be. I was very surprised that Jacob did not counter offer to Laban, for example, by saying to him "Just one more week, period". Jacob did not do that, and did not use his head, and had to serve another seven years under Laban's control.
What Laban did to Jacob to have him work for another seven years for him was another "delay tactic" for Jacob to get Rachel, and at the same time to continue for Jacob to bless Laban while Jacob is under his roof.

Also in verse twenty six, who does "we" refer to? There is no mention of Laban's wife at all in the Bible. It was most likely Laban and his sons.

Looking at Terah's pedigree, we see a very close family

Terah's Pedigree



Verse thirty-one

31 And hwhy saw that Leah was hated, and opened ta-her womb: and Rachel was barren.

hwhy said to Jacob, "OK, I will make Leah fruitful and close Rachel's womb to teach you a lesson". hwhy did not like the favoritism of Rachel over Leah.

W
hy did 
hwhy say that Jacob "hated" Leah when it says that Jacob "loved Rachel more than Leah", or, loved Leah less? This is the similar matter in last week's commentary on the Torah portion of Toldoth, that hwhy loved Jacob but hated Esau that was mentioned by the apostle Paul in his letter to the assembly in Rome

Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Funny that 
hwhy loved Jacob, but yet Jacob hates the firstborn daughter, probably because Leah did not speak to Jacob when he came into the room on their wedding night to tell him that she was not Rachel. It was most likely that Jacob had never forgave Leah for being part of Laban's deceptive plot to prevent him from having Rachel, and blamed her for being her father's accomplice.

 This account of Jacob was most likely the basis for Moses to wrote in the Torah regarding favoritism to another wife which is noted in the Torah portion of Ki Theytsey, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 21:15 If shall be there of a man two wives, the one loved and the one hated, and they have ladded to him sons, the loved one and the hated one; and shall be of the firstborn the son to the hated one: 16 And shall be, in the day of the inheriting of him, ta-his son, ta which shall be to him, shall not be to the firstborn ta-the son of the loved one upon the face of the son of the hated one, the firstborn: 17 for the firstborn, the son of the hated one, shall be respected to be given to him the mouth of double in all that shall be found to him: for he is the first of his strength; to him is the justice of the firstborn.

Moses resolved this situation by saying that no father, let alone no husband, has the right to favor the one loved over the other hated.




These next verses are the beginning of the births of the sons of Jacob:

Verse thirty two

32 And Leah, she conceived, and she birthed a son, and she called his name, Reuben: for had said of her, For hwhy had seen on my affliction; for now my husband will love me.

Looking at the word REUBEN

The Hebrew word for Reuben is "R'u-veyn"- Resh, Aleph, Vav, Ben, Nun Sophit (
Nbwar). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7205, and its defintion

From the imperative of H7200 and H1121; see ye a son; Reuben, a son of Jacob: - Reuben.

Reu

from 7200 "ra'ah" (
har), and its definition

A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively): - advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one another), shew (self), X sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions.

Ben

from 1121 "beyn" (
Nb), and its definition

From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H1, H251, etc.): -    + afflicted, age, [Ahoh-] [Ammon-] [Hachmon-] [Lev-]ite, [anoint-]ed one, appointed to, (+) arrow, [Assyr-] [Babylon-] [Egypt-] [Grec-]ian, one born, bough, branch, breed, + (young) bullock, + (young) calf, X came up in, child, colt, X common, X corn, daughter, X of first, + firstborn, foal, + very fruitful, + postage, X in, + kid, + lamb, (+) man, meet, + mighty, + nephew, old, (+) people, + rebel, + robber, X servant born, X soldier, son, + spark, + steward, + stranger, X surely, them of, + tumultuous one, + valiant[-est], whelp, worthy, young (one), youth.

from 1129 "banah" (
hnb), and its definition

A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively): - (begin to) build (-er), obtain children, make, repair, set (up), X surely.

Reuben means "See, a Son".



Verse thirty three

33 And she conceived again, and she birthed a son; and she said, For hwhy had heard that I was hated, and has given to me ta-this one: And she called his name, Simeon.

Looking at the word SIMEON

The Hebrew name for Simeon is "Sheemon"- Shin, Mem, Ayin, Vav, Nun Sophit 
(Nwems). It is from Strong's Concordance number 8095, and its defintion

From H8085; hearing; Shimon, one of Jacob’s sons, also the tribe descendant from him: - Simeon.

from 8085 "shama" (
ems), and its definition

A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): -    X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

Simeon means "Hear".



Verse thirty four

34 And she conceived again, and she birthed a son; and she said, Now is the time my husband shall be joined to me, for I have birthed to him three sons: Upon thus, was called his name Levi.

Looking at the word LEVI

The Hebrew name for Levi is "Leyvee"- Lamed, Vav, Yod (
ywl). It is from Strong's concordance number 3878, and its defintion

From H3867; attached; Levi, a son of Jacob: - Levi. See also H3879, H3881.

from 3867 "lavah"
(hwl), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to twine, that is, (by implication) to unite, to remain; also to borrow (as a form of obligation) or (causatively) to lend: - abide with, borrow (-er), cleave, join (self), lend (-er).

Levi means "Joined" or "Cleave".



Verse thirty five

35 And she conceived again, and she birthed a son: and she said, Is the time I will praise ta-hwhy: upon thus, was called his name Judah; and she ceased from birthing.

Looking at the word JUDAH

The Hebrew name for Judah is "Y'hudah"- Yod, Heh, Vav, Dalet, Heh (
hdwhy). It is from Strong's concordance number 3063, and its definition

From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory: - Judah.

from 3034 "yadah" (
hdy), and its definition

A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): - cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).

Judah means "Praise".


These are the sons Leah bore so far:

1st born, Reuben: "See, a son"- now Jacob will love me
2nd born, Simeon: "Heard"- because Jacob hated me
3rd born: Levi, "Joined"- Jacob will be joined unto me for having three sons
4th born, Judah: "Praise"- I will praise 
hwhy

Notice the first three sons Leah bore she emphasized that Jacob will come to her, but the fourth son she emphasized
hwhy. The lesson of this is do not look to man to get acceptance, but give hwhy praise.

Looking also at Leah's purpose for each of the first four sons she birthed, as her explanations decreased in her relation to Jacob and her relation to 
hwhy

Reuben:
for now my husband will love me
Simeon: For hwhy had heard that I was hated
Levi: Now is the time my husband shall be joined to me
Judah: I will praise ta-hwhy

Also, Simeon was the one of whom Leah said that she was hated by Jacob. Leah's spirit of bearing Jacob's hatred would impact Simeon in a future time when he hated his younger brother, Joseph, and wanted to kill him as noted in the Torah portion of , in the book of Genesis

Genesis 37:19 And they said a man to his brother, Behold, this master of the dreams comes. 20 And now, come, and we will slay him, and we will throw him in one of the bore-wells, and we will say, An evil beast has eaten him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Later Joseph put Simeon in prison in Egypt because of his hatred for Joseph while the rest of their brothers returned to Canaan, noted in the Torah portion of Mikeyts, in the Torah portion of Genesis

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them in the third day, This do, and live; I fear ta-The Elohim: 19 If you are honest, one of your brothers shall be bound in the house of your guarding: And you, go, bring shivered-grain for the famine of your houses: 20 And you bring ta-your youngest brother to me; and your words shall be confirmed, and you shall not die. And they did so. 21 And they said each to his brother, Truly, we are guilty upon our brother, whom we saw the anguish of his soul, in his beseeching to us, and we did not listen; upon thus has come to us this distress. 22 And Reuben answered them, to say, Did I not speak to you, to say, Do you not sin on the child; and you did not listen? and also, behold, his blood is required. 23 And they did not know not that Joseph understood them; for the interpreter was between them. 24 And turned from upon them, and wept; and returned to them, and spoke to them, and took from them ta-Simeon, and bound him to their eyes.

It is well accepted that the reson Simeon was in prison, because it was he that initiated the idea to kill Joseph.


The name Levi, meaning "joined", would be an impact later in life as well when he "joined" Simeon to destroy the men in Shechem for the sake of their younger sister, noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yishlakh, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 34:25 And was in the third day, in their being of pain, and two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, brothers of Dinah, they took each his sword, and they came upon the city boldly, and they killed every male. 26 And they killed ta-Hamor and ta-Shechem, his son, by the mouth of the sword, and they took ta-Dinah from the house of Shechem, and they went out.

Also, in the future, the tribe of Levi would be joined to Moses at Mount Sinai and later would be joined to 
hwhy, being His priests for His service.







CHAPTER 30

Genesis 30:1-43

Gen 30:1 And Rachel, she saw that she was not birthing to Jacob, and Rachel, she was jealous on her sister; and she said to Jacob, Give to me sons, and if not, I shall die. 2 And the anger of Jacob burned on Rachel: and said, Am I of the place of Elohim who withheld from you the fruit of the womb? 3 And she said, Behold my female servant, Bilhah, go to her; and she shall birth upon my knees, and I, also I, will build from her.

4 And she gave to him
ta-Bilhah, her female servant, for a wife: and Jacob went to her. 5 And Bilhah, she conceived, and she birthed to Jacob a son. 6 And Rachel, she said, Elohim has judged me, and has also heard in my voice, and has given to me a son: Upon thus, was called his name Dan.

7 And she conceived again, and Bilhah, female servant of Rachel, she birthed a second son to Jacob. 8 And Rachel, she said, The wrestlings of Elohim, I have wrestled with my sister, I have also prevailed: And she called his name Naphtali.

9 And Leah, she saw for was ceased from birthing, and she took
ta-Zilpah, her female servant, and she gave her to Jacob for a wife. 10 And Zilpah, female servant of Leah, she birthed to Jacob a son. 11 And Leah, she said, Among a troop: And she called ta-his name Gad.

12 And Zilpah, female servant of Leah, she birthed a second son to Jacob. 13 And Leah, she said, Among my blessings, for the daughters shall call me blessed: And she called
ta-his name Asher.

14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found love-apples in the field, and brought them to his mother, Leah. And Rachel, she said to Leah, Give to me now from the love-apples of your son. 15 And she said to her, Is your taking
ta-my husband, and you are taking away ta-the love-apples of my son the small matter? And Rachel, she said, For thus, shall lay with you tonight instead of the love-apples of your son. 16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah, she went out to meet him, and she said, You will come to me; for hiring I have hired you on the love-apples of my son. And laid with her in his night. 17 And Elohim listened to Leah, and she conceived, and she birthed to Jacob a fifth son. 18 And Leah, she said, Elohim has given my hire, of which I have given my female servant to my husband: And she called his name Issachar.

19 And Leah, she conceived again, and she birthed a sixth son to Jacob. 20 And Leah, she said, Elohim has invested with me a good dowry; This time, my husband shall reside with me, for I have birthed to him six sons: And she called
ta-his name Zebulun.

21 And afterwards she birthed a daughter, and she called
ta-her name Dinah.

22 And Elohim remembered 
ta-Rachel, and Elohim listened to her and opened ta-her womb. 23 And she conceived, and she birthed a son; and she said, Elohim has removed ta-my reproach: 24 And she called ta-his name Joseph; to say, hwhy shall add to me another son.

25 And was, as when Rachel birthed
ta-Joseph, and Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, and I may go to my place, and to my land. 26 Give ta-my wives and ta-my children whom on them I have served you, and I will go: for you, you know ta-my service which I have served you. 27 And Laban said to him, Now when I found favor in your eyes: I have been divining, and hwhy has blessed me on your account. 28 And he said, Appoint your wages upon me, and I will give her. 29 And said to him, You, you know ta that I served you, and ta that your livestock has been with me. 30 For little that was to you was to my face and has increased for a multitude; and hwhy has blessed you to my feet: and now when shall I do, also I, for my house? 31 And said, What shall I give to you? And Jacob said, You shall not give to me anything: If you will do for me this word; I will return, I will tend and I will keep your flock: 32 I will go over among all your flock today, removing from there every spotted and variegated sheep, and every brown sheep among the sheep, and variegated and spotted among the goats: and these shall be my wages. 33 And shall eye her among me my righteousness in the day to come when you come upon my wages to your face all that are not spotted and variegated among the goats, and brown among the sheep, he is stolen with me. 34 And Laban said, Behold, that shall be according to your word, 35 and removed in his day ta-the he goats: the ring streaked and the variegated, and ta all the she goats: the spotted and the variegated, and all which were white on him, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave into the hand of his sons, 36 and set a journey of three days between himself and between Jacob: and Jacob was tending ta-the remainder of the flocks of Laban.

37 And Jacob took for himself shoots of the fresh Storax Tree, and the Almond Tree and the Plane Tree; and peeled among them strips of white, exposing the white which was upon the shoots, 38 and placed
ta-the shoots which were peeled in the gutters in the troughs of the water which the flocks, they came to drink by oppsite the flocks, and were in heat in their coming to drink. 39 And the flocks, they were conceiving toward the shoots, and the flocks, they birthed ring streaked, spotted, and variegated. 40 And Jacob separated the sheep, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ring streaked, and all the brown in the flocks of Laban; and put for himself droves by his apartness, and did not put them upon the flocks of Laban. 41 And was among all the strong flocks in heat, and Jacob set ta-the shoots to the eyes of the flocks in the gutters to conceive among the shoots. 42 And were not put among the feebleness of the flocks: And was the feeble ones were for Laban and the stronger ones for Jacob. 43 And the man increased much much, and were to him many flocks, and female servants, and male servants, and camels, and donkeys.


A good portion of this chapter shows the two sisters going through sibling rivalry and sibling competition between each other.


(NOTE: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one and two

1 And Rachel, she saw that she was not birthing to Jacob, and Rachel, she was jealous on her sister; and she said to Jacob, Give to me sons, and if not, I shall die. 2 And the anger of Jacob burned on Rachel: and said, Am I of the place of Elohim who withheld from you the fruit of the womb?

Rachel was in a threatening and commanding state to have Jacob make her pregnant and birth sons. How did Jacob finally woke up and realized that 
hwhy was in control of Rachel's womb? Possibilities were that Jacob must have been told in the past by Isaac or Abimelech, King of Gerar, that King Abimelech's wives' wombs were closed on account of Sarah whom King Abimelech took in for a wife. Also, Jacob could have been told by Rebekah, his mother, that she was barren before she birthed Jacob, and could have been told also that his grandmother, Sarah, was barren before she birthed Isaac.

One can play on the nobility card by saying that there is pedigree of female nobility in this heritage:

Sarah, the first "Barreness" of Canaan
Rebekah, the second "Barreness" of Canaan
Rachel, the third "Barreness" of Aram



Verse three

3 And she said, Behold my female servant, Bilhah, go to her; and she shall birth upon my knees, and I, also I, will build from her.

This is comparable to Sarah giving Abraham, her handmaid, Hagar "the Stranger" to wife and to bear a son for her by birthing on her knees.

Looking at the word BILHAH

The Hebrew word for Bilhah is "Beelhah"- Bet, Lamed, Heh, Heh (
hhlb). It is from Strong's Concordance number 1090, and its definition

From H1089; timid; Bilhah, the name of one of Jacob’s concubines; also of a place in Palestine: - Bilhah.

from 1089 "balah" (
hlb), and its definition

A primitive root (rather by transposition for H926); to palpitate; hence (causatively) to terrify: - trouble.

Bilhah means "Trouble".

Sounds like that Bilhah was a "troublemaker", and her name's meaning was proven correctly when Reuben went into Bilhah later in the Torah portion of Vay-Yishlakh, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 35:22 And was, in Israel dwelling in her land, and Reuben went and laid with Bilhah, the concubine of his father: and Israel heard.



Verses four through six

4 And she gave to him ta-Bilhah, her female servant, for a wife: and Jacob went to her. 5 And Bilhah, she conceived, and she birthed to Jacob a son. 6 And Rachel, she said, Elohim has judged me, and has also heard in my voice, and has given to me a son: Upon thus, was called his name Dan.

Looking at the word DAN

The Hebrew word for Dan is "Dahn"- Dalet, Nun Sophit (
Nd). It is from Strong's Concordance number 1835, and its defintion

From H1777; judge; Dan, one of the sons of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory; likewise a place in Palestine colonized by them: - Dan.

from 1777 "deen" or "dun" (
Nyd or Nwd), and its definition

A primitive root (compare H113); to rule; by implication to judge (as umpire); also to strive (as at law): - contend, execute (judgment), judge, minister judgment, plead (the cause), at strife, strive.

Dan means "Judge".



Verse seven and eight

7 And she conceived again, and Bilhah, female servant of Rachel, she birthed a second son to Jacob. 8 And Rachel, she said, The wrestlings of Elohim, I have wrestled with my sister, I have also prevailed: And she called his name Naphtali.


Looking at the word NAPHTALI

The Hebrew word for Naphtali is "Naphtalee"- Nun, Peh, Tav, Lamed, Yod (yltpn). It is from Strong's concordance number 5321, and its defintion

From H6617; my wrestling; Naphtali, a son of Jacob, with the tribe descended from him, and its territory: - Naphtali.

from 6617 "pathal" (
ltp), and its definition

A primitive root; to twine, that is, (literally) to struggle or (figuratively) be (morally) tortuous: - (shew self) froward, shew self unsavoury, wrestle.

Naphtali means "Wrestle".



Verses nine through eleven

9 And Leah, she saw for was ceased from birthing, and she took ta-Zilpah, her female servant, and she gave her to Jacob for a wife. 10 And Zilpah, female servant of Leah, she birthed to Jacob a son. 11 And Leah, she said, Among a troop: And she called ta-his name Gad.

Leah, now barren, by giving her handmaid Zilpah to Jacob, was now competing with her sister Rachel. This is the earliest account of Biblical or third party sources of "Sibling Rivalry" through the giving of their female servants to Jacob for wives. I wondered how they felt about Jacob having other wives than them after the fact? Did they felt like they were in competition as well against their female servants to get Jacob's attention? Just a speculation.

Looking at the word ZILPAH


The Hebrew word for Zilpah is "Zeelpah"- Zayin, Peh, Lamed, Heh (hlpz). It is from Strong's Concordance number 2153, and its defintion

From an unused root apparently meaning to trickle, as myrrh; fragrant dropping; Zilpah, Leah’s maid: - Zilpah.


Zilpah means "Trickle".

She must have trickled out of her mother's womb, and that is why she was named that.


Looking at the word GAD

The Hebrew word for Gad is "Gahd"- Gimel, Dalet (dg). It is from Strong's Concordance number 1410, and its defintion

From H1464; Gad, a son of Jacob, including his tribe and its territory; also a prophet: - Gad.

from 1164 "gud" (
dwg), and its definition

A primitive root (akin to H1413); to crowd upon, that is, attack: - invade, overcome.

from 1413 "gadad"
(ddg), and its definition

A primitive root (compare H1461); to crowd; also to gash (as if by pressing into): - assemble (selves by troops), gather (selves together, self in troops), cut selves.

Gad means "Troop".



Verses twelve and thirteen

12 And Zilpah, female servant of Leah, she birthed a second son to Jacob. 13 And Leah, she said, Among my blessings, for the daughters shall call me blessed: And she called ta-his name Asher.

Looking at the word ASHER

The Hebrew word for Asher is "Asheyr"- Aleph, Shin, Resh (rsa). It is from Strong's Concordance number 836, and its defintion

From H833; happy; Asher, a son of Jacob, and the tribe descended from him, with its territory; also a place in Palestine: - Asher.


from 833 "ashar" or "asheyr"
(rsa or rsa), and its definition

A primitive root; to be straight (used in the widest sense, especially to be level, right, happy); figuratively to go forward, be honest, prosper: - (call, be) bless (-ed, happy), go, guide, lead, relieve.

Asher means "Blessed" or "Happy".



Verses fourteen and fifteen

14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found love-apples in the field, and brought them to his mother, Leah. And Rachel, she said to Leah, Give to me now from the love-apples of your son. 15 And she said to her, Is your taking
ta-my husband, and you are taking away ta-the love-apples of my son the small matter? And Rachel, she said, For thus, shall lay with you tonight instead of the love-apples of your son.

How did Reuben know to get the love-apples for his mother, Leah? It was most likely that his mother taught him about plants herself, what they looked like and their capabilities. Reuben was just a young child when he found these, probably at the most ten years old. One could say that he was told, in a way, about the birds and the bees at a very young age. No wonder why he laid with Zilpah, Rachel's concubine, later in life. Yair Davidiy of Hebrew Nations and Brit Am noted that the descendants of Reuben is France and France is well known for
"loving".

These love-apples are also called mandrakes, from the species Mandragora Officinarum. These are images and drawings of love-apples, or mandrakes, that Reuben most likely saw in the field in his day.

Mandrake Mandrake

Mandrake Mandrake

Mandrake


These are the roots. Notice the shape of the roots

Mandrake Mandrake

Mandrake

They almost have a "human" like formation. According to Wikipedia, these plants are poisonous. The fruit would have been the only safe part of the whole plant to eat, and most likely would have had properties to make one fertile. This is is the general information of what Wikipedia says regarding the fruit

"The fruit which forms in late autumn to early summer (November to June) is a berry, shaped like a globe or an ellipsoid (i.e. longer than wide), with a very variable diameter of 5–40 mm (0.2–1.6 in). When ripe, the fruit is glossy, and yellow to orange – somewhat resembling a small tomato. It contains yellow to light brown seeds, 2.5–6 mm (0.10–0.24 in) long".


Notice how Rachel has been so desperate for so long to get pregnant so much that she will even take Reuben's love-apples away from Leah.

Indirectly related, this account occurred during "the wheat harvest". Another account of the wheat harvest is in the book of Ruth

Ruth 2:20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of hwhy, who hath not left off his kindness to ta-the living and to ta-the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended ta all my harvest. 22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. 23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with ta-her mother in law.

My question regarding this Torah portion passage is "Did this Torah portion passage occured during the precursor time line of the the Feast of Shavuoth, a.k.a. Pentecost, knowing now the time that the fruit ripened as late as June"? I am leaning that this account occurred during the time of Shavuoth.



Verses sixteen through eighteen

16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah, she went out to meet him, and she said, You will come to me; for hiring I have hired you on the love-apples of my son. And laid with her in his night. 17 And Elohim listened to Leah, and she conceived, and she birthed to Jacob a fifth son. 18 And Leah, she said, Elohim has given my hire, of which I have given my female servant to my husband: And she called his name Issachar.

Here comes Jacob coming back from work tired and no doubt wanting to go into his tent to rest, and then Leah runs out to say to him, "Your coming into my tent tonight, honey, for I have "hired" you", and Jacob replies, "Oh no! More work!" :) .

Looking at the word ISSACHAR

The Hebrew word for Issachar is "Yeesas-khar"- Yod, Shin, Shin, Kaph, Resh (
rkwssy). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3485, and its defintion

From H5375 and H7939; he will bring a reward; Jissaskar, a son of Jacob: - Issachar.


Issa

from 5375 "nasa" (
asn), and its definition

A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively: - accept, advance, arise, (able to, [armour], suffer to) bear (-er, up), bring (forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact, exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on, help, high, hold up, honourable (+ man), lade, lay, lift (self) up, lofty, marry, magnify, X needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive, regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, + swear, take (away, up), X utterly, wear, yield.

Char

from 7939 "sakhar" (
rks), and its definition

From H7936; payment of contract; concretely salary, fare, maintenance; by implication compensation, benefit: - hire, price, reward [-ed], wages, worth.

from 7936 "sakhar"
(rks), and its definition

The second form by permutation and used in Ezr_4:5; a primitive root (apparently akin (by prosthesis) to H3739 through the idea of temporary purchase; compare H7937); to hire: - earn wages, hire (out self), reward, X surely.

Issachar means "Wages" or "Hired".

Leah might as well have said I have "scored" with my husband.



Verses nineteen and twenty

19 And Leah, she conceived again, and she birthed a sixth son to Jacob. 20 And Leah, she said, Elohim has invested with me a good dowry; This time, my husband shall reside with me, for I have birthed to him six sons: And she called ta-his name Zebulun.

Looking at the word ZEBULUN


The Hebrew worde for Zebulun is "Z'vooloon"- Zayin, Bet, Lamed, Vav, Nun Sophit (Nwlbz). It is from Strong's Concordance number 2074, and its defintion

From H2082; habitation; Zebulon, a son of Jacob; also his territory and tribe: - Zebulun.

from 2082 "zaval" (lbz), and its definition

A primitive root; apparently properly to inclose, that is, to reside: - dwell with.

Zebulun means "Reside".



Verse twenty-one

21 And afterwards she birthed a daughter, and she called ta-her name Dinah.

Looking at the word DINAH

The Hebrew word for Dinah is "Deenah"- Dalet, Yod, Nun, Heh (hnyd). It is from Strong's Concordance number 1783, and its defintion

Feminine of H1779; justice; Dinah, the daughter of Jacob: - Dinah.


from 1779
"deen" or "dun" (Nyd or Nwd), and its definition

From H1777; judgment (the suit, justice, sentence or tribunal); by implication also strife: - cause, judgment, plea, strife.

from 1777 "deen" or "dun" (Nyd or Nwd), and its definition

A primitive root (compare H113); to rule; by implication to judge (as umpire); also to strive (as at law): - contend, execute (judgment), judge, minister judgment, plead (the cause), at strife, strive.


Dinah means "Judge".

Why did 
hwhy allow Leah's last child to be a daughter? Was this saying that it was the end of the line for Leah for birthing sons or birthing in general? I don't know.



Verse twenty two through twenty four

22 And Elohim remembered ta-Rachel, and Elohim listened to her and opened ta-her womb. 23 And she conceived, and she birthed a son; and she said, Elohim has removed ta-my reproach: 24 And she called ta-his name Joseph; to say, hwhy shall add to me another son.

hwhy did not say "Oh yeah, I forgot about Rachel". He saved the most loved for last. In a play on words, Yeshua said in the Gospels

Luke 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

In this case, Rachel, who was loved of Jacob, was the last of the four wives to begin birthing children.

Also, when this verse says that 
hwhy remembered Rachel, it does not meant the He "forgot" her, but it means that she was next on His "priority list". In other words, hwhy had prerequisites by preparing other things according to His plan, in this case, before Rachel. And now that the other things were accomplished, hwhy can focus on His plan for Rachel to have sons.

Looking at the word JOSEPH

The Hebrew word for Joseph is "Yoseyph"- Yod, Vav, Samek, Peh Sophit (Powy). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3130, and its defintion

Future of H3254; let him add (or perhaps simply active participle adding); Joseph, the name of seven Israelites: - Joseph. Compare H3084.


from 3254 "yasaph" (
Poy), and its definition

A primitive root; to add or augment (often adverbially to continue to do a thing): -    add, X again, X any more, X cease, X come more, + conceive again, continue, exceed, X further, X gather together, get more, give moreover, X henceforth, increase (more and more), join, X longer (bring, do, make, much, put), X (the, much, yet) more (and more), proceed (further), prolong, put, be [strong-] er, X yet, yield.


Joseph means "Add".

The weird thing regarding the last part of her statement was she did not say that 
hwhy shall be to her ten sons or five sons, but "another son". Why did she limit herself to "one" extra son? Did she make a prophecy to herself, because she knew in her heart that something was coming up, but didn't know what?

The other word that needs to be noticed in the Torah portion passage is "removed".

Looking at the word REMOVED

The Hebrew word for removed is "asaph"- Aleph, Samek, Peh Sophit (Poa). It is from Strong's Concordance number 622, and its defintion

A primitive root; to gather for any purpose; hence to receive, take away, that is, remove (destroy, leave behind, put up, restore, etc.): - assemble, bring, consume, destroy, fetch, gather (in, together, up again), X generally, get (him), lose, put all together, receive, recover [another from leprosy], (be) rereward, X surely, take (away, into, up), X utterly, withdraw.


This Hebrew indirectly connects with Joseph's name. In fact, it is my humble opinion that this is the true root word to his name, connecting his other two Hebrew word sources.



Verses twenty five and twenty six

25 And was, as when Rachel birthed ta-Joseph, and Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, and I may go to my place, and to my land. 26 Give ta-my wives and ta-my children whom on them I have served you, and I will go: for you, you know ta-my service which I have served you.

Question, "Why did Jacob wait until Rachel became pregnant and gave birth to a son to tell Laban that he was leaving"? "Why didn't he leave after Leah and Bilhah and Zilpah birthed to him children"? Somehow, in his spirit, Jacob knew that Rachel was the "key factor" in 
hwhy's timing to leave, but hwhy will show him that it was not His time yet. He had successfully obtained a large family and finally a child by Rachel, but one substance is lacking in his family that hwhy wants him to obtain----> "livestock", a major necessity for life in the culture of the day.

By Laban hearing this, he remembered from last time when Eliezer, Abraham's elder servant, when he wanted to leave with Rebekah and return to Canaan, so he's doing what he can to keep Jacob for a very long time, if not for good.

Also, the reason Jacob said to Laban to "give" to him his wives and children, because Jacob was under contract to work for Laban for the second seven year period. Until then, they were still under Laban's ownership until the contract was fulfilled, then they became under Jacob's ownership. This was probably a basis for the Torah regarding a man working for seven years in the Torah portion of R'ey, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 15:12 If your brother, the Hebrew man, or the Hebrew woman shall be sold to you, and serves you six years; and in the seventh year, you shall send away him free from with you. 13 And when you send him away free from you, you shall not send him away empty: 14 Furnishing, you shall furnish to him from your flock, and from you grain floor, and from your winepress: which hwhy your Elohim blessed you, You shall give to him. 15 And you shall remember when you were slaves in the land of Egypt, and hwhy your Elohim redeemed you: upon thus, I am commanding you ta-this word today.



Verses twenty seven

27 And Laban said to him, Now when I found favor in your eyes: I have been divining, and hwhy has blessed me on your account.

This is an interesting point in this event. Laban had "divined", meaning he was doing a ritual activity to his pagan elohim.

Looking at the word DIVINING

The Hebrew word for divining is "nakhash"- Nun, Khet, Shin (
sxn). It is from Strong's Concordance number 5172, and its defintion

A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate: -  X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.


I want to compare this same Hebrew word to other Strong's Concordance numbers using the exact same word:

from 5175 "nakhash" (
sxn), and its definition

From H5172; a snake (from its hiss): - serpent.

from 5174 "nakhash" (sxn), and its definition

(Chaldee); corresponding to H5154; copper: - brass.


from 5173 "nakhash" (sxn), and its definition

From H5172; an incantation or augury: - enchantment.


from 5172 "nakhash" (sxn), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate: -  X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

This same word also interprets as "serpent" "copper" and "enchantment". Was the item that Laban was divining was to a copper serpent? I don't know the answer to that.



Verses twenty eight through thirty

28 And he said, Appoint your wages upon me, and I will give her. 29 And said to him, You, you know ta that I served you, and ta that your livestock has been with me. 30 For little that was to you was to my face and has increased for a multitude; and hwhy has blessed you to my feet: and now when shall I do, also I, for my house?

Notice that Jacob did not give an answer immediately. In other words Jacob leaned Laban's "Labanism" tactics, and started with not answering to him, but explaining to him how much he blessed his uncle/father-in-law by noting the livestock that he produced did for Laban, BUT he has yet to produce livestock for his household.



Verses thirty-one through thirty four

31 And said, What shall I give to you? And Jacob said, You shall not give to me anything: If you will do for me this word; I will return, I will tend and I will keep your flock: 32 I will go over among all your flock today, removing from there every spotted and variegated sheep, and every brown sheep among the sheep, and variegated and spotted among the goats: and these shall be my wages. 33 And shall eye her among me my righteousness in the day to come when you come upon my wages to your face all that are not spotted and variegated among the goats, and brown among the sheep, he is stolen with me. 34 And Laban said, Behold, that shall be according to your word,

Jacob didn't state just goats and sheep, but specific kinds of goats and sheep.

Looking at the following words:

SPOTTED


The Hebrew word for spotted is "nakod"- Nun, Kuph, Dalet (dqn). It is from Strong's concordance number 5348, and its defintion

From an unused root meaning to mark (by puncturing or branding); spotted: - speckled.



VARIEGATED

The Hebrew word for varigated is "tala"- Tet, Lamed, Aleph (alj). It is from Strong's concordance number 2921, and its defintion

A primitive root; properly to cover with pieces; that is, (by implication) to spot or variegate (as tapestry): - clouted, with divers colours, spotted.



BROWN


The Hebrew word for brown is "khoom"- Khet, Vav, Mem Sophit (Mwx). It is from Strong's concordance number 2345, and its defintion

From an unused root meaning to be warm, that is, (by implication) sunburnt or swarthy (blackish): - brown.



These images are examples of the kinds of sheep and goats that Jacob requested:

Spotted and Variegated Sheep

Spotted And Variegated Sheep Spotted And Variegated Sheep


Brown Sheep

Brown Sheep Brown Sheep


Spotted and Varigated Goats

Spotted And Variegated Goat Spotted And Variegated Goat


Notice the only thing that Jacob did not ask for----> "white sheep and white goats".

White Sheep

White Sheep White Sheep


White Goats

White Goat White Goat


Who has the name resembling the color white? "Pale Face" Laban! In other words, though Jacob didn't say it, he was telling Laban that he wouldn't take "Laban sheep" and "Laban goats", because Jacob did not want "white" (Laban) animals to remind himself of Laban when he leaves his uncle/father-in-law's estate. The white ones would be left to the ones that fit with his name---> Laban!

Jacob also, finally figured Laban out. Instead of stating the amount of years to work for him, he used the kinds of goats and flocks to be his wages. That way he expected quicker results and would be able to leave Laban with something to live for his future with something. Notice that Laban stated here "that shall be according to your word". Laban saw that he met his match and finally agreed to Jacob's demand, but Laban did give not up too easy, as we will see in the next Torah portion passage.



Verses thirty five through thirty six

35 and removed in his day ta-the he goats: the ring streaked and the variegated, and ta all the she goats: the spotted and the variegated, and all which were white on him, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave into the hand of his sons, 36 and set a journey of three days between himself and between Jacob: and Jacob was tending ta-the remainder of the flocks of Laban.

How evil can one get. "Pale Face" Laban and his sons stole the flocks that rightfully belonged to Jacob. Laban upped one on Jacob and took everything but the white sheep and the white goats. In other words, Laban left to Jacob only "Laban" sheep and "Laban" goats. By this action, Laban was saying to Jacob "I, "Pale Face" Laban, am in your face through these "white" animals".

Also, Laban was setting Jacob back in a long term situation where he would be staying for a longer period of time and delaying his departure by making Jacob take some time to grow his own livestock. These animals are not going to sprout up overnight. As we will find out later, this was a six year stay in Laban's camp to tend and grow his livestock, which will be noted later.

We also realize for the first time that Laban also had sons, and they were just as evil as their father by taking the animals that were rightfully Jacob's, and set them at a three day journey's distance between them. Jacob knew that if he left camp to pursue after them, he would have been kept out of the camp and left behind his wives and children, and Laban would have used them as his own servants. Jacob had no choice but to go through the process to raise the flocks and goats for Laban.


Notice in verse thirty five that there were "ring streaked" animals. This was not mentioned in Jacob's wage offer in verse thirty two.

Looking at the word RING STREAKED

The Hebrew word for spotted is "akohd"- Ayin, Kuph, Dalet (dqen). It is from Strong's Concordance number 6124, and its defintion

From H6123; striped (with bands): - ring straked.


from 6123 "akad"
(dqe), and its definition

A primitive root; to tie with thongs: - bind.



Verse thirty seven

37 And Jacob took for himself shoots of the fresh Storax Tree, and the Almond Tree and the Plane Tree; and peeled among them strips of white, exposing the white which was upon the shoots,

These are the following images:

The White Poplar (Storax) Tree

Storax Tree Storax Tree

Looking at the word STORAX TREE

The Hebrew word for Storax Tree is "leevnah"- Lamed, Bet, Nun, Heh (hnbl). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3839, and its defintion

From H3835; some sort of whitish tree, perhaps the storax: - poplar.

from 3835 "lavan" (nbl), and its definition

A primitive root; to be (or become) white; also (as denominative from H3843) to make bricks: - make brick, be (made, make) white (-r).

The Storax Tree is based on the color "white".


The Almond Tree

Almond Tree Almond Tree

Looking at the word ALMOND TREE

The Hebrew word for Almond Tree is "looz"- Lamed, Vav, Zayin (zwl). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3869, and its defintion

Probably of foreign origin; some kind of nut tree, perhaps the almond: - hazel.


This would be the Almond Tree, because of its hazel color.


The Plane Tree

Plane Tree

Looking at the word PLANE TREE

The Hebrew word for Plane Tree is "ahrmohn"- Ayin, Resh, Mem, Vav, Nun Sophit (Nwmre). It is from Strong's Concordance number 6196, and its defintion

Probably from H6191; the plane tree (from its smooth and shed bark): - chestnut tree.

from 6191 "ahrahm" (Mre), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to be (or make) bare; but used only in the derived sense (through the idea perhaps of smoothness) bo be cunning (usually in a bad sense): -    X very, beware, take crafty [counsel], be prudent, deal subtilly.


The Plane Tree is a smooth tree. Notice that the Hebrew root word "ahrahm", is the same name location "Aram".

I have yet to hear anyone realize this. I am going to add the Hebrew words to certain English words in this verse, because I want you to see the significance of the words that are applied in this verse:

37 And Jacob took for himself shoots of the fresh Storax Tree (hnbl), and the Almond Tree (zwl) and the Plane Tree (Nwmre); and peeled among them strips of white (nbl), exposing the white (nbl) which was upon the shoots.

As noted, these are three Hebrew words used: The Hebrew word for the Storax Tree is "leevnah"
(hnbl), The Hebrew word for the Almond Tree is "looz" (zwl) and the Hebrew word for the Plane Tree is "ahrmohn (Nwmre). Also white in Hebrew is "laban" (nbl). In my opinion, these Hebrew words were a "story code", stating that

Jacob used in this verse to say that he is paying back "Laban the Aramite" by stripping him from his flocks that Jacob himself will produce in a few years, and he is going to take his spoils back to "Luz" which is also called "Beth El" as mentioned earlier in chapter twenty eight

Genesis 28:19 And called ta-the name of that place Beth El: however, the name of the city was Luz to the first.

In other words, Jacob was making Laban reap what he sowed by using these three basic Hebrew words symbolically against him by taking Laban's livestock away from him.

When Laban said in verse thirty four that it shall be according to Jacob's word, Laban was using his slyness "Labanisms" again by not saying "Yes", but saying according to "Jacob's word" and not taking any accountability. But Jacob used trees that resembled "certain words" to tell Laban what he was doing without Laban knowing what he was saying.

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Verses thirty eight through forty

38 and placed ta-the shoots which were peeled in the gutters in the troughs of the water which the flocks, they came to drink by oppsite the flocks, and were in heat in their coming to drink. 39 And the flocks, they were conceiving toward the shoots, and the flocks, they birthed ring streaked, spotted, and variegated. 40 And Jacob separated the sheep, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ring streaked, and all the brown in the flocks of Laban; and put for himself droves by his apartness, and did not put them upon the flocks of Laban.

Jacob had learned this through his experience and training of shepherding flocks and goats either in Canaan or in Aram that the animals who are strong and in heat will create brown or spotted and variegated offspring.



Verses forty-one through forty three

41 And was among all the strong flocks in heat, and Jacob set ta-the shoots to the eyes of the flocks in the gutters to conceive among the shoots. 42 And were not put among the feebleness of the flocks: And was the feeble ones were for Laban and the stronger ones for Jacob. 43 And the man increased much much, and were to him many flocks, and female servants, and male servants, and camels, and donkeys.

Jacob's flocks were the stronger ones with the spotted, variegated and brown ones, while "Pale Face" Laban's "Laban" animals were weak. As Jacob's livestock grew, he was able to purchase more servants as well as donkeys and camels as he propsered.

In verse forty two, in the Hebrew text, the phrase for "and among the feebleness" is "oo-v'ha'a'teeph" (
Pyjehbw), but in the Hebrew text, the letter Peh is enlarged

U-v'ha'a'teeph


This is a statement from Jewish Bible Quarterly regarding the enlarged Peh

The Targum translates ובהעטיף as "and the late," meaning the cattle that go into heat too late, due to their feebleness. 6 This translation of the word is basically the opposite of the translation given in the Septuagint. According to Eisenstein's explanation, the large letter in ובהעטיף falls into Yeivin's third category, a letter written large to insure the correct reading and avoid errors.



Another source, The Watchman, website page titled "The Torah Scroll" by Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David (a.k.a. Greg Killian) wrote regarding the enlarged Peh

Other large letters were intended to guard against possible errors; for instance, in the passage “when the cattle were feeble” (;hygvcu; Gen. xxx. 42) final “pe” (;) is written large in order that it may not be mistaken for a final “nun” (ן) and the word be read ihygvcu (comp. uhbhng in Job xxi. 24). The Septuagint translation, based on the second version, is “whenever the cattle happened to bring forth.”

I gave you a couple of views of the enlarged Peh, but here is my view of the enlarged Peh. The Hebrew letter Peh is a Paleo-Hebrew picture of a mouth. Based on the context, the feeble flocks are the plain white (Laban) flocks that are going Laban's flocks. Laban is very good with "his mouth", and this Hebrew phrase word with the enlarged Peh is a way to say that Laban has "a big mouth". Those "feeble" flocks will belong to "Big Mouth", "Pale Face" Laban.







CHAPTER 31

Genesis 31:1-55

Gen 31:1 And heard 
ta-the words of the sons of Laban, to say, Jacob has taken ta all that was to our father; and from which was to our father has gotten ta all this glory (wealth). 2 And Jacob saw ta-the face of Laban, and, behold, was not with him as the yesterday and third. 3 And hwhy said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your nativity; and I am with you.

4 And Jacob sent and called for Rachel and for Leah to the field to his flocks, 5 and said to them, I see 
ta-the face of your father that is not toward me as yesterday and third; and the Elohim of my father has been with me. 6 And you, you know that in all my power I have served ta-your father, 7 and your father has deceived on me, and changed ta-my wages ten times; and Elohim has not allowed him to do evil with me. 8 If thus, was said, The spotted shall be your wages; and all the flocks, they birthed spotted: and if said thus, the ring streaked shall be your hire; and all the flocks, they birthed ring streaked.

9 And Elohim has snatched away 
ta-the livestock of your father, and were given to me. 10 And was in the time the flocks were in heat, and I lifted my eyes, and I saw in a dream, and behold, the rams that were ascending upon the flock were ring streaked, spotted, and grizzled. 11 And the Messenger ofthe Elohim spoke to me in a dream, Jacob: And said, Behold I. 12 And said, Lift now your eyes, and see all the rams that ascending upon the flocks are ring streaked, spotted, and grizzled: for I have seen ta all that Laban did to you. 13 I am the El of Beth El where you anointed the pillar there, where you have vowed to Me a vow: Now arise, go out from this land, and return to the land of your nativity.

14 And Rachel and Leah, they answered, and they said to him, That not to us is a portion and an inheritance in the house of our father? 15 That not we are aliens, we are counted to him? For has sold us, and consuming, also has consumed
ta-our silver? 16 For all the riches which Elohim has snatched away from our father, he is for us, and for our sons: And now, all that Elohim has said to you, do.

17 And Jacob rose, and lifted
ta-his sons and ta-his wives upon the camels; 18 And drove out ta-all his livestock, and ta-all his substance which was gained of the livestock of his aquiring which was gained in Padan Aram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

19 And Laban went to shear 
ta-his sheep: and Rachel, she stole ta-the house idols that were to her father. 20 And Jacob deceived ta-the heart of Laban, the Aramite, upon not telling to him that he ran away. 21 And he ran away, and all that was to him; and rose, and passed over ta-the river, and set ta-his face to Mount of the Gilead. 22 And was told to Laban on the third day that Jacob ran away, 23 and took ta-his brothers with him, and pursued after him a journey of seven days; and overtook him on the Mount of the Gilead. 24 And Elohim came to Laban, the Aramite, in a dream of the night, and said to him, Take heed for yourself, lest you speak with Jacob from good unto evil.

25 And Laban overtook 
ta-Jacob. And Jacob, had fastened ta-his tent on the mountain: and Laban and ta-his brothers had fastened on the Mount of the Gilead. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, and you have deceived ta-my heart, and you carried away ta-my daughters as captives of the sword? 27 To why did you secretly run away, and you deceived me; and you have not told to me, and I would have sent you away in rejoicing, and in singing among the tambourine and among the harp? 28 And you have not permitted me to kiss my to my sons and to my daughters? Now, you have been foolish doing him. 29 Is to the power of my hand to do with you evil: and the Elohim of your father spoke to me last night, to say, Take heed for yourself from speaking with Jacob from good unto evil. 30 And now, leaving, you have left, for longing, you have longed for the house of your father, to why have you stolen ta-my elohim? 31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, For I was afraid: for I said, Lest you forcefully take ta-your daughters from with me. 32 With whom you find ta-your elohim shall not live before our brothers: Discern for yourself what is with me and take for yourself. For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

33 And Laban went in the tent of Jacob, and in the tent of Leah, and in the the tent of the two female servants; and did not find. And went out from the tent of Leah, and entered in the tent of Rachel. 34 And Rachel had taken 
ta-the house idols, and she put them in the saddle of the camel, and she sat upon them. And Laban felt ta-all the tent, and did not find. 35 And she said to her father, Do not be angry in the eyes of my lord, for I am not able to rise from your face; for the way of women is to me. And searched, and did not find ta-the house idols.

36 And Jacob was angry, and rebuked against Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have chased after me? 37 For you have felt
ta-all my vessels. What have you found from all the vessels of your house? Set thus before my brothers and your brothers, and justify between the two of us. 38 I was with you these twenty years; Your ewes and your she goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock. 39 I did not bring to you the torn; I, I reconciled; you required her from my hand stolen by day and stolen by night. 40 And I was; in the day the dry heat consumed me, and the frost in the night; and my sleep, she departed from my eyes. 41 This was to me twenty years in your house; serving you fourteen years on your two daughters, and six years on your flocks: and you have changed ta-my wages ten weighings. 42 If not the Elohim of my father, the Elohim of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been to me, for now you would have sent me away empty. Elohim has seen ta-my affliction and ta-the labor of my palms, and were rebuked last night.

43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons are my sons, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see, he is to me: and what can I do to these to my daughters today or to their sons whom they have birthed? 44 And now come, we will cut a covenant, me and you; and be for a witness between me and between you. 45 And Jacob took a stone and erected her of a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; And they took stones, and they made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap. 47 And Laban called to him Jegar Sahadutha: and Jacob called to him Galeed. 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and between you today. Upon thus was called his name Galeed; 49 And the Mizpah; which was said, 
hwhy shall watch between me and between you, for we are absent a man from his neighbor. 50 If you shall afflict ta-my daughters, and if you take wives over my daughters, no man is with us; See, Elohim is a witness between me and between you. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have pointed out between me and between you; 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I, I will not pass over ta-this heap to you, and that you, you will not pass over ta-this heap and ta-this pillar to me, for evil. 53 The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, shall judge between us. And Jacob sware in the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice on the mountain, and called to his brothers to eat bread: and they ate bread, and they lodged on the mountain. 55 And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed to his sons and to his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban left and returned to his place.


(NOTE: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one and two

1 And heard ta-the words of the sons of Laban, to say, Jacob has taken ta all that was to our father; and from which was to our father has gotten ta all this glory (wealth). 2 And Jacob saw ta-the face of Laban, and, behold, was not with him as the yesterday and third.

This shows how self-centered Laban's sons were. They were just proving that they were no different than their father in saying what they said. They were so blind to what their father did against Jacob that they did not see the hand of 
hwhy in this.

In simple terms, Laban reaped what he sowed. Laban stole Jacob's flocks, but 
hwhy got back at Laban and in a way stole them back by showing Jacob in the previous verse how to create stripped, spotted and speckled animals, and did it so successfully, that there were few left that were called Laban's flocks.



Verse three

3 And hwhy said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your nativity; and I am with you.

Jacob now has his family set, he has livestock he can say that they are his, and he has transportation and beasts of burdens and servants. His household is complete, and now 
hwhy was saying to Jacob "It's time to return home".

Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted that 
hwhy said "I am with you" to Jacob. He also said that it applies to us today as believers in Messiah, because the Heavenly Father says to each one of us "I am with you".

Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted that going back to the land of his nativity, also interpreted as kindred, included Esau.



Verse four

4 And Jacob sent and called for Rachel and for Leah to the field to his flocks,

Why did Jacob called them to the field? Why didn't he call them into a tent? Because he did not want the other members of his family, including his two other wives, Leah and Rachel's female servants, his servants, so that no one would eavesdrop and overhear what he was about to say to his wives. Based in the previous chapter, Laban and his sons were holding the flocks and goats three days journey distance from Jacob, and were not present during this account.

Isn't it interesting that for all these years, there is an account where he called to both wives "together" for the first time.



Verses five through eight

5 and said to them, I see ta-the face of your father that is not toward me as yesterday and third; and the Elohim of my father has been with me. 6 And you, you know that in all my power I have served ta-your father, 7 and your father has deceived on me, and changed ta-my wages ten times; and Elohim has not allowed him to do evil with me. 8 If thus, was said, The spotted shall be your wages; and all the flocks, they birthed spotted: and if said thus, the ring streaked shall be your hire; and all the flocks, they birthed ring streaked.

What Laban did by changeing Jacob's wages ten times during his two seven year periods of serving him for Laban's two daughters was an act of deception. As I noted earlier in this Torah portion, Jacob did not set a specific wage to Laban when he served for him for the fourteen years, but served him without any set wages. That gave Laban the power to set any wage standard he wanted against Jacob, and no doubt those wage changes were not favorable to Jacob.

This sounds a lot like business today who can change the wage system toward their employees.

Looking at the word WAGES

The Hebrew word for wages is "moneh"- Mem, Nun, Heh (hnm). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4489, and its definition

From H4487; properly something weighed out, that is, (figuratively) a portion of time, that is, an instance: - time.


from 4487 "manah" (
hnm), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to weigh out; by implication to allot or constitute officially; also to enumerate or enroll: - appoint, count, number, prepare, set, tell.

This is where we get our modern English word "many" as in 'a lot'.



Verses nine through thirteen

9 And Elohim has snatched away ta-the livestock of your father, and were given to me. 10 And was in the time the flocks were in heat, and I lifted my eyes, and I saw in a dream, and behold, the rams that were ascending upon the flock were ring streaked, spotted, and grizzled. 11 And the Messenger ofthe Elohim spoke to me in a dream, Jacob: And said, Behold I. 12 And said, Lift now your eyes, and see all the rams that ascending upon the flocks are ring streaked, spotted, and grizzled: for I have seen ta all that Laban did to you. 13 I am the El of Beth El where you anointed the pillar there, where you have vowed to Me a vow: Now arise, go out from this land, and return to the land of your nativity.

Ending his talk to Leah and Rachel, Jacob gave credit to 
hwhy for taking the livestock and giving him, through the dream, the ability to use "manipulation" for the sheep and the goats to birth spotted, variegated, ring streaked and brown offspring. We believers also need to know that our gifts and talents, ideas and revelations, came from hwhy, and we need to thank Him for lending us His gifts and talents to us. Notice also that this is the first and only time Jacob directly spoke to Leah.



Verses through fourteen through sixteen

14 And Rachel and Leah, they answered, and they said to him, That not to us is a portion and an inheritance in the house of our father? 15 That not we are aliens, we are counted to him? For has sold us, and consuming, also has consumed ta-our silver? 16 For all the riches which Elohim has snatched away from our father, he is for us, and for our sons: And now, all that Elohim has said to you, do.

This is the first time recorded in the scriptures that the two sisters were in agreement together. This is also the first time that daughters mentioned of their loss of their inheritance by their own father, Laban. This scripture account was most likely based from the result of Leah and Rachel's loss of their inheritance. It is noted in the Torah portion of Pinkhas, in the Torah portion of Numbers

Numbers 27:1 And the daughters of Zelophehad, son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, of the family of Manasseh, son of Joseph, they came: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 And they stood to the face of Moses, and to the face of Eleazar the Priest, and to the face of the rulers and all the Congregation, at the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment, to say, 3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the midst of the Congregation that met upon hwhy in the congregation of Korah; but died in his sin, and there were no sons. 4 To why the name of our father be removed from the midst of his family, for is not to him a son? Give to us a possession in the midst of the brothers of our father. 5 And Moses brought ta-their cause to the face of hwhy. 6 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 7 Thus, the daughters of Zelophehad speaks: giving, you shall give to them a possession of an inheritance in the midst of the brothers of their father; and you shall pass over ta-the inheritance of their father to them. 8 And you shall speak to the Sons of Israel, to say, If a man shall die, and is not a son to him, And you shall pass over ta-his inheritance to his daughter. 9 And if a daughter is not to him, and you shall give ta-his inheritance to his brother. 10 And if is not to him brothers, and you shall give ta-his inheritance to the brothers of his father. 11 And if no brothers to his father, and you shall give ta-his inheritance to his relative, the nearness to him from his family, and shall possess her: and she shall be to the Sons of Israel for a Statute of Judgment, as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.


Looking at the word SNATCH

The Hebrew word for snatch is "natsahl"
(lun) (in the actual Hebrew text "hatseel")- Nun, Tsade, Lamed (lyuh). It is from Strong's Concordance number 5337, and its definition

A primitive root; to snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense: -    X at all, defend, deliver (self), escape, X without fail, part, pluck, preserve, recover, rescue, rid, save, spoil, strip, X surely, take (out).

Without the Nun, this is where we get our modern English word "steal".



Verses seventeen and eighteen

17 And Jacob rose, and lifted ta-his sons and ta-his wives upon the camels; 18 And drove out ta-all his livestock, and ta-all his substance which was gained of the livestock of his aquiring which was gained in Padan Aram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

This scene must have been an interesting sight to see with Jacob lifting up his wives and children on the camel while all his servants were tending the livestock, and loading the donkeys and other camels with their belongings, their food and drink and their tents and materials. To me, this would make a great movie scene.



Verse nineteen

19 And Laban went to shear ta-his sheep: and Rachel, she stole ta-the house idols that were to her father.

As both sister's said in verse fifteen, their father devoured, or usurped their silver that should have belonged to them. Rachel took the law into her own hands and stole the images for compensation.

The Hebrew word for house idol is "t'rah-pheem"- Tav, Resh, Peh, Yod, Mem (
myprt). It is from Strong's Concordance number 8655, and its definition

Plural perhaps from H7495; a healer; Teraphim (singular or plural) a family idol: - idols (-atry), images, teraphim.

from 7495 "raphah" (
apr or hpr), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to mend (by stitching), that is, (figuratively) to cure: - cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, X thoroughly, make whole. See H7503.

from 7503 "raphah" (
hpr), and its definition

A primitive root; to slacken (in many applications, literally or figuratively): - abate, cease, consume, draw [toward evening], fail, (be) faint, be (wax) feeble, forsake, idle, leave, let alone (go, down), (be) slack, stay, be still, be slothful, (be) weak (-en). See H7495.

This Hebrew word is where we get our modern English word "trophy". When one wins a sports championship, one gets a "trophy". They take their sports trophy to their "home" and set it for the family and everyone coming to their home to see.


Also, it is possible that Rachel was taking Laban's "teraphim" house idols for its silver. It was possible that Leah and Rachel's silver was used by Laban to make the house idols.



Verses twenty and twenty-one

20 And Jacob deceived ta-the heart of Laban, the Aramite, upon not telling to him that he ran away. 21 And he ran away, and all that was to him; and rose, and passed over ta-the river, and set ta-his face to Mount of the Gilead.

Jacob in many ways was saying "Goodbye Laban. I'm outta here. Don't call me. I'll call you".


Based in the last chapter, Laban was three day's journey away from his home, because the original sheep and goats he and his sons stole that rightly belonged to Jacob were there. This information also provides the fact that there was a time period when the sheep are sheared, which would have occurred in the Spring months when the sheep's hair will be too thick to handle the heat after its growth during the Winter months.

hwhy gave Jacob the golden opportunity to flee and escape from Laban's estate and Laban's control.

 One question comes to me "Did this occur during the time of the Spring High Holy Day of Passover"? It has a very strong case that it was.



Verses twenty two and twenty three

22 And was told to Laban on the third day that Jacob ran away, 23 and took ta-his brothers with him, and pursued after him a journey of seven days; and overtook him on the Mount of the Gilead.

This account is similar to the one the Israelites were fleeing Egypt in the Torah portion of Bo, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 14:5 And was told to the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants had changed toward the people, and they said, What is this we have done, that we have sent away ta-Israel from serving us? 6 And was prepared ta-his chariot, and took ta-his people with him: 7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and third rankers of (officers) over all of them. 8 And hwhy strengthened ta-the heart of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, and pursued after the sons of Israel: and the sons of Israel went out on a high hand. 9 And Egypt, they pursued after them, and all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, they overtook them camping by the sea, upon Pi Hahkiroth, to the facing of Baal Zephon.

It seems that the comparison between the two accounts of Laban pursuing Jacob and Pharaoh pursuing the Israelites provide stronger evidence that this account of Jacob leaving Padan Aram and Laban chasing and overcoming him, and knowing that sheep were being sheared in the Spring, are precursors to the time line of the Spring High Holy Days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. I will be adding these Torah portion accounts on my Passover/Unleavened Bread information webpage.



Verse twenty four

24 And Elohim came to Laban, the Aramite, in a dream of the night, and said to him, Take heed for yourself, lest you speak with Jacob from good unto evil.

Now it is 
hwhy's turn to intervene for Jacob by telling Laban to not do anything against him and stay neutral. Knowing Laban, he did not want to do that, but the Elohim of Jacob prevailed over Laban. Laban cannot take him back nor take anything back that is rightfully Jacob's.

Also 
hwhy indirectly reminded Laban that he spoke these similar words to Eliezer, Abraham's servant, to bring back his sister, Rebekah, for his master's son, Isaac, for a wife in the Torah portion of Khai-yey Sarah, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 24:50 And Laban and Bethuel answered and they said, The word has come from hwhy has come the word: we are not able to speak to you evil or good. 51 Behold, Rebekah is to your face, take her, and go, and she shall be the wife of the son of your master as which hwhy has spoken.

In other words, 
hwhy was saying to Laban "practice what you preach".



Verses twenty five through twenty eight

25 And Laban overtook ta-Jacob. And Jacob, had fastened ta-his tent on the mountain: and Laban and ta-his brothers had fastened on the Mount of the Gilead. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, and you have deceived ta-my heart, and you carried away ta-my daughters as captives of the sword? 27 To why did you secretly run away, and you deceived me; and you have not told to me, and I would have sent you away in rejoicing, and in singing among the tambourine and among the harp? 28 And you have not permitted me to kiss my to my sons and to my daughters? Now, you have been foolish doing him.

As comedian Bill Cosby says----> "Right". Oh, I bet Laban would be sending Jacob away in pomp and circumstance and fanfare, just like Laban did when he brought Eliezer to his family home with pomp and fanfare. Laban would have had a "Goodbye Party" while keeping Jacob's wives and children and servants. And then Laban would have said to Jacob "Thank you for all the wealth you gave me. I wish you well wherever you go". What a creep.



Verse thirty and thirty-one

30 And now, leaving, you have left, for longing, you have longed for the house of your father, to why have you stolen ta-my elohim? 31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, For I was afraid: for I said, Lest you forcefully take ta-your daughters from with me.

Laban would have forcefully take Jacob's wives with the help of Laban's sons and Laban's servants, knowing that Jacob would have been potentially outnumbered and sent him away penniless.



Verse thirty two

32 With whom you find ta-your elohim shall not live before our brothers: Discern for yourself what is with me and take for yourself. For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

These words Jacob said will haunt him for the rest of his life, and it is noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yishlakh, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 35:16 And they journeyed from Beth El; and was still a length of the land to come to Ephrath: and Rachel she was birthing, and she was of hard labor in her birthing. 17 And was, in her hard labor in her birthing, and the midwife, she said to her, Do you not fear; for also this shall be to you a son. 18 And was, in the going of her soul, (for died of her) and she called his name Ben Oni: and his father called to him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel, she died, and she was buried in the way to Ephrath, she is Beth Lehkem. 20 And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave: she is the pillar of the grave of Rachel unto today.

Though it didn't say, it was most likely that Jacob found out Rachel did have the house idols,
whether Jacob found out by himself or by his servants that Rachel had Laban's elohim. Either way, when Jacob realized this, and recalled this week's Torah portion's verse, and wished he didn't say it at all and would regret what he said for the rest of his life in saying this word.



Verses thirty three through thirty five

33 And Laban went in the tent of Jacob, and in the tent of Leah, and in the the tent of the two female servants; and did not find. And went out from the tent of Leah, and entered in the tent of Rachel. 34 And Rachel had taken ta-the house idols, and she put them in the saddle of the camel, and she sat upon them. And Laban felt ta-all the tent, and did not find. 35 And she said to her father, Do not be angry in the eyes of my lord, for I am not able to rise from your face; for the way of women is to me. And searched, and did not find ta-the house idols.

Jacob's statement in verse thirty two effected Rachel. Though Laban did not find them in Rachel's tent, because she was sitting on them claiming she was going through her monthly period. Even though Laban didn't find the house idols, she was not immune to Jacob's words that resulted in her fate to die. The reason she did not die then, because she declared this in the previous chapter:

Genesis 30:24 And she called ta-his name Joseph; to say, hwhy shall add to me another son.

She said this after Joseph was born. Her statement was not fulfilled until she was about to give birth to Benjamin as noted above. If she died before Benjamin was born,
Rachel's word to not have come to pass, and Benjamin would not have fit into hwhy's kingdom plan.



Verses thirty six through forty two

36 And Jacob was angry, and rebuked against Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have chased after me? 37 For you have felt ta-all my vessels. What have you found from all the vessels of your house? Set thus before my brothers and your brothers, and justify between the two of us. 38 I was with you these twenty years; Your ewes and your she goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock. 39 I did not bring to you the torn; I, I reconciled; you required her from my hand stolen by day and stolen by night. 40 And I was; in the day the dry heat consumed me, and the frost in the night; and my sleep, she departed from my eyes. 41 This was to me twenty years in your house; serving you fourteen years on your two daughters, and six years on your flocks: and you have changed ta-my wages ten weighings. 42 If not the Elohim of my father, the Elohim of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been to me, for now you would have sent me away empty. Elohim has seen ta-my affliction and ta-the labor of my palms, and were rebuked last night.

Finally, Jacob had the freedom and the ability to express his wrath against Laban.
In other words, Jacob was telling Laban how he suffered throughout the wage changes, how he repaid in equivalence from the animals that were lost, and how Laban would have sent him away and kept everything for himself that Jacob gained.

A speculation. Notice that Jacob did not accused Laban of deceiving him by giving him Leah instead of Rachel and making Jacob work seven years more. Jacob also did not get after Laban when Jacob requested the striped, speckled and spotted livestock for his wages, that Laban and his sons separated them from Jacob three days journey's distance, leaving Jacob with nothing. By rights, he could have, but he didn't.

Also, if one notices Jacob in comparison to his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham, these three were the "trifecta" of rebuking: Abraham rebuked King Abimelch, because Abimelech's servants stole water from his well; Isaac rebuked King Abimelech for kicking him out; Jacob rebukes "Pale Face" Laban for changing his wages ten times and serving him all these years.

Remember, Jacob's wife, Leah, did not begin conception until the seventh year was over, and he did not want to leave Laban's camp until Rachel bore Joseph. By then, his new wage was to take certain animals, and that did not occur until the beginning of the first of the six years of serving Laban for the flocks as mentioned above, which means that Jacob had all twelve children (not including Benjamin) within those seven years Jacob served Laban for Rachel both times.

Notice also, based in this Torah portion passage, in the previous chapter, Joseph wasn't born until the end of the second seven years, the fourteenth year, of Jacob serving Laban, before he started the six years of serving Laban again for the flocks and goats.



Verse forty three


43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons are my sons, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see, he is to me: and what can I do to these to my daughters today or to their sons whom they have birthed?

Notice that Laban did not admit or deny anything that Jacob did against him, but replied of "his own interests" by saying that those were "his" sons and daughters. Oh no, they're not. Laban revealed his true colors that he was one greedy guy by saying everything is "his". If Laban had it his way, he would have also said that Jacob was his too. In my opinion, Laban said this to get back at Jacob for, in Laban's eyes, all the spotted and variegated and brown livestock that Jacob "stole" from him. Laban also forgot that he gave his daughters and his female servants away, later to become Jacob's wives, so they belong to Jacob and not "Pale Face" Laban.




Verses forty four through forty eight

44 And now come, we will cut a covenant, me and you; and be for a witness between me and between you. 45 And Jacob took a stone and erected her of a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; And they took stones, and they made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap. 47 And Laban called to him Jegar Sahadutha: and Jacob called to him Galeed. 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and between you today. Upon thus was called his name Galeed;

Based on verse forty five, the pillar is feminine, because it is no different than a city, which also is feminine. The brethren also ate upon the heap. It must have been a big enough heap that there had to have been at least ten people to eat on it.

Laban and Jacob also ate a Food Covenant together, and as noted before, once a Food Covenant is eaten, it cannot be broken.

Looking at the following words:

JEGAR SAHADUTHA

The Hebrew word for Jegar Sahadutha is "Y'gahr Sahadootha"- Yod, Gimel, Dalet; Shin, Heh, Dalet, Vav, Tav, Aleph (
atwdhs rgy). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3026, and its defintion

(Chaldee); from a word derived from an unused root (meaning to gather) and a derivative of a root corresponding to H7717; heap of the testimony; Jegar-Sahadutha, a cairn East of the Jordan: - Jegar-Sahadutha.

Jegar

It is most likely from 1481 "gur" (
rwg), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), that is, sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid): - abide, assemble, be afraid, dwell, fear, gather (together), inhabitant, remain, sojourn, stand in awe, (be) stranger, X surely.

Sahadutha

from 7717 "saheyd" (
dhs), and its definition

From an unused root meaning to testify; a witness: - record.


GALEED

The Hebrew name for Galeed is "Gahleyd"- Gimel, Lamed, Ayin, Dalet (
delg). It is from Strong's Concordance number 1567, and its definition

From H1530 and H5707; heap of testimony; Galed, a memorial cairn East of the Jordan: - Galeed.

Gal

from 1530 "gal" (
lg), and its definition

From H1556; something rolled, that is, a heap of stone or dung (plural ruins); by analogy a spring of water (plural waves): - billow, heap, spring, wave.

from 1556 "galal"
(llg), and its definition

A primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively): - commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), run down, seek occasion, trust, wallow.

Eed

from 5707 "eyd" (
de), and its definition

From H5749 contracted; concretely a witness; abstractly testimony; specifically a recorder, that is, prince: - witness.

from 5749 "ood"
(dwe), and its definition

A primitive root; to duplicate or repeat; by implication to protest, testify (as by reiteration); intensively to encompass, restore (as a sort of reduplication): - admonish, charge, earnestly, lift up, protest, call (take) to record, relieve, rob, solemnly, stand upright, testify, give warning, (bear, call to, give, take to) witness.

Jegar Sahadutha in Aramaic and Galeed in Hebrew are the same meaning "Heap of Testimony".



Verses forty nine and fifty

49 And the Mizpah; which was said, hwhy shall watch between me and between you, for we are absent a man from his neighbor. 50 If you shall afflict ta-my daughters, and if you take wives over my daughters, no man is with us; See, Elohim is a witness between me and between you.

It was possible that when Jacob first arrived to Laban, he told Laban what Isaac told Jacob to not to take wives from the land of Canaan. Whether Laban knew it or not, he was reinforcing and defending the original covenants when Eliezer, Abraham's servant, made with Abraham,
and what Isaac said to Jacob before he left Canaan, when Laban said to Jacob not to take other wives besides his daughters, as noted in the Torah portions of Khai-yey Sarah and Toldoth, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 28:1 And Isaac called to Jacob, and blessed him, and commanded him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.

Genesis 24:2 And Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his house that ruled over all that he had, Put now, your hand under my testacles: 3 And I will make you swear in hwhy, the Elohim of the Heavens, and the Elohim of the Earth, that you shall not take a wife to my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, whom I dwell in his midst:

On top of that, Laban used Elohim as an excuse saying in many words. "I will up one more on you by saying Elohim is on my side on this matter of not having any other wives or abusing your current wives. So don't you dare do something behind by back". Laban was still trying to sidestep Jacob by using 
hwhy for his purpose. Laban hadn't change.

This was so, because Jacob was returning to Canaan, and the potential following wives would have been from Canaan which was against the commandment of Jacob's father and grandfather.

Looking at the word MIZPAH

The Hebrew word for Mizpah is "Meetspah"- Mem, Tsade, Peh, Heh (hpum). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4709, and its definition

Feminine of H4708; Mitspah, the name of two places in Palestine. (This seems rather to be only an orthographical variation of H4708 when ‘in pause’.): - Mitspah. [This seems rather to be only an orthographical variationof H4708 when “in pause”.]

from 4708 "meetspeh" (hpum), and its definition

The same as H4707; Mitspeh, the name of five places in Palestine: - Mizpeh, watch tower. Compare H4709.


from 4707 "meetspeh" (hpum), and its definition

From H6822; an observatory, especially for military purposes: - watch tower.


from 6822 "tsaphah" (hpu), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; by implication to observe, await: - behold, espy, look up (well), wait for, (keep the) watch (-man).


Mizpah means "Tower" and "Watch Tower". This was a "tower" witnessing and making sure that Laban's word toward Jacob was honored.



Verses fifty-one and fifty two

51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have pointed out between me and between you; 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I, I will not pass over ta-this heap to you, and that you, you will not pass over ta-this heap and ta-this pillar to me, for evil.

That "Heap of Testimony" was the Eastern boundary East of the Jabbok River.



Verses fifty three through fifty five

53 The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, shall judge between us. And Jacob sware in the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice on the mountain, and called to his brothers to eat bread: and they ate bread, and they lodged on the mountain. 55 And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed to his sons and to his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban left and returned to his place.

This is the second Food Covenant that could not be broken that they made together, which is not to cross beyond this pile for evil purposes. As we know, they have not crossed over that pillar for evil intent throughout their lifetime.







CHAPTER 32

Genesis 32:1-2

Gen 32:1 And Jacob went to his way, and the Messengers of Elohim met on him. 2 And Jacob said as when seeing them, This is the Camp of Elohim: And called the name of that place Mahanaim.


Why did the Messengers of Elohim meet Jacob? It sounds like they putting out a welcome home party to Jacob saying "Welcome Home, Jacob!".

Looking at the word MAHANAIM

The Hebrew name for Mahanaim is "Makhana-yeem"- Mem, Khet, Nun, Yod, Mem Sophit (
Mynxm). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4266, and its definition

Dual of H4264; double camp; Machanajim, a place in Palestine: - Mahanaim.

from 4264 "makhaneh"
(hnxm), and its definition

From H2583; an encampment (of travellers or troops); hence an army, whether literally (of soldiers) or figuratively (of dancers, angels, cattle, locusts, stars; or even the sacred courts): - army, band, battle, camp, company, drove, host, tents.


from 2583 "khanah"
(hnx), and its definition

A primitive root (compare H2603); properly to incline; by implication to decline (of the slanting rays of evening); specifically to pitch a tent; generally to encamp (for abode or siege): - abide (in tents), camp, dwell, encamp, grow to an end, lie, pitch (tent), rest in tent.

from 2603 "khannan" 
(Nnx), and its definition

A primitive root (compare H2583); properly to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (that is, move to favor by petition): - beseech, X fair, (be, find, shew) favour (-able), be (deal, give, grant (gracious (-ly), intreat, (be) merciful, have (shew) mercy (on, upon), have pity upon, pray, make supplication, X very.

Mahanaim generally means "Double Camp", because there are two camps that existed: One camp was 
hwhy's camp, which could be called "the Camp of The Heavens", and the second camp was Jacob's camp, which could be called "the Camp of The Earth", hence the camps of the Heavens and the Earth were together in that one location. It also connects with how hwhy put it in order the Heavens first and the Earth second, as noted in the Torah portion of B'reyshith, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, Elohim created ta the Heavens and ta-the Earth.



This ends the commentary on this week's Torah portion.



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