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Septuagint GENESIS / ΓΕΝΕΣΙΣ - 31

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ND Jacob heard the words of the sons of Laban, saying, Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and of our father's property has he gotten all this glory. 2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and behold it was not toward him as before. 3 And the Lord said to Jacob, Return to the land of thy father, and to thy family, and I will be with thee. 4 And Jacob sent and called Lea and Rachel to the plain where the flocks were. 5 And he said to them, I see the face of your father, that it is not toward me as before, but the God of my father was with me. 6 And ye too know that with all my might I have served your father. 7 But your father deceived me, and changed my wages for the ten lambs, yet God gave him not [power] to hurt me. 8 If he should say thus, The speckled shall be thy reward, then all the cattle would bear speckled; and if he should say, The white shall be thy reward, then would all the cattle bear white. 9 So God has taken away all the cattle of your father, and given them to me. 10 And it came to pass when the cattle conceived and were with young, that I beheld with mine eyes in sleep, and behold the he-goats and the rams leaping on the sheep and the she-goats, speckled and variegated and spotted with ash-coloured spots.

ΗΚΟΥΣΕ δὲ ᾿Ιακὼβ τὰ ρήματα τῶν υἱῶν Λάβαν λεγόντων· εἴληφεν ᾿Ιακὼβ πάντα τὰ τοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν καὶ ἐκ τῶν τοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν πεποίηκε πᾶσαν τὴν δόξαν ταύτην. 2 καὶ εἶδεν ᾿Ιακὼβ τὸ πρόσωπον τοῦ Λάβαν, καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἦν πρὸς αὐτὸν ὡσεὶ ἐχθὲς καὶ τρίτην ἡμέραν. 3 εἶπε δὲ Κύριος πρὸς ᾿Ιακώβ· ἀποστρέφου εἰς τὴν γῆν τοῦ πατρός σου καὶ εἰς τὴν γενεάν σου, καὶ ἔσομαι μετὰ σοῦ. 4 ἀποστείλας δὲ ᾿Ιακὼβ ἐκάλεσε Λείαν καὶ Ραχὴλ εἰς τὸ πεδίον, οὗ ἦν τὰ ποίμνια. 5 καὶ εἶπεν αὐταῖς· ὁρῶ ἐγὼ τὸ πρόσωπον τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστι πρὸς ἐμοῦ ὡς ἐχθὲς καὶ τρίτην ἡμέραν· ὁ δὲ Θεὸς τοῦ πατρός μου ἦν μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ. 6 καὶ αὐταὶ δὲ οἴδατε, ὅτι ἐν πάσῃ τῇ ἰσχύϊ μου δεδούλευκα τῷ πατρὶ ὑμῶν. 7 ὁ δὲ πατὴρ ὑμῶν παρεκρούσατό με καὶ ἤλλαξε τὸν μισθόν μου τῶν δέκα ἀμνῶν, καὶ οὐκ ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ ὁ Θεὸς κακοποιῆσαί με. 8 ἐὰν οὕτως εἴπῃ, τὰ ποικίλα ἔσται σου μισθός, καὶ τέξεται πάντα τὰ πρόβατα ποικίλα· ἐὰν δὲ εἴπῃ, τὰ λευκὰ ἔσται σου μισθός, καὶ τέξεται πάντα τὰ πρόβατα λευκά· 9 καὶ ἀφείλετο ὁ Θεὸς πάντα τὰ κτήνη τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν καὶ ἔδωκέ μοι αὐτά. 10 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἐνεκίσσων τὰ πρόβατα ἐν γαστρὶ λαμβάνοντα, καὶ εἶδον τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς μου ἐν τῷ ὕπνῳ, καὶ ἰδοὺ οἱ τράγοι καὶ οἱ κριοὶ ἀναβαίνοντες ἐπὶ τὰ πρόβατα καὶ τὰς αἶγας διάλευκοι καὶ ποικίλοι καὶ σποδοειδεῖς ραντοί.

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