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Genesis 31:41-42

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31:41 This was my lot 1  for twenty years in your house: I worked like a slave 2  for you – fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, but you changed my wages ten times! 31:42 If the God of my father – the God of Abraham, the one whom Isaac fears 3  – had not been with me, you would certainly have sent me away empty-handed! But God saw how I was oppressed and how hard I worked, 4  and he rebuked you last night.”

1 tn Heb “this to me.”

2 tn Heb “served you,” but in this accusatory context the meaning is more “worked like a slave.”

3 tn Heb “the fear of Isaac,” that is, the one whom Isaac feared and respected. For further discussion of this title see M. Malul, “More on pahad yitschaq (Gen. 31:42,53) and the Oath by the Thigh,” VT 35 (1985): 192-200.

4 tn Heb “My oppression and the work of my hands God saw.”



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