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Genesis 31:47-48

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31:47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, 1  but Jacob called it Galeed. 2 

31:48 Laban said, “This pile of stones is a witness of our agreement 3  today.” That is why it was called Galeed.

1 sn Jegar Sahadutha. Laban the Aramean gave the place an Aramaic name which means “witness pile” or “the pile is a witness.”

2 sn Galeed also means “witness pile” or “the pile is a witness,” but this name is Canaanite or Western Semitic and closer to later Hebrew. Jacob, though certainly capable of speaking Aramaic, here prefers to use the western dialect.

3 tn Heb “a witness between me and you.”



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