Genesis 31:27

“Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore didst thou flie away secretly, and steale away from me, and didst not tell mee? that I might haue sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harpe,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with timbrel and with lyre;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore didst thou flee secretly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth and with songs, with tabret and with harp;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Why did you make a secret of your flight, not giving me word of it, so that I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with melody and music?
- Basic English Bible

Why didst thou flee away covertly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have conducted thee with mirth and with songs, with tambour and with harp;
- Darby Bible

Why didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
- Webster's Bible

Why did you flee secretly, and deceive me, and didn't tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs, with tambourine and with harp;
- World English Bible

Why hast thou hidden thyself to flee, and deceivest me, and hast not declared to me, and I send thee away with joy and with songs, with tabret and with harp,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Wherefore didst thou flee secretly, and outwit me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth and with songs, with tabret and with harp;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 31:27


31:27 I might have sent thee away with mirth and with songs, with tabret and with harp - Not as Rebekah was sent away out of the same family above one hundred and twenty years before, with prayers and blessings, but with sport and merriment; which was a sign that religion was much decayed in the family.


Discussion for Genesis 31

  • Rocky
    Holy means,things that have to do with God.thus you have the story of one Gods Favorites Jacob,there are more twist and turns in this story than espionage movie.
  • Olatunji Matthew for verse 36
    You don 't ask for freedom but you fight for it
  • MARLENE SARGENT for verse 15
    Laban was A deceitful man Jacob was very wise in dealing with his cheating lying ways... Rachel wanted to get even stole his idols.. A chip off the family tree...
  • The begining of the world.
  • HLE
    Rachel stole the idols, images or household gods of her father. We should not be quick to judge her. She did not die in childbirth because of the stolen idols. Like her, we all will eventually die. But if we understand the culture and the thinking of the people at that era then we would not condemn the innocent with the guilty. In those days the images or household gods were the treasured possession of the family. The head of the household inherits the images and thus inherits everything. When Rachel stole the images she was merely taking what belong to her, Leah and the children, that is, the rights of her inheritance. Whoever has the images owns everything in the house. To prevent the lose of his property Laban pursued Jacob to recover the images. Upon not finding them, he came up with another strategy to protect himself - making a covenant with Jacob and setting a boundary in Gilead with God as the mediator, protector and executor. Laban was such a schemer that he made Jacob looks like a saint. You will find David taking the gods of the Philistine, thus claiming ownership and title deed of the land of the Philistine. The Philistine taking the Ark of the Covenant backfired on them. Nebuchadnezzar did not find any idols in the temple at Jerusalem, and the Ark of the Covenant was stolen away out of Judah by the Levitical priests, so he had to settle with the golden vessels from the temple, which vessels were returned by Cyrus the great. JESUS reclaimed what was stolen from Adam by the enemy and as the Son of Man without sin was the legitimate heir to the world. That is the reason why no one but Him was worthy to take the scroll and break open the seals. The scroll is the title deed to the world, which includes all people, nations, tongues and races. JESUS owns them all, but only those who own Him as their Lord and Savior will inherit all things with Him. The blessings of the Lord JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God, be with you all.
  • Timothy Wayne George
    Mizpah means watch tower, and God is going to watch over their affairs one between the other when they are absent. Nothing done in the secret will be kept from the light. Jesus said you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. God has commanded all men every where to repent, the Greek word metanoia which means to change your mind about Jesus. There is only one way to the Father, and it is by the name of Jesus.

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