Genesis 31:44

“Now therefore come thou, let vs make a couenant, I and thou: and let it be for a witnesse betweene me and thee.”

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Other Translations

Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
- King James Version

"So now come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And now come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Come, let us make an agreement, you and I; and let it be for a witness between us.
- Basic English Bible

And now, come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be a witness between me and thee.
- Darby Bible

Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
- Webster's Bible

Now come, let us make a covenant, you and I; and let it be for a witness between me and you."
- World English Bible

and now, come, let us make a covenant, I and thou, and it hath been for a witness between me and thee.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And now come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 31:44


31:44 Let us make a covenant - It was made and ratified with great solemnity, according to the usages of those times. A pillar was erected, and a heap of stones raised, to perpetuate the memory of the thing, writing being then not known. A sacrifice was offered, a sacrifice of peace - offerings. They did eat bread together, jointly partaking of the feast upon the sacrifice. This was in token of a hearty reconciliation. Covenants of friendship were anciently ratified by the parties eating and drinking together. They solemnity appealed to God concerning their sincerity herein; As a witness, #Ge 31:49|. The Lord watch between me and thee - That is, the Lord take cognizance of every thing that shall be done on either side in violation of this league. As a judge, The God of Abraham, from whom Jacob was descended, and The God of Nahor, from whom Laban was descended, the God of their father, the common ancestor from whom they were both descended, judge betwixt us. God's relation to them is thus expressed, to intimate that they worshipped one and the same God, upon which consideration there ought to be no enmity betwixt them. Those that have one God should have one heart: God is judge between contending parties, and he will judge righteously, whoever doth wrong it is at their peril. They gave a new name to the place, #Ge 31:47|,48. Laban called it in Syriac, and Jacob in Hebrew, The heap of witness. And #Ge 31:49|, it was called Mizpah, a watch - tower. Posterity being included in the league, care was taken that thus the memory of it should be preserved. The name Jacob gave this heap stuck by it, Galeed, not the name Laban gave it.


Discussion for Genesis 31

  • John
    So here is a firm covenant, before Jehovah, that the border of Syria and Israel is on the mount Gilead? The Golan Heights are much further north? Mmm.
  • John
    Stuff the noun in this early modern context should be associated with the verb and interpreted as their furnishing. Stuffing in the sense of a mattress or pillow、 slang is a misnomer in language it is a class based assessment not a linguistic reality. One of my reasons for reading KJB is for etymology and early modern context since becoming an English teacher overseas and encountering US English
  • BSP
    Verse 5- even when our family members fail to be there for us we can count on Jehovah God being there for us if we draw lose to him.
  • Stan jett
    Leslie: Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without the Turkey and the 'stuffings." (jk) We say stuff all the time down south and we also say Ya'll.
  • A disciple
    Leigh (cont.); "..Did I miss something?" Abraham came into the land of Canaan by God's direction, to pass his days as a stranger and a pilgrim in a country that was to be given to him in the future; and as a watcher and a holy one to be a witness of the ungodly nation which God was about to take away. Jacob knew the high and holy calling of God on his family though his wife lagged a little behind.
  • A disciple
    Leigh; The relatives of Jacob were nothing like the Canaanites, even if they were infected with idols: they were not the same kind that Moses later wrote about, who did every abomination that the LORD hates and therefore had God judged to have them completely and utterly exterminated from the earth. There are nations and people today that simply don't know any better, and the Lord will have mercy.

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