YOḆELIM 29 (Jubilee 29)

1 And it came to be when Raḥĕl had borne Yosĕph, that Laḇan went to shear his sheep, for they were distant from him three days’ journey.

2 And Ya’aqoḇ saw that Laḇan was going to shear his sheep, and Ya’aqoḇ called Lĕ’ah and Raḥĕl, and spoke kindly to them that they should come with him to the land of Kena’an.

3 For he told them how he had seen it all in a dream, even all that He had spoken to him that he should return to his father’s house. And they said, “To every place where you go, we shall go with you.”

4 And Ya’aqoḇ baraḵ the Elohim of Yitsḥaq his father, and the Elohim of Aḇraham his father’s father. And he arose and mounted his wives and his children, and took all his possessions and crossed the river, and came to the land of Gil’aḏ, but Ya’aqoḇ hid his intention from Laḇan and did not tell him.

5 And in the seventh year of the fourth week Ya’aqoḇ turned toward Gil’aḏ in the first month, on the twenty-first. And Laḇan pursued after him and overtook Ya’aqoḇ in the mountain of Gil’aḏ in the third month, on the thirteenth.

6 But 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 did not allow him to injure Ya’aqoḇ, for He appeared to him in a dream by night. And Laḇan spoke to Ya’aqoḇ.

7 And on the fifteenth of those days Ya’aqoḇ made a feast for Laḇan, and for all who came with him, and Ya’aqoḇ swore to Laḇan that day, and Laḇan also to Ya’aqoḇ, that neither should cross the mountain of Gil’aḏ to the other with evil purpose.

8 And he made there a heap for a witness; therefore the name of that place is called Yeḡar Sahaḏutha, after this heap.

9 But before they used to call the land of Gil’aḏ the land of the Repha’im; for it was the land of the Repha’im, and the Repha’im were born giants whose height was ten, nine, eight down to seven ammah.

10 And their dwelling was from the land of the children of Ammon to Mount Ḥermon, and the seats of their reign were Qarnayim and Ashtaroth, and Eḏre’i, and Mits’ar, and Be’on.

11 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 destroyed them because of the evil of their deeds; for they were very evil, and the Amorites dwelt in their place – wicked and sinful – and there is no people today which has filled all their sins, and they have no longer length of life on the earth.

12 And Ya’aqoḇ sent Laḇan away, and he departed to Aram-Naharayim, the land of the East, and Ya’aqoḇ returned to the land of Gil’aḏ.

13 And he passed over the Yabboq in the ninth month, on the eleventh. And on that day Ĕsaw, his brother, came to him, and he was reconciled to him, and departed from him to the land of Sĕ’ir, but Ya’aqoḇ dwelt in tents.

14 And in the first year of the fifth week in this Yoḇĕl he crossed the Yardĕn, and dwelt beyond the Yardĕn, and he pastured his flocks from the Sea of Ayath to Bĕyth She’an, and to Dothan and to the Ascent of Aqrabbim.

15 And he sent to his father Yitsḥaq of all his substance, garments, and food, and meat, and drink, and milk, and butter, and cheese, and some dates of the wadi.

16 And to his mother Riḇqah also four times a year, between the times of the months, between ploughing and reaping, and between fall and the rain and between winter and spring, to the tower of Aḇraham.

17 For Yitsḥaq had returned from Be’ĕrsheḇa and gone up to the tower of his father Aḇraham, and he dwelt there apart from his son Ĕsaw.

18 For in the days when Ya’aqoḇ went to Aram-Naharayim, Ĕsaw took a wife, Maḥalath, the daughter of Yishma’ĕl, and he gathered together all the flocks of his father and his wives, and went up and dwelt on Mount Sĕ’ir, and left Yitsḥaq his father at Be’ĕrsheḇa alone.

19 And Yitsḥaq went up from Be’ĕrsheḇa and dwelt in the tower of Aḇraham his father on the mountains of Ḥeḇron,

20 And there Ya’aqoḇ sent all that he sent to his father and his mother from time to time – all they needed – and they baraḵ Ya’aqoḇ with all their heart and with all their being.