Genesis 30:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:26, NIV: "Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you.'"

Genesis 30:26, ESV: "Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.”"

Genesis 30:26, KJV: "Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee."

Genesis 30:26, NASB: "Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you.'"

Genesis 30:26, NLT: "Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.'"

Genesis 30:26, CSB: "Give me my wives and my children that I have worked for, and let me go. You know how hard I have worked for you.""

What does Genesis 30:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's agreed upon time of service to Laban is up. He has met his commitment to work for his father-in-law another seven years after marrying Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29:18–30). Jacob is ready to take his expansive family and return to his homeland.

He began in the previous verse by saying to Laban, "Send me away." Now Jacob continues, "Give me." The text seems to want us to catch that Jacob is taking a firm tone with Laban. He is aware that Laban will likely not want to lose Jacob's productivity or his closeness to his daughters and grandchildren. He is also aware that Laban can be tough and tricky when he wants something—and prone to outrageous levels of deceit.

Joseph states clearly that he has met the terms of their agreement. He also demands clearly that Laban give to him his wives and children in exchange for all of his service. It's possible there may have been a legal question about whether, as an indentured servant of sorts to his uncle, Jacob would have been entitled to possession of his own wife and children when leaving service to his "master."