Genesis 30:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:29, NIV: "Jacob said to him, 'You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care."

Genesis 30:29, ESV: "Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me."

Genesis 30:29, KJV: "And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me."

Genesis 30:29, NASB: "But Jacob said to him, 'You yourself know how I have served you and how your livestock have fared with me."

Genesis 30:29, NLT: "Jacob replied, 'You know how hard I've worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care."

Genesis 30:29, CSB: "So Jacob said to him, "You know how I have served you and how your herds have fared with me."

What does Genesis 30:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has demanded that Laban allow him to leave, to take his wives and children and return to his own people (Genesis 30:25). Instead, Laban has suggested that they strike a new deal. The implication is that Jacob will be without any property of his own if he were to leave at this point. As a servant in Laban's household, legal practice of the time would have suggested that everything in Jacob's family belonged to the master—including the wives and children. Without permission, more than likely, any attempt by Jacob to leave could have been seen as an act of theft.

Now Jacob begins to make a proposal of his own. He starts by asking Laban to admit that he knows both that Jacob has served faithfully and that Laban's livestock have thrived under his care. This seems to be the motivation for most of Laban's actions: personal prosperity.