Genesis 31:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:14, NIV: "Then Rachel and Leah replied, 'Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father's estate?"

Genesis 31:14, ESV: "Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father’s house?"

Genesis 31:14, KJV: "And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?"

Genesis 31:14, NASB: "Rachel and Leah said to him, 'Do we still have any share or inheritance in our father’s house?"

Genesis 31:14, NLT: "Rachel and Leah responded, 'That's fine with us! We won't inherit any of our father's wealth anyway."

Genesis 31:14, CSB: "Then Rachel and Leah answered him, "Do we have any portion or inheritance in our father's family?"

What does Genesis 31:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has made the case to his wives, Rachel and Leah, about why they must move away from their father's household and travel back to the land of his people (Genesis 31:3). He laid out the facts in such a way as to gain their support for this move. Jacob's case began with Laban's history of scheming and trickery (Genesis 31:4–9), and ended with Jacob's direct communication from God (Genesis 31:10–13).

Now Rachel and Leah respond, revealing that they will, indeed, support Jacob in this. They start by answering what Jacob probably assumed was to be their main objection: that a move away from their father would cause them to miss out on a future inheritance. In the form of a question, they reveal that they never expected to receive anything else from Laban, anyway. As the following verses reveal, they have no financial reason to stay near their homeland.

Even more dramatically, the following verses will show that Leah and Rachel feel just as cheated as Jacob does. They see how their father's actions were taken for his benefit, not theirs, proving that they have no real reason to stay. Despite their bitter rivalry (Genesis 30:8), Laban's greed is crystal clear, even to his own daughters.