Genesis 31:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:33, NIV: "So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent."

Genesis 31:33, ESV: "So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he did not find them. And he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s."

Genesis 31:33, KJV: "And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent."

Genesis 31:33, NASB: "So Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the tent of the two slave women, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s tent."

Genesis 31:33, NLT: "Laban went first into Jacob's tent to search there, then into Leah's, and then the tents of the two servant wives--but he found nothing. Finally, he went into Rachel's tent."

Genesis 31:33, CSB: "So Laban went into Jacob's tent, Leah's tent, and the tents of the two concubines, but he found nothing. When he left Leah's tent, he went into Rachel's tent."

What does Genesis 31:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Laban has been warned by God not to interfere with Jacob's return to Canaan (Genesis 31:24). However, Laban has also accused Jacob of stealing his household idols, to which Jacob would have had no claim whatsoever. Neither man knows the identity of the actual thief, but Jacob has rashly invited Laban to search among all of his company's belongings. Specifically, Jacob has declared that if any of his people have Laban's house idols, that person will be killed (Genesis 31:32).

Jacob does not know, of course, that it was his cherished wife, Rachel, who stole the idols from her father and has them in her tent (Genesis 31:19). Thus begins a high-stakes search, first in Jacob's tent, then Leah's, and then Jacob's two servant wives. No house idols are found. Finally, Laban enters Rachel's tent to search for the idols. He's getting warmer, but doesn't anticipate that his daughter has learned from her father's trickery. Rachel has a scheme in mind to avoid being caught.