Genesis 31:37 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:37, NIV: "Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us."

Genesis 31:37, ESV: "For you have felt through all my goods; what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsmen and your kinsmen, that they may decide between us two."

Genesis 31:37, KJV: "Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both."

Genesis 31:37, NASB: "Though you have searched through all my property, what have you found of all your household property? Set it here in front of my relatives and your relatives, so that they may decide between the two of us."

Genesis 31:37, NLT: "You have rummaged through everything I own. Now show me what you found that belongs to you! Set it out here in front of us, before our relatives, for all to see. Let them judge between us!"

Genesis 31:37, CSB: "You've searched all my possessions! Have you found anything of yours? Put it here before my relatives and yours, and let them decide between the two of us."

What does Genesis 31:37 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is finally expressing all of his frustration to Laban, laying out exactly how his father-in-law has mistreated him for the last twenty years. He starts with Laban's false accusation about the stealing of his house idols. Of course, it was not completely false. Accusing Jacob was unwise, since Jacob was not involved in the theft. Jacob does not know that his wife, Rachel, actually did steal her father's house idols (Genesis 31:19). Nor does he know that she sat on them in her tent in order to deceive Laban from finding them (Genesis 31:34–35).

Jacob fully and sarcastically expresses his rage, demanding that Laban set in front of the witnesses the stolen goods he claimed Jacob had taken from him. Jacob knows Laban doesn't have anything to show. He is demonstrating how (apparently) false Laban's accusation really was. Given the opportunity to hammer Laban for a dishonorable act, one which Laban cannot defend, Jacob does not hold back.