Genesis 31:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 31:6, NIV: "You know that I've worked for your father with all my strength,"

Genesis 31:6, ESV: "You know that I have served your father with all my strength,"

Genesis 31:6, KJV: "And ye know that with all my power I have served your father."

Genesis 31:6, NASB: "You know that I have served your father with all my strength."

Genesis 31:6, NLT: "You know how hard I have worked for your father,"

Genesis 31:6, CSB: "You know that with all my strength I have served your father"

What does Genesis 31:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Rachel and Leah don't know it yet, but Jacob is making a case for why they need to immediately leave their father, Laban, to go to Jacob's people in Canaan (Genesis 28:1–5; 31:3). Jacob has said that Laban no longer favors him, but that God is with him.

Now he begins to describe why Laban's actions toward him have been unfair. First, Jacob insists on something they both know. He has worked for Laban diligently, with all of his strength. In fact, Jacob has served Laban faithfully for twenty years now. Jacob will go on to reference how Laban has cheated and mistreated him routinely over these years (Genesis 29:20–28; 30:31–43).