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Generation No. 23

Laban

Born: in Haran

Died: Abt. 1690 BC in Haran

Father: Bethuel

 

Wife: Adinah

 

Children:

 

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Notes for Beor:

His name in Hebrew is:  בעור Be’ôwr (beh-ore’) Strongs #: 1160; lamp

When Beor was seventeen, Laban sent him and his cousin to Esau to complain to him about Jacob. (12)

Notes for Alib & Chorash:

Only mentioned in Jasher 30:18.

Notes for Laban:

His name in Hebrew is: לבן Lâbân (law-bawn’) Strongs #: 3837; white.

Laban is first mentioned in Scripture when Abraham’s servant Eliezer came to Haran looking for a wife for Isaac.   (1)   Laban only welcomed Eliezer with kindness only after he saw the jewelry that was on his sister Rebecca’s hands.

Years later, (after the birth of his daughters Leah and Rachel) Laban’s nephew Jacob came to Haran while fleeing from his brother Esau and worked for him for fourteen years for a dowry for his two daughters, Leah and Rachel.  (2)  Then Jacob worked for an additional six years for his wages by taking all of Laban’s stock that was speckled and spotted.  (3)

Jacob wanted to head back to Canaan, so while Laban was shearing sheep, Jacob departed with his wives and children without saying good-bye to Laban because Jacob thought that Laban would take his daughters away from him.

Laban was an idol worshiper although he also worshipped Yahvah, and when Jacob was leaving, Rachel stole the idols since she didn’t want her father to use the idols to find out where Jacob went.  (4)

Upon Laban’s return to his house, he found Jacob gone as well as his idols, so he consulted with some other idols and found out where Jacob was at met up with him 300 miles south of Haran near the Mount of Gilead.  (5)

Laban was rather wroth with Jacob for leaving without saying goodbye, but Jacob was upset with Laban for searching through his things for his idols and accusing Jacob of stealing them.  Jacob was also upset at having his wages changed ten times during the time he worked for him. (6)

When things got smoothed out between Jacob and Laban on how Jacob may treat his daughters or if he should get more wives, they erected a heap of stones for a covenant between the two and then had dinner there.  Laban called the heap “Jegar-sahadutha” which is the Chaldean name for “heap of witnesses.”  However, Jacob called it “Galeed” which is the Hebrew name for the same meaning.  (7)

Laban returned home after making this covenant with Jacob but he sent his teenaged son Beor and cousin Abichorof on ahead of Jacob to meet with Jacob’s brother Esau and complained to him about Jacob and told him to meet with Jacob and do anything he desired to Jacob.  (8)   However, through Yahvah nothing disastrous happened to Jacob.

After this event nothing more is mentioned of him until his death when Yahvah smote him because he transgressed the covenant that existed between him and Jacob. (9)

 

 

Notes for Adinah:

Her name in Hebrew is: עדינא‘Ãdîynâ’ (ad-ee-naw’) Strongs #: 5721; effeminacy.

She is only mentioned once Jasher (10), but not in the Bible.  She was barren for some time and finally had two twin daughters, Leah and Rachel.  After Leah and Rachel, she had several sons after that.  (11)

(Bethuel, Nahor, Terah, ...)

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