Be careful what you say

Genesis Bible Background

Old Testament: Gen 31.32

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 31–32 on January 13, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Jacob and his family fled from his father-in-law’s home, but then Laban chased after Jacob and when he caught up to him, he accused Jacob of having taken his gods. Then Moses wrote:

“With whomever you find your gods, do not let him live. In the presence of our brethren, identify what I have of yours and take it with you.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

– Genesis 31.32

Was Jacob ready for his beloved Rachel to die? Was Laban ready for his beloved daughter to die?

Jacob was not thinking, but I am sure that we can all relate to that, for there have been many times when we all affirmed something without thinking about it beforehand.


  • Have you committed yourself to something before thinking it through first?
  • What did you do about it later?

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