Access to current version restricted. 4454 Characters =~4.5Min. Reading Time So Jacob boils over. He screams back at Laban:
JACOB Name my trespass!
LABAN (overlapping) Millions!
JACOB Name my crime that gives you the right to chase after me in hot pursuit [like I'm a criminal]!
JACOB Look! You've searched all my stuff, and what have you found from your household stuff?
JACOB Set [the contraband] here before my brothers and your brothers, so they can judge between us!
I spent the last 20 years slaving for you.
LABAN For yourSELF!
JACOB Your ewes and your goats never miscarried their young.
JACOB I never ate one ram from your flock.
JACOB Whenever one of your animals got torn-up by wild beasts, or stolen by poachers in broad daylight or [even] under cover of night, when I could do nothing to stop the thieves, I paid for it.
LABAN You stole my estate!
JACOB You made me pay for your own losses!
LABAN Because you're a loser!
JACOB This was my life: all day the drought consumed me, and the frost bit me all night.
JACOB My sleep fled from my eyes!
LABAN My idols fled from my house!
JACOB Thus I slaved for 20 years for your family.
JACOB I served you for 14 years for your two daughters— one of whom I didn't want— (glares at Leah) — and 6 years for your cattle: and you cut my wages 10 times!
JACOB If the Elohim of my father, the Elohim of Abraham, the [Almighty] feared by Isaac, hadn't been on my side, by now you would certainly have already sent me away empty-handed.
JACOB [But] Elohim saw [how you] afflicted [me and stole] the labor of my hands, [so He] rebuked you last night.
LABAN (grabs Rachel & Leah) These daughters (who you call your wives) are my daughters, my property.
Jacob jerks back his wives.
JACOB MY Property!
LABAN (grabs Joseph) And these children [you fathered] are my children.
JACOB (grabs Joseph) Mine!
LABAN (breaks a goat's neck) And these cattle are my cattle.
Jacob grabs the goat.
LABAN All that you see is mine!
Jacob lays the goat on Reuben's shoulders, lunges at Laban.
Jacob's sons back him up.
LABAN (darts from Jacob) But I'm too noble to take my daughters and the children they bore home against their will.
LABAN So come, let's you and I solemnize a covenant:
LABAN In front of witnesses, you and I [will forge a peace treaty].
So Jacob hefts a stone. He sets it up as a pillar.
JACOB (to his sons) Gather stones.
So they pick up stones.
They make a [symbolic] heap.
They eat [a feast] there [by] the heap.
LABAN (drunk, shouts) This is Jegar-sahadutha: "pile of witness!"
JACOB (raises his glass) Galeed!
LABAN [Jacob,] this heap is a witness [to the binding, enduring nature of the peace treaty] between me and you [we're making] to day.
JACOB [I pray that] Yahweh will stand guard between me and you, when we are ABSENT one from another— (winks at Rachel) —ensuring that we never try to attack each other -
LABAN If you cause my daughters pain, or if you take other wives beside my daughters, [watch out, because even when] no man [watches] us, [you have to] recognize that Elohim is witnessing [everything that occurs] between me and you.
JACOB YOU watch out!
LABAN Behold this heap, and behold this standing-stone, which I have erected between my [territory]—
Jacob positions Laban on Laban's side of the pillar.
JACOB —and yours.
LABAN This pile and this memorial stone are permanent reminders, [testifying to our agreement that] I will never go beyond this pile to you, and you will never go beyond this pile & pillar to attack me.
JACOB Good fences make good neighbors.
LABAN I invoke between us the judgement of the Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor [Snorer], the Elohim of their father Eber.
TIME LAPSE: Jacob gives 7 spotted goats in succession to Laban:
JACOB In the name of YHVH, the feared Elohim of my father Isaac, I honor this boundary!
The hill erupts in a circle-dancing celebration!
Jacob kills and cooks an animal on the mountain, everybody feasts on the ceremonial meal.
So they all eat food and stay all night partying on the mountain.
Laban dances with Leah.
Laban dances with Rachel.
Jacob pulls Rachel away.
Off they run into the night.