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ill that if God had not taken care of him and restrained Laban's anger, he would have taken all that he had away from him.
19. What did Laban say to these words? He could make no answer, but desired that an agreement might be made: that in future they would do each other no harm.
20. Did Jacob agree to this? Yes, and the next morning Laban kissed his daughters and their children, and blessed them and returned unto his place.
V. PRACTICAL ADDRESS.
Let all uncles and nephews, attend to the particulars that are here related of Jacob and Laban. Uncles ought not to treat their ne phews hardly when they come to them in distress. If they have done that which is wrong, let them tell them of it kindly, and, belave to them in the same manner, while they remain at their houses. How many poor nephews have reason to complain of the unkind treament they meet with, from hard hearted miserly old uncles. What do their riches profit them if they do no good with them. Jacob's employment was that of keeping sheep. Let every Shepherd act in the same upright manner.
could say, "The rams of thy flock have I not eaten. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee. I bare the loss of it. In the day I was scorched by the sun, parched with thirst, and weary and fatigued. Yet I watched also in the night, and many a time have I been pinched with cold. I slept not, but watched thy flocks, lest any harm should come to them." He was careful that none of Laban's flocks should suffer by his neglect. He was honest and did not take that which was not his own, no, not even for food. He watched in all weathers and patiently suffered both heat and cold. Laban was not only an unkind uncle, but a bad master. He changed Jacob's wages ten times in the course of five years. Every - time he did this, he expected that Jacob would lose, and that he would gain by the change, but it was not so. He was unjust in requiring Jacob to make good that which was injured or lost, not by carelessness and neglect, but by accident. Such had been Laban's conduct to Jacob that he dare not tell him when he was going away, for fear he should take from him his wives and his cattle by force. How unkindly
did Laban belave to his daughters in selling them like slaves. There are many fathers like Laban; they do not care who they give their daughters to, if they are but RICH, But if there is no love, no affection, how can there be any happiness. Never endeavour to impose on any one, the cheat will be found out sooner or later. Therefore always act with candour and sincerity. Jacob was a man of peace, and though Laban was in the wrong and had greatly injured Jacob, yet he is very ready to overlook ali and to promise in the most sacied and solemn manner, that he would not at any future period, do any harm either to Laban or his children. Let all Nephews act like Jacob. Let all Uncles avoid the conduct and disposition of Laban.
Jacob and Laban.
IN Laban's character behold
A man who loves his flocks and gold,
But Jacob's God doth Jacob pay,
[Let all who lead a Shepherd's life
O may it be your joy to share
GEN. 32. 1. And Jacob went on his way, and the Angels of God met him.
AFTER Laban had departed to his place, we find that Jacob proceeded on his way towards the land of Canaan. Of Laban we hear no more, and it is much to be feared that his posterity were worshippers of Idols. They might retain a knowledge of the true God for a time, but by continually mixing with the Heathen around them, and practising the rites and ceremonies of the country. They lost it entirely they changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man, and as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind; Who having changed the truth of God into a lie, worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator. Some say that Balaam the soothsayer was a descendant of Laban; if so, he followed the example of Laban, and though he did not entirely disown the true and