New International Version
So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead.
King James Bible
So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
Darby Bible Translation
And he fled with all that he had; and he rose up and passed over the river, and set his face [toward] mount Gilead.
World English Bible
So he fled with all that he had. He rose up, passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gilead.
Young's Literal Translation
and he fleeth, he and all that he hath, and riseth, and passeth over the River, and setteth his face toward the mount of Gilead.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Passed over the river - The Euphrates, as the Targum properly notices. But how could he pass such a river with his flocks, etc.? This difficulty does not seem to have struck critics in general. The rabbins felt it, and assert that God wrought a miracle for Jacob on this occasion, and that he passed over dry shod. As we know not in what other way he could pass, it is prudent to refer it to the power of God, which accompanied him through the whole of his journey. There might, however, have been fords well known to both Jacob and Laban, by which they might readily pass.
The mount Gilead - What the ancient name of this mountain was, we know not; but it is likely that it had not the name of Gilead till after the transaction mentioned Genesis 31:47. The mountains of Gilead were eastward of the country possessed by the tribes of Reuben and Gad; and extended from Mount Hermon to the mountains of Moab - Calmet. It is joined to Mount Libanus, and includes the mountainous region called in the New Testament Trachonitis - Dodd.
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Of no less importance and significance is the passage Gen. xxxi. 11 seq. According to ver. 11, the Angel of God, [Hebrew: mlaK halhiM] appears toJacob in a dream. In ver. 13, the same person calls himself the God of Bethel, with reference to the event recorded in chap. xxviii. 11-22. It cannot be supposed that in chap xxviii. the mediation of a common angel took place, who, however, had not been expressly mentioned; for Jehovah is there contrasted with the angels. In ver. 12, we read: "And behold …
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Epistle Xlix. To Anastasius, Bishop of Antioch .
Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away.
On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
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