And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall your wages be?…
1. Honest, gracious souls dare not be idle when they do but visit friends. Jacob.
2. Laborious men in God's fear will want no hirers; Laban looks after such a servant.
3. Labans are first motioners for Jacobs; the covetous masters for honest servants.
4. The most unrighteous men may grant principles of equity which they never mean to practice. So Laban.
5. The faithful servant and labourer is worthy of his due reward. A brother servant that is faithful is worthy of any wages reasonably to be expected (ver. 15).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?