Genesis 31:51–55 (ESV)
Jacob Flees from Laban
51 Then Laban said to Jacob, “See this heap and the pillar, which I have set between you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness,
that I will not pass over this heap to you, and you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, to do harm. 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.”
So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac, 54 and Jacob offered a sacrifice in the hill country and called his kinsmen to eat bread. They ate bread and spent the night in the hill country.
55 Early in the morning Laban arose and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned home.
Deception leads to dispute between relatives, which threatens to break out into open warfare. Such an outcome is avoided because God steps
in. Family feuds, often fueled by deceit, continue to plague relationships today. We need God to step into our lives, into our families. In Him and in His Word there is no deceit. Trust Him to forgive the contrite sinner and to quiet the angry heart. Go to
Christ for pardon and for peace.
“Grant peace in mercy, Lord, we pray,
Peace in our time, O send us! For there is none on earth but thee, None other to defend us. Only thou, Lord, canst fight for us.” Amen
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 66). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.