26 And Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done, that you have stolen away my heart and carried away my daughters like captives with a sword?
27 Why did you flee secretly and trick me, and did not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with laughter and songs, with tambourine and lyre?
28 And why did you not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters goodbye? Now you have acted foolishly.
29 It is in my power to do damage to you. But the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’
30 And now you have escaped because you longed greatly for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?”
31 Jacob answered and said to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.
32 Anyone with whom you find your gods shall not stay alive. In the presence of our relatives point out what I have that is yours, and take it.” But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah’s tent and entered Rachel’s.
34 But Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel’s saddle and sat on them. Laban felt all about the tent, but did not find them.
35 And she said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me.” So he searched but did not find the teraphim.
36 So Jacob became angry and berated Laban. Jacob said to Laban, “What is my offense? What is my sin, that you have angrily chased me?
37 For you have felt through all my goods; what have you found of all your household items? Set it here before my brothers and your brothers, so that they may decide between us two.
taking the moral high ground
Nothing feeds conflict like the assurance that you are in the right. Both Jacob and Laban took the moral high ground here. Both were convinced that they were wronged, and both were correct. Knowing what they do not, I am struck by how easy it was for them to assume that the fault was not shared. Actually, God was working behind the scenes to protect each of them from the other.
LORD, give us the wisdom to see both sides of an argument. May we seek peace, even with those who have wronged us.