Laban (Lay´buhn; Heb., “white” or “pale”)

1 An unknown location east of the Jordan connected with the Israelites’ wilderness wandering (Deut 1:1); some scholars identify it with Libnah (Num 33:20). 2 A member of Abraham’s ancestral family through Nahor, Abraham’s brother; he was the brother of Rebekah and father of Leah and Rachel (Gen 24:24; Gen 24:29; Gen 29:16). Rebekah sends her son Jacob to Laban to escape the anger of Esau and to find a wife from among the family clan group of Laban (Gen 27:43-28:5). He is tricked by Laban into fourteen years of labor in return for marriages to his two daughters. Jacob, however, outwits Laban by getting him to agree to give him oddly marked animals, which turn out to be the bulk of the flock (Gen 30:25-43).

Deut 1:1

Events at Horeb Recalled
1These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan—in the wilderness, on the plain opposite Suph, between Paran and ... View more

Num 33:20

20They set out from Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.

Gen 24:24

24She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.”

Gen 24:29

29Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran out to the man, to the spring.

Gen 29:16

16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

Gen 27:43-28:5

43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran,44and stay with him a while, until your brother's fury turns away—45until your ... View more

Gen 30:25-43

Jacob Prospers at Laban's Expense
25When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.26Give me my wive ... View more

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