hebrew
1)

What did Yakov mean when he replied "You know how I worked on your behalf? How did this counter Lavan's statement?

1.

Seforno: Yakov was saying that he should stop ascribing his successes to divination, which is rooted in Mazal, but rather to his (Yakov's) hard work, borne of experience, and intense efforts. 1

2.

Ramban: Lavan knew well how hard he (Yakov) had worked for him. 2

3.

Bechor Shor: This is a reason to give to me a big wage. (Also, when will I do for my family?!)

4.

Malbim: Do not think that you owe me merely for 14 years of work. There are four reasons why I deserve more. (a) I did not word normally, rather, day and night


1

As described briefly in the following phrases (refer to 30:29:2:1) and as he himself will describe in more detail at the end of the Parshah (See 31:38-40) .

2

Refer to 30:29:1:1*.

2)

What did he mean when he added "and what your livestock were with me"?

1.

Seforno: He was referring to the way that he had bound the animals with broken limbs and healed those that were sick, as befits a good shepherd.

2.

Targum Yonasan: He was reminding Lavan how well he had looked after his sheep.

3.

Rashi: He was asking Lavan to recall how few sheep he had handed him (and to note how many they had now become). 1

4.

Ramban: Yakov made three statements here: He reminded Lavan (a) How hard he had worked for him; (b) How long he had faithfully looked after his sheep; (c) How the few sheep that Lavan initially handed him had proliferated - thanks to Hashem's B'rachah.

5.

Malbim: Even though it was your flock, they were with me - as if it was my own flock. Ha'Emek Davar


1

See Ramban, who queries the order of the wording in the Pasuk according to Rashi.

3)

What did Yakov mean when he added "and what your livestock were with me"?

1.

Seforno: He was referring to the way that he had bound the animals with broken limbs and healed those that were sick, as befits a good shepherd.

2.

Targum Yonasan: He was reminding Lavan how well he had looked after his sheep.

3.

Rashi: He was asking Lavan to recall how few sheep he had handed him (and to note how many they had now become). 1

4.

Ramban: Yakov made three statements here: He reminded Lavan 1. How hard he had worked for him; 2. How long he had faithfully looked after his sheep; 3. How the few sheep that Lavan initially handed him had proliferated - thanks to Hashem's B'rachah.


1

See Ramban, who queries the order of the wording in the Pasuk according to Rashi.

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