And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
-- Gen. 30:36 (KJV)
Laban was so used to Jacob taking care of the flocks that Laban left for three days. Therefore, the swerve that was about to take place was set into motion.
Numerical Analysis: The numerical pattern for this verse is 3,9,6. (3) To follow the Holy Spirit, watch who you put your trust in. (9) To overturn evil, be a good steward. (6) To expose evil, be a good steward.