|Genesis 30 |
1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister, and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I will die!"
2 And Jacob became angry with Rachel and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld children from you?"
3 And she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; lay with her, and she shall deliver it upon my knees, so that I may also have children through her."
4 And she gave him Bilhah her maid as a wife, and Jacob lay with her.
5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
6 Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me, and has heard my voice and has given me a son; therefore she called his name Dan [He has vindicated]."
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, "With great wrestlings in prayer I have wrestled with my sister and I have prevailed; and she called him Naphtali [Wrestling]."
9 Now when Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her Jacob as a wife.
10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, "Good fortune has come; and she called him Gad [Fortune]."
12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, "I am happy, for women will call me blessed; and she called him Asher [Happy]."
14 Now Reuben went at the time of wheat harvest and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Give me, I pray you, some of your son's mandrakes."
15 But Leah said to her, "Is it not enough that you have taken my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes also?" And Rachel said, "Jacob will lie with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes."
16 So when Jacob came out of the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, "You must lie with me, for surely I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." And he lay with her that night.
17 And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob her fifth son.
18 And Leah said, "God has given me my reward, because I have given my maid to my husband; and she called him Issachar [Reward]."
19 And Leah conceived again and bore Jacob her sixth son.
20 And Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good dowry; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have born him six sons; and she called him Zebulun [Dwelling]."
21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her Dinah.
22 Then God remembered Rachel and God listened to her and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived and bore a son; and said, "God has taken away my reproach.
24 And she called his name Joseph [May he add] and said, "May the LORD add another son to me."
25 Now it came to pass, after Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, so that I may go to my own place and country.
26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know the work that I have done for you."
27 And Laban said to him, "I pray you, if I have found favor in your eyes, stay; for I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake."
28 And he said, "Name me your wages, and I will give it."
29 And he said to him, "You know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me.
30 For you had little before I came, and it has now increased to a multitude; and the LORD has blessed you since my coming. But when shall I also provide for my own house?"
31 And Laban said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this one thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flock:
32 Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from them all the speckled and spotted animal and all the black ones among the sheep, and all the spotted and speckled ones among the goats. They will be my wages.
33 Thus my righteousness will answer for me in the future, when my wages are brought before you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and black among the sheep, will be counted as stolen if they are found with me."
34 And Laban said, "Behold, let it be done as you say."
35 But that day Laban removed all the he goats that were streaked and spotted and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had some white on it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons.
36 And he put a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob; and Jacob was left with the rest of Laban's flocks.
37 But Jacob took branches of green poplar and hazel and chestnut trees and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white that was in the branches.
38 Then he set the branches that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the watering troughs when they came to drink. And since they mated when they came to drink,
39 The flocks conceived in sight of the branches and brought forth animals that were streaked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Jacob separated these lambs, but made the rest of flock face toward the streaked and black animals in the flock of Laban. Then he put his own flocks by themselves, and did not put them with Laban's livestock.
41 And it came to pass, whenever the stronger animals were mating, that Jacob laid the branches before the eyes of the animals in the troughs, so that they might conceive among the branches.
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he did not put the branches in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.
43 Thus Jacob became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, and maidservants, menservants, camels, and donkeys.
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