Now when Rachelsaw that 1she boreJacobno children, ashe becamejealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, "2Give me children, or else I die."
Then Jacob'sangerburned against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has 3withheld from you the fruit of the womb?"
She said, "4Here is my maidBilhah, go in to her that she may 5bear on my knees, that b6through her I too may havechildren."
So 7she gave him her maidBilhah as a wife, and Jacobwent in to her.
5Bilhahconceived and boreJacob a son.
Then Rachelsaid, "God has c8vindicated me, and has indeedheard my voice and has given me a son." Therefore she named him dDan.
7Rachel'smaidBilhahconceivedagain and boreJacob a secondson.
So Rachelsaid, "With emightywrestlings I have fwrestled with my sister, and I have indeedprevailed." And she named him Naphtali.
When Leahsaw that she had stoppedbearing, she took her maidZilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
10Leah'smaidZilpahboreJacob a son.
Then Leahsaid, "gHow fortunate!" So she named him hGad.
12Leah'smaidZilpahboreJacob a secondson.
Then Leahsaid, "iHappy am I! For women9will call me happy." So she named him jAsher.
Now in the days of wheatharvestReubenwent and found10mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his motherLeah. Then Rachelsaid to Leah, "Pleasegive me some of your son'smandrakes."
But she said to her, "Is it a smallmatter for you to take my husband? And would you take my son'smandrakesalso?" So Rachelsaid, "Therefore he may lie with you tonight in return for your son'smandrakes."
When Jacobcame in from the field in the evening, then Leahwent out to meet him and said, "You must come in to me, for I have surelyhired you with my son'smandrakes." So he lay with her that night.
17Godgaveheed to Leah, and she conceived and boreJacob a fifthson.
Then Leahsaid, "God has given me my kwagesbecause I gave my maid to my husband." So she named him Issachar.
19Leahconceivedagain and bore a sixthson to Jacob.
Then Leahsaid, "God has endowed me with a goodgift; now my husbandlwill dwell with me, because I have borne him sixsons." So she named him Zebulun.
21Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
Then 11GodrememberedRachel, and Godgaveheed to her and 12opened her womb.
So she conceived and bore a son and said, "God has 13takenaway my reproach."
She named him Joseph, saying, "14May the LORDmgive me anotherson."
Now it came about whenRachel had borneJoseph, that Jacobsaid to Laban, "15Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country.
26"Give me my wives and my children16for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourselfknow my servicewhich I have nrendered you."
But Labansaid to him, "Ifnowoit pleases you, stay with me; I have divined17that the LORD has blessed me on your account."
He pcontinued, "18Name me your wages, and I will give it."
But he said to him, "19You yourselfknowhow I have served you and how your cattle have qfared with me.
"For you hadlittlebeforerI came and it has sincreased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you twherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own householdalso?"
So he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacobsaid, "You shall not give me anything. If you will dothis one thing for me, I will againpasture and keep your flock:
let me pass through your entireflocktoday, removing from thereevery20speckled and spottedsheep and everyblackuone among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.
"So my vhonesty will answer for me later , when you comeconcerning my wwages. Everyone that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen."
34Labansaid, "xGood, let it be according to your word."
So he removed on that day the striped and spottedmalegoats and all the speckled and spottedfemalegoats, everyone with white in it, and all the blackones among the sheep, and gave them into the ycare of his sons.
And he put a distance of threedays'journeybetween himself and Jacob, and Jacobfed the rest of Laban'sflocks.
Then Jacobztookfreshrods of poplar and almond and planetrees, and peeledwhitestripes in them, exposing the whitewhich was aain the rods.
He set the rodswhich he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the wateringtroughs, where the flockscame to drink; and they bbmated when they came to drink.
So the flocksccmated by the rods, and the flocksbroughtforthstriped, speckled, and spotted.
40Jacobseparated the lambs, and ddmade the flocksfacetoward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herdsapart, and did not put them with Laban'sflock.
Moreover, whenever the eestronger of the flockffwere mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might ggmate by the rods;
but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and the hhstrongerJacob's.
So 21the maniibecameexceedinglyprosperous, and hadlargeflocks and female and maleservants and camels and donkeys.