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Genesis 30 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Rachel realized that she could bear Jacob no children, Rachel became jealous of her sister and said to Jacob, "Give me children! If you don't, I may as well be dead." 1 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!"
2 Jacob was angry at Rachel and said, "Do you think I'm God? God alone has kept you from giving birth!" 2 Jacob became angry with her and said, "Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?"
3 She said, "Here's my servant Bilhah. Sleep with her, and she will give birth for me. Because of her, I will also have children." 3 Then she said, "Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family."
4 So Rachel gave her servant Bilhah to Jacob as his wife, and he slept with her. 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,
5 Bilhah became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Jacob. 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
6 Rachel said, "God has judged in my favor, heard my voice, and given me a son." So she named him Dan. 6 Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son." Because of this she named him Dan.
7 Rachel's servant Bilhah became pregnant again and gave birth to a second son for Jacob. 7 Rachel's servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 Rachel said, "I've competed fiercely with my sister, and now I've won." So she named him Naphtali. 8 Then Rachel said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won." So she named him Naphtali.
9 When Leah realized that she had stopped bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as his wife. 9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
10 Leah's servant Zilpah gave birth to a son for Jacob, 10 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11 and Leah said, "What good luck!" So she named him Gad. 11 Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" So she named him Gad.
12 Leah's servant Zilpah gave birth to a second son for Jacob, 12 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 and Leah said, "I'm happy now because women call me happy." So she named him Asher. 13 Then Leah said, "How happy I am! The women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.
14 During the wheat harvest, Reuben found some erotic herbs in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Give me your son's erotic herbs." 14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."
15 Leah replied, "Isn't it enough that you've taken my husband? Now you want to take my son's erotic herbs too?" Rachel said, "For your son's erotic herbs, Jacob may sleep with you tonight." 15 But she said to her, "Wasn't it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son's mandrakes too?" "Very well," Rachel said, "he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes."
16 When Jacob came back from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, "You must sleep with me because I've paid for you with my son's erotic herbs." So he slept with her that night. 16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me," she said. "I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." So he slept with her that night.
17 God responded to Leah. She became pregnant and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob. 17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 Leah said, "God gave me what I paid for, what I deserved for giving my servant to my husband." So she named him Issachar. 18 Then Leah said, "God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband." So she named him Issachar.
19 Leah became pregnant again and gave birth to a sixth son for Jacob, 19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20 and she said, "God has given me a wonderful gift. Now my husband will honor me since I've borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun. 20 Then Leah said, "God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.
21 After this, she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah. 21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
22 Then God remembered Rachel, responded to her, and let her conceive. 22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.
23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, "God has taken away my shame." 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, "God has taken away my disgrace."
24 She named him Joseph, saying to herself, May the LORD give me another son. 24 She named him Joseph, and said, "May the LORD add to me another son."
25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me off so that I can go to my own place and my own country. 25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland.
26 Give me my wives and children whom I've worked for, and I will go. You know the work I've done for you." 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you."
27 Laban said to him, "Do me this favor. I've discovered by a divine sign that the LORD has blessed me because of you, 27 But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you."
28 so name your price and I will pay it." 28 He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."
29 Jacob said to him, "You know how I've worked for you, and how well your livestock have done with me. 29 Jacob said to him, "You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care.
30 While in my care, what little you had has multiplied a great deal. The LORD blessed you wherever I took your livestock. Now, when will I be able to work for my own household too?" 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?"
31 Laban said, "What will I pay you?" Jacob said, "Don't pay me anything. If you will do this for me, I will take care of your flock again, and keep a portion. 31 "What shall I give you?" he asked. "Don't give me anything," Jacob replied. "But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them:
32 I will go through the entire flock today, taking out all of the speckled and spotted sheep, all of the black male lambs, and all of the spotted and speckled female goats. That will be my price. 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages.
33 I will be completely honest with you: when you come to check on our agreement, every female goat with me that isn't speckled or spotted and every male lamb with me that isn't black will be considered stolen." 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen."
34 Laban said, "All right; let's do it." 34 "Agreed," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said."
35 However, on that very day Laban took out the striped and spotted male goats and all of the speckled and spotted female goats—any with some white in it—and all of the black male lambs, and gave them to his sons. 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons.
36 He put a three-day trip between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was watching the rest of Laban's flock. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban's flocks.
37 Then Jacob took new branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees; and he peeled white stripes on them, exposing the branches' white color. 37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.
38 He set the branches that he had peeled near the watering troughs so that they were in front of the flock when they drank, because they often mated when they came to drink. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,
39 When the flock mated in front of the branches, they gave birth to striped, speckled, and spotted young. 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.
40 Jacob sorted out the lambs, turning the flock to face the striped and black ones in Laban's flock but keeping his flock separate, setting them apart from Laban's flock. 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban's animals.
41 Whenever the strongest of the flock mated, Jacob put the branches in front of them near the watering troughs so that they mated near the branches. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,
42 But he didn't put branches up for the weakest of the flock. So the weakest became Laban's and the strongest Jacob's. 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.
43 The man Jacob became very, very rich: he owned large flocks, female and male servants, camels, and donkeys. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and donkeys.