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Genesis 30 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Rachel saw that she wasn't having any children, she became jealous of her sister. "Give me children, or I'll die!" she exclaimed to Jacob. 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 flew into a rage. "Am I God?" he asked. "He is the only one able to give you children!" 2 Jacob became angry with her and said, "Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?"
3 Then Rachel told him, "Sleep with my servant, Bilhah, and she will bear children for me." 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 him Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob slept with her. 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,
5 Bilhah became pregnant and presented him with a son. 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
6 Rachel named him Dan, for she said, "God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son." 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 Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son. 7 Rachel's servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 Rachel named him Naphtali, for she said, "I have had an intense struggle with my sister, and I am winning!" 8 Then Rachel said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won." So she named him Naphtali.
9 Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn't getting pregnant anymore, so she gave her servant, Zilpah, to Jacob to be 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 Soon Zilpah presented him with another son. 10 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11 Leah named him Gad, for she said, "How fortunate I am!" 11 Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" So she named him Gad.
12 Then Zilpah produced a second son, 12 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 and Leah named him Asher, for she said, "What joy is mine! The other women will consider me happy indeed!" 13 Then Leah said, "How happy I am! The women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.
14 One day during the wheat harvest, Reuben found some mandrakes growing in a field and brought the roots to his mother, Leah. Rachel begged Leah to give some of them to her. 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 But Leah angrily replied, "Wasn't it enough that you stole my husband? Now will you steal my son's mandrake roots, too?"Rachel said, "I will let him sleep with you tonight in exchange for the mandrake roots." 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 So that evening, as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me tonight!" she said. "I have paid for you with some mandrake roots my son has found." So Jacob slept with her. 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 And God answered her prayers. She became pregnant again and gave birth to her fifth son. 17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 She named him Issachar, for she said, "God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband as a wife." 18 Then Leah said, "God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband." So she named him Issachar.
19 Then she became pregnant again and had a sixth son. 19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20 She named him Zebulun, for she said, "God has given me good gifts for my husband. Now he will honor me, for I have given him six sons." 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 Later 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's plight and answered her prayers by giving her a child. 22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.
23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. "God has removed my shame," she said. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, "God has taken away my disgrace."
24 And she named him Joseph, for she said, "May the LORD give me yet another son." 24 She named him Joseph, and said, "May the LORD add to me another son."
25 Soon after Joseph was born to Rachel, Jacob said to Laban, "I want to go back home. 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 Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them from you, and let me be on my way. You know I have fully paid for them with my service to 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 "Please don't leave me," Laban replied, "for I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because you are here. 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 How much do I owe you? Whatever it is, I'll pay it." 28 He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."
29 Jacob replied, "You know how faithfully I've served you through these many years, and how your flocks and herds have grown. 29 Jacob said to him, "You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care.
30 You had little indeed before I came, and your wealth has increased enormously. The LORD has blessed you from everything I do! But now, what about me? When should I provide for my own family?" 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 "What wages do you want?" Laban asked again.Jacob replied, "Don't give me anything at all. Just do one thing, and I'll go back to work for you. 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 Let me go out among your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the dark-colored sheep. Give them to me as my wages. 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 This will make it easy for you to see whether or not I have been honest. If you find in my flock any white sheep or goats that are not speckled, you will know that I have stolen them from you." 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 "All right," Laban replied. "It will be as you have said." 34 "Agreed," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said."
35 But that very day Laban went out and removed all the male goats that were speckled and spotted, the females that were speckled and spotted with any white patches, and all the dark-colored sheep. He placed them in the care of 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 and they took them three days' distance from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for 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 Now Jacob took fresh shoots from poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled off strips of the bark to make white streaks on them. 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 Then he set up these peeled branches beside the watering troughs so Laban's flocks would see them as they came to drink, for that was when they mated. 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 So when the flocks mated in front of the white-streaked branches, all of their offspring were streaked, speckled, and spotted. 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.
40 Jacob added them to his own flock, thus separating the lambs from Laban's flock. Then at mating time, he turned the flocks toward the streaked and dark-colored rams in Laban's flock. This is how he built his flock from Laban's. 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 stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob set up the peeled branches in front of them. 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 do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were 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 As a result, Jacob's flocks increased rapidly, and he became very wealthy, with many 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.