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Genesis 30 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Rachel saw that she could not have children for Jacob, and she became jealous of her sister. She said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!" 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 became angry with Rachel and asked, "Can I take the place of God, who has kept you from having children?" 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. She can have children for me, and I can build a family for myself through her." 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 she gave him her slave Bilhah as 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 she gave birth to a son for Jacob. 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
6 Rachel said, "Now God has judged in my favor. He has heard my prayer and has given me a son." So she named him Dan [He Judges]. 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 slave 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 have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won!" So she named him Naphtali [My Struggle]. 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 saw that she had stopped having children, she took her slave 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 slave Zilpah gave birth to a son for Jacob. 10 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11 Leah said, "I've been lucky!" So she called him Gad [Luck]. 11 Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" So she named him Gad.
12 Leah's slave Zilpah gave birth to her second son for Jacob. 12 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 Leah said, "I've been blessed! Women will call me blessed." So she named him Asher [Blessing]. 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 went out into the fields and found some mandrakes. He brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes." 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 took my husband? Are you also going to take my son's mandrakes?" Rachel said, "Very well, Jacob can go to bed with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes." 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 As Jacob was coming in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. "You are to sleep with me," she said. "You are my reward for my son's mandrakes." So he went to bed 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 answered Leah's prayer. She became pregnant and gave birth to her fifth son for Jacob. 17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 Leah said, "God has given me my reward because I gave my slave to my husband." So she named him Issachar [Reward]. 18 Then Leah said, "God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband." So she named him Issachar.
19 She became pregnant again and gave birth to her sixth son for Jacob. 19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20 Leah said, "God has presented me with a beautiful present. This time my husband will honor me because I have given him six sons." So she named him Zebulun [Honor]. 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. God answered her prayer and made it possible for her to have children. 22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.
23 So she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Then she said, "God has taken away my disgrace." 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, "God has taken away my disgrace."
24 She named him Joseph [May He Give Another] and said, "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, "Let me go home to 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 my children for whom I've worked, and let me go. You know how much 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 replied, "Listen to me. I've learned from the signs I've seen 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 he offered, "Name your wages, and I'll pay them." 28 He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."
29 Jacob responded, "You know how much work I've done for you and what has happened to your livestock under my care. 29 Jacob said to him, "You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care.
30 The little that you had before I came has grown to a large amount. The LORD has blessed you wherever I've been. When can I do something 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 Laban asked, "What should I give you?" "Don't give me anything," Jacob answered. "Instead, do something for me, then I'll go back to taking care of and watching your flocks again. 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 through all of your flocks today and take every speckled or spotted sheep, every black lamb, and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be 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 My honesty will speak for itself whenever you come to check on my wages. Any goat I have that isn't speckled or spotted or any lamb 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 answered, "Agreed. We'll do as you've said." 34 "Agreed," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said."
35 However, that same day Laban took out the striped and spotted male goats, all the speckled and spotted female goats (every one with white on it), and every black lamb. He had his sons take charge of them. 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 traveled three days away from Jacob. Jacob continued to take care of the rest of Laban's flocks. 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 fresh-cut branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled the bark on them in strips of white, uncovering the white which was on the branches. 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 placed the peeled branches in the troughs directly in front of the flocks, at the watering places where the flocks came to drink. When they were in heat and 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 they mated in front of the branches. Then they gave birth to young that were striped, speckled, or spotted. 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.
40 Jacob separated the rams from the flock and made the rest of the sheep face any that were striped or black in Laban's flocks. So he made separate herds for himself and did not add them to Laban's flocks. 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 of the flocks were in heat, Jacob would lay the branches in the troughs in front of them so that they would mate by 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 when the flocks in heat were weak, he didn't lay down the branches. So the weaker ones belonged to Laban and the stronger ones to Jacob. 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 became very wealthy. He had large flocks, male and female slaves, 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.