Genesis 30 (Third Millennium Bible)

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1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said unto Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die." 2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, "Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?" 3 And she said, "Behold my maid Bilhah. Go in unto her, and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her." 4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid for a wife; and Jacob went in unto her. 5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6 And Rachel said, "God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice and hath given me a son." Therefore she called his name Dan [that is, Judging]. 7 And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 And Rachel said, "With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed." And she called his name Naphtali [that is, My wrestling]. 9 When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob for a wife; 10 and Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a son. 11 And Leah said, "A troop cometh." And she called his name Gad [that is, A troop or company]. 12 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, "Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed." And she called his name Asher [that is, Happy]. 14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes." 15 But she said unto her, "Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? And wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also?" And Rachel said, "Therefore he shall lie with thee tonight, for thy son's mandrakes." 16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him and said, "Thou must come in unto me, for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes." And he lay with her that night. 17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob the fifth son. 18 And Leah said, "God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband." And she called his name Issachar [that is, A hire]. 19 And Leah conceived again and bore Jacob the sixth son. 20 And Leah said, "God hath endued me with a good dowry. Now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons." And she called his name Zebulun [that is, Dwelling]. 21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah [that is, Judgment]. 22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived and bore a son, and said, "God hath taken away my reproach." 24 And she called his name Joseph [that is, Adding], and said, "The LORD shall add to me another son." 25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, "Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place and to my country. 26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served thee, and let me go; for thou knowest my service which I have done thee." 27 And Laban said unto him, "I pray thee, if I have found favor in thine eyes, tarry; for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake." 28 And he said, "Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it." 29 And he said unto him, "Thou knowest how I have served thee and how thy flocks have been with me. 30 For it was little which thou had before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming. And now, when shall I provide for mine own house also?" 31 And he said, "What shall I give thee?" And Jacob said, "Thou shalt not give me any thing. If thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock: 32 I will pass through all thy flock today, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted animals, and all the brown animals among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and of such shall be my hire. 33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me." 34 And Laban said, "Behold, I would it might be according to thy word." 35 And he removed that day the hegoats that were ringstreaked and spotted, and all the shegoats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. 36 And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob; and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks. 37 And Jacob took rods of green poplar and of the hazel and chestnut tree, and peeled white strips in them and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38 And he set the rods which he had peeled before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth animals ringstreaked, speckled and spotted. 40 And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstreaked and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not with Laban's flocks. 41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger animals conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the animals in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. 42 But when the animals were feeble, he put them not in; so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. 43 And the man increased exceedingly and had large flocks, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and asses.
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