Genesis 30:42

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.

Read Genesis 30:42 Using Other Translations

But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
But he didn’t do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob’s.

What does Genesis 30:42 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 30:42

And when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in
Or "when covered", as Menachem, that is, with wool, and so not so desirous of copulation with the males, nor so fit and strong for generation; and therefore he put not in the rods into the gutters, partly that he might have none feeble in his flock, and partly that he might not spoil Laban of his whole flock, strong and weak: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's;
not only his flocks became more numerous than Laban's, but were a better quality.

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