Give me my wives and children that I have earned by working for you, and I will leave. You know how well I have served you."
Laban said to him, "Let me say this: I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.
Name your wages, and I will pay them."
Jacob answered, "You know how I have worked for you and how your flocks have prospered under my care.
The little you had before I came has grown enormously, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I went. Now it is time for me to look out for my own interests."
"What shall I pay you?" Laban asked. Jacob answered, "I don't want any wages. I will continue to take care of your flocks if you agree to this suggestion:
Let me go through all your flocks today and take every black lamb and every spotted or speckled young goat. That is all the wages I want.
In the future you can easily find out if I have been honest. When you come to check up on my wages, if I have any goat that isn't speckled or spotted or any sheep that isn't black, you will know that it has been stolen."
Laban answered, "Agreed. We will do as you suggest."
But that day Laban removed the male goats that had stripes or spots and all the females that were speckled and spotted or which had white on them; he also removed all the black sheep. He put his sons in charge of them,
and then went away from Jacob with this flock as far as he could travel in three days. Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flocks.