22Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children.23She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. “God has removed my disgrace,” she said.24And she named him Joseph, for she said, “May the LORD add yet another son to my family.”25Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country.26Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”27“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the LORD has blessed me because of you.28Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.”29Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care.30You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The LORD has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?”31“What wages do you want?” Laban asked again. Jacob replied, “Don’t give me anything. Just do this one thing, and I’ll continue to tend and watch over your flocks.32Let me inspect your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the black sheep. Give these to me as my wages.