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 Genesis 30
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The Sons of Jacob

1 Now when Rachel saw that she R884 bore Jacob no children, she F539 became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, "Give R885 me children, or else I die." 2 Then Jacob's anger burned against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld R886 from you the fruit of the womb?" 3 She said, "Here R887 is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear R888 on my knees, that through R887 F540 her I too may have children." 4 So she R889 gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5 Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6 Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated R890 F541 me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son." Therefore she named him Dan. F542 7 Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 So Rachel said, "With mighty F543 wrestlings I have wrestled F544 with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed." And she named him Naphtali.

9 When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, "How F545 fortunate!" So she named him Gad. F546 12 Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said, "Happy F547 am I! For women will R891 call me happy." So she named him Asher. F548

14 Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes R892 in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes." 15 But she said to her, "Is it a small matter for you to take my husband? And would you take my son's mandrakes also?" So Rachel said, "Therefore he may lie with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes." 16 When Jacob came in from the field in the evening, then Leah went out to meet him and said, "You must come in to me, for I have surely hired you with my son's mandrakes." So he lay with her that night. 17 God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Then Leah said, "God has given me my wages F549 because I gave my maid to my husband." So she named him Issachar. 19 Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob. 20 Then Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband will F550 dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun. 21 Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.

22 Then God R893 remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened R894 her womb. 23 So she conceived and bore a son and said, "God has taken R895 away my reproach." 24 She named him Joseph, saying, "May R896 the LORD give F551 me another son."

Jacob Prospers

25 Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send R897 me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country. 26 "Give me my wives and my children for R898 whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered F552 you." 27 But Laban said to him, "If now it F553 pleases you, stay with me; I have divined that R899 the LORD has blessed me on your account." 28 He continued, F554 "Name R900 me your wages, and I will give it." 29 But he said to him, "You R901 yourself know how I have served you and how your cattle have fared F555 with me. 30 "For you had little before I F556 came and it has increased F557 to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you wherever F558 I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?" 31 So he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this one thing for me, I will again pasture and keep your flock: 32 let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled R902 and spotted sheep and every black one F559 among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages. 33 "So my honesty F560 will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. F561 Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen." 34 Laban said, "Good, F562 let it be according to your word." 35 So he removed on that day the striped and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats, every one with white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the care F563 of his sons. 36 And he put a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

37 Then Jacob took F564 fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in F565 the rods. 38 He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated F566 when they came to drink. 39 So the flocks mated F567 by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. 40 Jacob separated the lambs, and made F568 the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock. 41 Moreover, whenever the stronger F569 of the flock were F570 mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate F571 by the rods; 42 but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger F572 Jacob's. 43 So the R903 man became F573 exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.


FOOTNOTES:
F539: Lit Rachel
F540: Lit from her I too may be built
F541: Lit judged
F542: I.e. He judged
F543: Lit wrestlings of God
F544: Hebrew niphtal, related to Naphtali
F545: Lit With fortune! Some versions read Fortune has come
F546: I.e. Fortune
F547: Lit With my happiness!
F548: I.e. happy
F549: Hebrew sachar, related to Issachar
F550: Hebrew zabal, related to Zebulun. Some translate will honor
F551: Lit add to me; Hebrew Joseph
F552: Lit served
F553: Lit I have found favor in your eyes
F554: Lit said
F555: Lit been
F556: Lit me
F557: Lit broken forth
F558: Lit at my foot
F559: Lit sheep
F560: Lit righteousness
F561: Lit wages which are before you
F562: Lit Behold, would that it might be
F563: Lit hand
F564: Lit took to himself
F565: Lit on
F566: Or conceived
F567: Or conceived
F568: Lit set the faces
F569: Lit bound ones; i.e. firm and compact
F570: Or conceived
F571: Or conceive
F572: Lit bound ones; i.e. firm and compact
F573: Lit broke forth

CROSS REFERENCES:
R884: Genesis 29:31
R885: 1 Samuel 1:5,6
R886: Genesis 20:18; 29:31
R887: Genesis 16:2
R888: Genesis 50:23; Job 1:3:12
R887: Genesis 16:2
R889: Genesis 16:3,4
R890: Psalms 35:24; 43:1; Lamentations 3:59
R891: Luke 1:48
R892: Song of Solomon 7:13
R893: 1 Samuel 1:19,20
R894: Genesis 29:31
R895: Isaiah 4:1; Luke 1:25
R896: Genesis 35:17
R897: Genesis 24:54,56
R898: Genesis 29:18,20,27; Hosea 12:12
R899: Genesis 26:24; 39:3,5; Isaiah 61:9
R900: Genesis 29:15; 31:7,41
R901: Genesis 31:6
R902: Genesis 31:8
R903: Genesis 12:16; 13:2; 24:35; 26:13,14; 30:30

 
 

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