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30:1,2 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel
envied her sister and said unto Jacob, Give me children or else I die.
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?
30:3-8 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. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife. And Jacob went in
unto her. And Bilhah conceived and bare Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God
has judged me and has also heard my voice and has given me a son. Therefore
called she his name Dan.
And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again and bare Jacob
a second son. And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with
my sister and I have prevailed and she called his name Naphtali.
30:9,10 When Leah saw that she had left
bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her Jacob to wife. And Zilpah
Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.
30:11 And Leah said, A troop.(original
for word 'troop' means 'a good thing', 'good fortune').comes.
And she called his name Gad.
30:12,13 And Zilpah.Leah's
maid bare Jacob a second son. And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters
will call me blessed. And she called his name Asher.
30:14,15 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 your son's mandrakes. And she said unto
her, Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband?
And would you take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore
he shall lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes..(Rachel
who usually now slept with Jacob, was giving her sister Leah a turn in
bed with him in exchange for the mandrakes)
30:16 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.
30:20 And Leah said, God has endued me with a good dowry; now will
my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons. And she called
his name Zebulun.
30:22 And God remembered Rachel and God hearkened to her and opened
30:23 And she conceived and bare a son and said, God hath taken away
30:24 And she called his name Joseph and said, The Lord shall add to
me another son.
30:25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob
said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place and to
30:26 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.
30:27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour
in thine eyes, tarry. For I have learned by experience that the Lord hath
blessed me for thy sake.
30:28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages and I will give it.
30:29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee and
how thy cattle was with me.
30:30 For it was little which thou hadst 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?
30:31,32 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. I will pass through all thy flock to day,
removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle and all the brown
cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and
of such shall be my hire.
30:33,34 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.(we'll
just count these ones as if they were mine). And Laban said,
Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
30:35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and
spotted and all the she goats 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.
30:36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob. And
Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
30:37,38 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar and of the hazel and
chestnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear
which was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had pilled 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.
30:39-42 And the flocks conceived before the rods and brought forth
cattle ringstraked, speckled and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs
and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked and all the brown
in the flock of Laban and he put his own flocks by themselves and put them
not unto Laban's cattle. And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle
did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in
the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle
were feeble, he put them not in. So the feebler were Laban's and the stronger
30:43 And the man Jacob increased exceedingly and had much cattle and
maidservants and menservants and camels and asses.