Genesis 30 New American Standard Bible

30 1  Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister ; and she said to Jacob , " Give me children , or else e I die ." 2  Then Jacob's anger burned against Rachel , and he said , "Am I in the place of God , who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb ?" 3  She said , " Here is my maid Bilhah , go in to her that she may bear on my knees , that through her I too may have children ." 4  So she 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 me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son ." Therefore e she named him Dan . 7  Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son . 8  So Rachel said , "With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled 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 fortunate !" So she named him Gad . 12  Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son . 13  Then Leah said , "Happy am I! For women will call me happy ." So she named him Asher .

14  Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes 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 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 dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons ." So she named him Zebulun . 21  Afterward she bore a daughter and named e her Dinah . 22  Then God remembered Rachel , and God gave heed to her and opened her womb . 23  So she conceived and bore a son and said , "God has taken away my reproach ." 24  She named e him Joseph , saying , " May the Lord give me another son ."

The Trickery of Laban and Jacob

25  Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph , that Jacob said to Laban , " Send me away , that I may go to my own place and to my own country . 26  "Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart ; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you." 27  But Laban said to him, "If now it pleases e you, stay with me; I have divined that the Lord has blessed me on your account ." 28  He continued , " Name me your wages , and I will give it." 29  But he said to him, " You yourself know how e I have served you and how e your cattle have fared with me. 30  "For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude , and the Lord has blessed you wherever 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 and spotted sheep and every black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats ; and such shall be my wages . 33  "So my honesty will answer for me later e , when you come concerning my wages . 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 , 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 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 fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees , and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in 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 when they came to drink . 39  So the flocks mated by the rods , and the flocks brought forth striped , speckled , and spotted . 40  Jacob separated the lambs , and made 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 of the flock were mating , Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters , so that they might mate 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 Jacob's . 43  So the man became exceedingly prosperous , and had large flocks and female and male servants e and camels and donkeys .

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