Genesis 30-31 Darby’s Translation

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30 1  And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. 2  And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, Am I in God's stead, who has withheld from thee the fruit of the womb? 3  And she said, Behold, there is my maid, Bilhah: go in to her, in order that she may bear on my knees, and I may also be built up by her. 4  And she gave him Bilhah her maidservant as wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5  And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son. 6  And Rachel said, God has done me justice, and has also heard my voice, and given me a son; therefore she called his name Dan. 7  And Bilhah Rachel's maidservant again conceived, and bore Jacob a second son. 8  And Rachel said, Wrestlings of God have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed; and she called his name Naphtali. 9  And when Leah saw that she had ceased to bear, she took Zilpah her maidservant and gave her to Jacob as wife. 10  And Zilpah Leah's maidservant bore Jacob a son. 11  And Leah said, Fortunately! and she called his name Gad. 12  And Zilpah Leah's maidservant bore Jacob a second son. 13  And Leah said, Happy am I; for the daughters will call me blessed! and she called his name Asher.

14  And Reuben went out in the days of wheat-harvest, and found mandrakes in the fields; and he brought them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes. 15  And she said to her, Is it [too] little that thou hast taken my husband, that thou wilt take my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son's mandrakes. 16  And when Jacob came from the fields in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in to me, for indeed I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night. 17  And God hearkened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18  And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have given my maidservant to my husband; and she called his name Issachar. 19  And Leah again conceived, and bore Jacob a sixth son; 20  and Leah said, God has endowed me with a good dowry; this time will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. And she called his name Zebulun. 21  And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah. 22  And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb. 23  And she conceived, and bore a son, and said, God has taken away my reproach. 24  And she called his name Joseph; and said, Jehovah will add to me another son.

The Trickery of Laban and Jacob

25  And it came to pass when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my place and to my country. 26  Give [me] my wives for whom I have served thee, and my children; that I may go away, for thou knowest my service which I have served thee. 27  And Laban said to him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes—I have discovered that Jehovah has blessed me for thy sake. 28  And he said, Appoint to me thy wages, and I will give it. 29  And he said to him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and what thy cattle has become with me. 30  For it was little that thou hadst before me, and it is increased to a multitude, and Jehovah has blessed thee from the time I came; and now, when shall I also provide for my house? 31  And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me anything. If thou doest this for me, I will again feed [and] keep thy flock: 32  I will pass through all thy flock to-day, to remove thence all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and [that] shall be my hire. 33  And my righteousness shall answer for me hereafter, when thou comest about my hire, before thy face: all that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, let that be stolen with me. 34  And Laban said, Well, let it be according to thy word. 35  And he removed that day the he-goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white in it, and all the brown among the lambs, and gave [them] into the hand of his sons. 36  And he put three days' journey between himself and Jacob. And Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flock.

37  And Jacob took fresh rods of white poplar, almond-tree, and maple; and peeled off white stripes in them, uncovering the white which was on the rods. 38  And he set the rods which he had peeled before the flock, in the troughs at the watering-places where the flock came to drink, and they were ardent when they came to drink. 39  And the flock was ardent before the rods; and the flock brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. 40  And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flock toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he made himself separate flocks, and did not put them with Laban's flock. 41  And it came to pass whensoever the strong cattle were ardent, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might become ardent among the rods; 42  but when the sheep were feeble, he put [them] not in; so the feeble were Laban's, and the strong Jacob's. 43  And the man increased very, very much, and had much cattle, and bondwomen, and bondmen, and camels, and asses.

31 1  And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and of what was our father's he has acquired all this glory. 2  And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as previously. 3  And Jehovah said to Jacob, Return into the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. 4  And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the fields to his flock, 5  and said to them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as previously; but the God of my father has been with me. 6  And you know that with all my power I have served your father. 7  And your father has mocked me, and has changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. 8  If he said thus; The speckled shall be thy hire, then all the flocks bore speckled; and if he said thus: The ringstraked shall be thy hire, then all the flocks bore ringstraked. 9  And God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me. 10  And it came to pass at the time of the ardour of the flocks, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams that leaped upon the flocks were ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. 11  And the Angel of God said to me in a dream, Jacob! And I said, Here am I. 12  And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see: all the rams that leap upon the flock are ringstraked, speckled, and spotted; for I have seen all that Laban does to thee. 13  I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, where thou vowedst a vow to me. Now arise, depart out of this land, and return to the land of thy kindred. 14  And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? 15  Are we not reckoned of him strangers? for he has sold us, and has even constantly devoured our money. 16  For all the wealth that God has taken from our father is ours and our children's; and now whatever God has said to thee do.

Jacob Flees from Laban

17  And Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels, 18  and carried away all his cattle, and all his property that he had acquired—the cattle of his possessions that he had acquired in Padan-Aram, to go to Isaac his father, into the land of Canaan. 19  And Laban had gone to shear his sheep. And Rachel stole the teraphim that [belonged] to her father. 20  And Jacob deceived Laban the Syrian, in that he did not tell him that he fled. 21  And he fled with all that he had; and he rose up and passed over the river, and set his face [toward] mount Gilead. 22  And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled. 23  And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey, and overtook him on mount Gilead. 24  And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, Take care thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

25  And Laban came up with Jacob; and Jacob had pitched his tent on the mountain; Laban also with his brethren pitched on mount Gilead. 26  And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast deceived me, and hast carried away my daughters as captives of war? 27  Why didst thou flee away covertly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have conducted thee with mirth and with songs, with tambour and with harp; 28  and hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now thou hast acted foolishly. 29  It would be in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take care that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 30  And now that thou must needs be gone, because thou greatly longedst after thy father's house, why hast thou stolen my gods? 31  And Jacob answered and said to Laban, I was afraid; for I said, Lest thou shouldest take by force thy daughters from me. 32  With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, he shall not live. Before our brethren discern what is thine with me, and take [it] to thee. But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them. 33  And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two handmaids' tents, and found nothing; and he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent. 34  Now Rachel had taken the teraphim and put them under the camel's saddle; and she sat upon them. And Laban explored all the tent, but found nothing. 35  And she said to her father, Let it not be an occasion of anger in the eyes of my lord that I cannot rise up before thee, for it is with me after the manner of women. And he searched carefully, but did not find the teraphim.

36  And Jacob was angry, and he disputed with Laban. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my fault, what my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? 37  Whereas thou hast explored all my baggage, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? Set [it] here before my brethren and thy brethren, and let them decide between us both. 38  These twenty years have I been with thee: thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock I have not eaten. 39  What was torn I have not brought to thee; I had to bear the loss of it: of my hand hast thou required it, [whether] stolen by day or stolen by night. 40  Thus it was with me: in the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from mine eyes. 41  I have been these twenty years in thy house: I have served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy flock; and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 42  Had not the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, been with me, it is certain thou wouldest have sent me away now empty. God has looked upon my affliction and the labour of my hands, and has judged last night.

43  And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons are my sons, and the flock is my flock, and all that thou seest is mine; but as for my daughters, what can I do this day to them, or to their sons whom they have brought forth? 44  And now, come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be a witness between me and thee. 45  And Jacob took a stone, and set it up [for] a pillar. 46  And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones. And they took stones, and made a heap, and ate there upon the heap. 47  And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed. 48  And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed, 49  —and Mizpah; for he said, Let Jehovah watch between me and thee, when we shall be hidden one from another: 50  if thou shouldest afflict my daughters, or if thou shouldest take wives besides my daughters,—no man is with us; see, God is witness between me and thee! 51  And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar which I have set up between me and thee: 52  [let] this heap be witness, and the pillar a witness, that neither I pass this heap [to go] to thee, nor thou pass this heap and this pillar [to come] to me, for harm. 53  The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us! And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. 54  And Jacob offered a sacrifice upon the mountain, and invited his brethren to eat bread: and they ate bread, and lodged on the mountain. 55  And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban went and returned to his place.

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