Genesis 30

VIN(i) 1 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister. She said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I will die." 2 But Jacob was angry with Rachel, and said, Am I in the place of God, who has kept your body from having fruit? 3 She said: "Here is my maid Bilhah. Sleep with her, so that she can have a child for me. This way I can become a mother through her." 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5 Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son. 6 Then Rachel said, God has been my judge, and has given ear to my voice, and has given me a son; so he was named Dan. 7 And Rachel's slave woman Bilhah conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Rachel said: "I have struggled hard with my sister, and I have won!" So she named the boy Naphtali. 9 When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took Zilpah her female servant and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 And Leah's slave woman Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, "Good fortune!" And she called his name Gad. 12 And Leah's slave woman Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said, "How happy am I! For women have called me happy." So she called his name Asher. 14 During the wheat harvest Reuben went out into the fields. He found some mandrake plants. He brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah: "Please, give me some of your son's mandrake plants." 15 She said to her, "Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes, also?" Rachel said, "Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes." 16 When Jacob came in from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him. And she said, "Come in to me, for I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." And he slept with her that night. 17 God listened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Then Leah said, God has made payment to me for giving my servant-girl to my husband: so she gave her son the name Issachar. 19 And Leah conceived again, and bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Leah said: "God has presented me with a wonderful gift. This time my husband will honor me, because I have given him six sons." So she named him Zebulun. 21 And afterwards she gave birth to a daughter and called her name Dinah. 22 Then God remembered Rachel. God listened to her and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived and gave birth to a son. And she said, "God has taken away my disgrace." 24 She named him Joseph. She said: "May the LORD give me another son." 25 When Rachel gave birth to Joseph, 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. Let me depart. For you know how much service I have done for you." 27 But Laban said to him, "Please, if I have found favor in your eyes, I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you." 28 He continued: "Name your wages, and I will pay." 29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have served you, and how your livestock have fared with me. 30 "The little that you had before I came has grown to a large amount. the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. When may I do something for my own family?" 31 And he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "Do not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed your flocks and keep them. 32 "Let me go through all of your flocks today and take every speckled and spotted sheep, every black lamb, and every spotted and speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 "My honesty will speak for itself whenever you come to check on my wages. Any goat I have that is not speckled or spotted or any lamb that is not black will be considered stolen." 34 And Laban said, Let it be as you say. 35 But that day he removed the streaked and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats, all that had white on it, and every dark-colored ram, and put them in the charge of his sons. 36 And he put three days` journey between himself and Jacob. And Jacob fed the rest of Laban`s flock. 37 Then Jacob took fresh branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled white strips on them, exposing the white which was on the branches. 38 He placed these branches in front of the flocks at their drinking troughs. He put them there, because the animals mated when they came to drink. 39 So when the goats bred in front of the branches, they produced young that were streaked, 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 When the strongest 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 were weak, he did not put them in. So the weaker were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. 43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, and maid-servants and men-servants, and camels and donkeys.