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Genesis 30:1–31:42

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And when Rachel saw that ashe bare Jacob no children, Rachel benvied 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 cwithheld from thee the fruit of the womb? And she said, Behold my maid dBilhah, ego in unto her; fand she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid gto wife: and Jacob went in unto her. And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath 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. When Leah saw that hshe had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and igave her Jacob to wife. 10 And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a son. 11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name ||Gad. 12 And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters kwill call me blessed: and she called his name ||Asher. 14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found lmandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes. 15 And she said unto her, mIs it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes. 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. 17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. 18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name ||Issachar. 19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. 20 And Leah said, God hath 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. 21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name ||Dinah. 22 And God nremembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and oopened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away pmy reproach: 24 And she called his name ||Joseph; and said, qThe Lord shall add to me another son.

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 my country. 26 Give me my wives and my children, rfor whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee. 27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, starry: for I have learned by experience that tthe Lord hath blessed me for thy sake. 28 And he said, uAppoint me thy wages, and I will give it. 29 And he said unto him, wThou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me. 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 xprovide for mine own house also? 31 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: 32 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 yof such shall be my hire. 33 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. 34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might 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, 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. 36 And he set three days’ journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.

37 And zJacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the agutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle bringstraked, speckled, and spotted. 40 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. 41 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. 42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s. 43 And the man cincreased exceedingly, and dhad much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and ecamels, and asses.

31 And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this aglory. And Jacob beheld bthe countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. And the Lord said unto Jacob, cReturn unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, And said unto them, dI see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father ehath been with me. And fye know that with all my power I have served your father. And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages gten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. If he said thus, hThe speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. Thus God hath itaken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me. 10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the ||rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled. 11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and kgrisled: for lI have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. 13 I am the God of Beth-el, mwhere thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: nnow arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred. 14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for ohe hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money. 16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels; 18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan. 19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s. 20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. 21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and pset his face toward the mount Gilead. 22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. 23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. 24 And God qcame to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away runawares to me, and scarried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword? 27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? 28 And hast not suffered me tto kiss my sons and my daughters? uthou hast now done foolishly in so doing. 29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the wGod of your father spake unto me xyesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore hast thou ystolen my gods? 31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me. 32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. 33 And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the two maidservants’ tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel’s furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. 35 And she …

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a

ch. 29:31.

b

See ch. 26:14.

c

See ch. 16:2.

d

ch. 29:29.

e

ch. 16:2.

f

ch. 50:23.

Heb. be built by her. So ch. 16:2.

g

ch. 16:3. Compare 35:22.

||

That is, Judging. So ch. 49:16.

Heb. wrestlings of God. See ch. 23:6.

||

That is, My wrestling.

Called, Matt. 4:13, Nephthalim.

h

ch. 29:35.

i

ver. 4. ch. 29:24.

||

That is, A troop, or, company. So ch. 49:19.

Heb. In my happiness.

k
||

That is, Happy.

l
m
||

That is, A hire.

||

That is, Dwelling.

*

Called, Matt. 4:13, Zabulon.

||

That is, Judgment. See ver. 6.

n

See ch. 8:1.

o

ch. 29:31.

p
||

That is, Adding.

q

ch. 35:17.

r

ch. 29:20, 30.

s
t

ch. 39:3, 5.

u

ch. 29:15.

w

ch. 31:6, 38, 39, 40.

Heb. broken forth. ver. 43. & ch. 28:14.

Heb. at my foot.

x
y

ch. 31:8.

Heb. to morrow. So Ex. 13:14.

z

Comp. ch. 31:8–12. Ezek. 31:8.

a

ver. 41. Ex. 2:16 (Heb.).

b

ver. 35.

c

See ver. 30.

d

ch. 13:2. & 24:35. & 26:13, 14.

e

ch. 12:16. & 24:10.

a
b

ch. 4:5.

Heb. as yesterday and the day before. So ver. 5. Ex. 5:7, 8, 14. 1 Sam. 19:7. 2 Sam. 3:17 marg. & 5:2.

c

ver. 13. ch. 28:15. & 32:9.

d

ver. 2.

e

ver. 3.

f

ver. 38–40. ch. 30:29.

g
h

ch. 30:32.

i

ver. 1.

||

Or, he goats. So ver. 12. (More correct: Num. 7:17, 23, &c.).

k

Ex. 9:18 (Heb.).

l
m

ch. 28:18, 19, 20.

n

ver. 3. ch. 32:9.

o

ch. 29:15, 20, 27.

Heb. teraphim. ver 34, 35. Judg. 17:5. & 18:14, 17, 18, 20. 1 Sam. 15:23 (Heb.). & 19:13, 16. 2 Kin. 23:24. Ezek. 21:21. Hos. 3:4. Zech. 10:2. Comp. ch. 35:2.

Heb. the heart of Laban. So ver. 26, 27.

p
q

Comp. ch. 20:3.

Heb. from good to bad So ver. 29. See ch. 24:50.

r

ver. 20, 27.

s

Heb. hast stolen me. So ver. 20, 26.

t
u
w

ver. 42. ch. 28:13.

x

ver. 24. & 29. ch. 19:34.

y

ver. 19. Judg. 18:24.

Heb. felt. ver. 37, not 35.