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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Genesis 29:31–30:21

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31 Now the Lord saw that Leah was 1unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.

32 Leah conceived and bore a son and named him 1Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has 2aseen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”

33 Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, “aBecause the Lord has 1heard that I am 2unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon.

34 She conceived again and bore a son and said, “Now this time my husband will become 1attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named aLevi.

35 And she conceived again and bore a son and said, “This time I will 1praise the Lord.” Therefore she named him 2aJudah. Then she stopped bearing.

Chapter 30

The Sons of Jacob

1 Now when Rachel saw that ashe bore Jacob no children, 1she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, “bGive me children, or else I die.”

2 Then Jacob’s anger burned against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has awithheld from you the fruit of the womb?”

3 She said, “aHere is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bbear on my knees, that 1athrough her I too may have children.”

4 So ashe 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 1avindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son.” Therefore she named him 2Dan.

7 Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.

8 So Rachel said, “With 1mighty wrestlings I have 2wrestled 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, “1How fortunate!” So she named him 2Gad.

12 Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.

13 Then Leah said, “1Happy am I! For women awill call me happy.” So she named him 2Asher.

14 Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found amandrakes 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 1wages 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 1will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.

21 Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.

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Lit hated

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I.e. see, a son

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Lit looked upon

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Heb shama, related to Simeon

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Lit hated

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Heb lavah, related to Levi

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Heb Jadah, related to Judah

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Heb Jehudah

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Lit Rachel

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Lit from her I too may be built

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Lit judged

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I.e. He judged

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Lit wrestlings of God

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Heb niphtal, related to Naphtali

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Lit With fortune! Some versions read Fortune has come

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I.e. Fortune

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Lit With my happiness!

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I.e. happy

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Heb sachar, related to Issachar

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Heb zabal, related to Zebulun. Some translate will honor