Looking to help your church and family stay connected to the Word while social distancing?
Check out our free church library, church online resources, and family resources.
You have not started any reading plans.
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife.e Jacob slept with her,f 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me;g he has listened to my plea and given me a son.”h Because of this she named him Dan.a i
9 When Leahm saw that she had stopped having children,n she took her servant Zilpaho and gave her to Jacob as a wife.p 10 Leah’s servant Zilpahq bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!”c So she named him Gad.d r
15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enoughx that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?”
“Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”y
16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”z So he slept with her that night.
19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor,d because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.g e
21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.f
22 Then God remembered Rachel;g he listened to herh and enabled her to conceive.i 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a sonj and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”k 24 She named him Joseph,h l and said, “May the Lord add to me another son.”m
25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my wayn so I can go back to my own homeland.o 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you,p and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”
27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,q please stay. I have learned by divinationr that the Lord has blessed me because of you.”s 28 He added, “Name your wages,t and I will pay them.”
29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for youu and how your livestock has fared under my care.v 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been.w But now, when may I do something for my own household?x”
“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat.y They will be my wages.z 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored,a will be considered stolen.b”
34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs,c and he placed them in the care of his sons.d 36 Then he put a three-day journeye between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.
37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almondf and plane treesg and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.h 38 Then he placed the peeled branchesi in all the watering troughs,j so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heatk and came to drink, 39 they mated in front of the branches.l And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.m 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animalsn that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat,o Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,p 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.q 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.r
About The New International Version
The NIV is the world’s most read and trusted contemporary English Bible translation. It follows the principle of "dynamic equivalence" to ensure crystal clear understandable English. The NIV is the most readable English Bible ever produced.
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 Biblica, Inc.™
Used by Permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“New International Version” and “NIV” are registered trademarks of Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission.
The NIV® text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page as follows:
“Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.”
The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
When quotations from the NIV® text are used by a local church in non-saleable media such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, overhead transparencies, or similar materials, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NIV®) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Any commentary or other biblical reference work produced for commercial sale, that uses the NIV® text must obtain written permission for use of the NIV® text.
Permission requests for commercial use within the USA and Canada that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by The Zondervan Corporation, 5300 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530, USA. www.Zondervan.com
Permission requests for commercial use within the UK, EU and EFTA that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, United Kingdom. www.Hodder.co.uk
Permission requests for non-commercial use that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Biblica US, Inc., 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA. www.Biblica.com
Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers printed in this Bible are offered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of the Bible.