Genesis 30



Jacob's Children

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

1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

1 Rachel noticed that she was not bearing children for Jacob, so because she envied her sister Leah, she told Jacob, "If you don't give me sons, I'm going to die!"

1 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I will die!

2 Then Jacob's anger burned against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?"

2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

2 That made Jacob angry with Rachel, so he asked her, "Can I take God's place, who has not allowed you to conceive?"

2 And Jacob became very angry with Rachel and he said, Am I in God's stead, Who has denied you children?

3 She said, "Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children."

3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

3 Rachel responded, "Here's my handmaid Bilhah. Go have sex with her. She can bear children on my knees so I can have children through her."

3 And she said, See here, take my maid Bilhah and have intercourse with her; and [when the baby comes] she shall deliver it upon my knees, that I by her may also have children.

4 So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

4 So Rachel gave Jacob her woman servant Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob had sex with her.

4 And she gave him Bilhah her maid as a [secondary] wife, and Jacob had intercourse with her.

5 Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.

5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.

5 Bilhah conceived and bore a son for Jacob.

5 And Bilhah became pregnant and bore Jacob a son.

6 Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son." Therefore she named him Dan.

6 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.

6 Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me! He has heard my voice and has given me a son." Therefore, she named him Dan.

6 And Rachel said, God has judged and vindicated me, and has heard my plea and has given me a son; so she named him Dan [judged].

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

7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.

7 Rachel's servant conceived again and bore a second son for Jacob,

7 And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.

8 So Rachel said, "With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed." And she named him Naphtali.

8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

8 so Rachel said, "I've been through a mighty struggle with my sister and won." She named him Naphtali.

8 And Rachel said, With mighty wrestlings [in prayer to God] I have struggled with my sister and have prevailed; so she named him [this second son Bilhah bore] Naphtali [struggled].

9 When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.

9 When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing children, she took her woman servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

9 When Leah saw that she had ceased to bear, she gave Zilpah her maid to Jacob as a [secondary] wife.

10 Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.

10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.

10 Leah's servant Zilpah bore a son to Jacob,

10 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a son.

11 Then Leah said, "How fortunate!" So she named him Gad.

11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.

11 and Leah exclaimed, "How fortunate!" So she named him Gad.

11 Then Leah said, Victory and good fortune have come; and she named him Gad [fortune].

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

12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.

12 Later, Leah's servant Zilpah bore a second son for Jacob.

12 Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob [her] second son.

13 Then Leah said, "Happy am I! For women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.

13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.

13 She said, "How happy I am, because women will call me happy!" So she named him Asher.

13 And Leah said, I am happy, for women will call me blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied); and she named him Asher [happy].

14 Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."

14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes 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.

14 Some time later, during the wheat harvest season, Reuben went out and found some mandrakes in the field and brought them back for his mother Leah. Then Rachel told Leah, "Please give me your son's mandrakes."

14 Now Reuben went at the time of wheat harvest and found some mandrakes (love apples) in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray you, 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."

15 And she said unto her, Is 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.

15 In response, Leah asked her, "Wasn't it enough that you've taken away my husband? Now you also want to take my son's mandrakes!" But Rachel replied, "Okay, let's let Jacob sleep with you tonight in exchange for your son's mandrakes."

15 But [Leah] answered, Is it not enough that you have taken my husband without your taking away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Jacob shall sleep with you tonight [in exchange] 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.

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.

16 When Jacob came in from the field that evening, Leah went to meet him and told him, "You're having sex with me tonight. I traded my son's mandrakes for you!" So he slept with her that night.

16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him and said, You must sleep with me [tonight], for I have certainly paid your hire with my son's mandrakes. So he slept with her that night.

17 God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.

17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.

17 God heard what Leah had said, so she conceived and bore a fifth son for Jacob.

17 And God heeded Leah's [prayer], and she conceived and bore Jacob [her] fifth son.

18 Then Leah said, "God has given me my wages because I gave my maid to my husband." So she named him Issachar.

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.

18 Then Leah said, "God has paid me for giving my servant to my husband as his wife." So she named him Issachar.

18 Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have given my maid to my husband; and she called his name Issachar [hired].

19 Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob.

19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.

19 Later, Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son for Jacob.

19 And Leah became pregnant again and bore Jacob [her] sixth son.

20 Then Leah said, "God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.

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.

20 Then Leah said, "God has given me a good gift. This time my husband will exalt me, because I've borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.

20 Then Leah said, God has endowed me with a good marriage gift [for my husband]; now will he dwell with me [and regard me as his wife in reality], because I have borne him six sons; and she named him Zebulun [dwelling].

21 Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.

21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

21 After that, Leah conceived, bore a daughter, and named her Dinah.

21 Afterwards she bore a daughter and called her Dinah.

22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb.

22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.

22 Then God remembered Rachel. He listened to her and opened her womb,

22 Then God remembered Rachel and answered her pleading and made it possible for her to have children.

23 So she conceived and bore a son and said, "God has taken away my reproach."

23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:

23 so she conceived, bore a son, and remarked, "God has removed my shame."

23 And [now for the first time] she became pregnant and bore a son; and she said, God has taken away my reproach, disgrace, and humiliation.

24 She named him Joseph, saying, "May the LORD give me another son."

24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.

24 Because she had been asking, "May God give me another son," she named him Joseph.

24 And she called his name Joseph [may he add] and said, May the Lord add to me another son.

Jacob's Prosperity

25 Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country.

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.

25 After Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob told Laban, "Send me off so that I can go back to my place and country.

25 When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my own place and country.

26 "Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you."

26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.

26 Give me my wives and children for whom I've served you. Then I'll leave, since you're aware of my service to you."

26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know the work which I have done for you.

27 But Laban said to him, "If now it pleases you, stay with me; I have divined that the LORD has blessed me on your account."

27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.

27 Then Laban responded, "If I've found favor in your sight, please stay with me, because I've learned through divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you.

27 And Laban said to him, If I have found favor in your sight, I pray you [do not go]; for I have learned by experience and from the omens in divination that the Lord has favored me with blessings on your account.

28 He continued, "Name me your wages, and I will give it."

28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.

28 Name your wage, and I'll give it to you."

28 He said, State your salary and I will give it.

29 But he said to him, "You yourself know how I have served you and how your cattle have fared with me.

29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.

29 But Jacob replied to Laban, "You know how I've served you and how your cattle thrived under my care.

29 Jacob answered him, You know how I have served you, and how your possessions, your cattle and sheep and goats, have fared with me.

30 "For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?"

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 provide for mine own house also?

30 What you had previously was only a few head, but the herd has now multiplied, because the LORD has blessed you through my efforts. But now, when am I going to be able to provide for my own household?"

30 For you had little before I came, and it has increased and multiplied abundantly; and the Lord has favored you with blessings wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own house also?

31 So he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this one thing for me, I will again pasture and keep your flock:

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:

31 "What do I have to give you?" Laban asked.

31 [Laban] said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, You shall not give me anything, if you will do this one thing for me [of which I am about to tell you], and I will again feed and take care of your flock.

32 let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted sheep and every black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.

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 of such shall be my hire.

32 Jacob responded, "You don't have to give me anything. Just do this for me: Let me tend your flock again and watch over it. Let me walk among your flocks today and remove every speckled or spotted sheep, along with every black lamb, and let me do the same with the speckled and spotted goats. These will be my wages.

32 Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted animal and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.

33 "So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen."

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.

33 In the future, you'll be able to verify my honesty because, when you come to check what I've earned, if you find a goat that's not speckled or spotted or a sheep that's not black, then it will have been stolen by me."

33 So later when the matter of my wages is brought before you, my fair dealing will be evident and answer for me. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the sheep, if found with me, shall be counted as stolen.

34 Laban said, "Good, let it be according to your word."

34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.

34 "Okay," Laban replied. "We'll do it the way you've asked."

34 And Laban said, Good; let it be done as you say.

35 So he removed on that day the striped and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats, every one with white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons.

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.

35 That very day, Laban removed the male goats that were striped or spotted, all the female goats that were speckled or spotted that is, every one that had white on them and all the black lambs and placed them into the care of his sons.

35 But that same day [Laban] removed the he-goats that were streaked and spotted and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every black lamb, and put them in charge of his sons.

36 And he put a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

36 He sent them as far away from Jacob as a three days' journey could take them.

36 And he set [a distance of] three days' journey between himself and Jacob; and Jacob was then left in care of the rest of Laban's flock.

37 Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods.

37 And Jacob 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.

37 Meanwhile, Jacob kept tending the rest of Laban's flock. Jacob took branches from white poplar trees, freshly cut almond trees, and some other trees, stripped off their bark to make white streaks, and uncovered the white part inside the branches.

37 But Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white in the rods.

38 He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.

38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.

38 Then he placed the branches that he had stripped bare in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He placed the branches in front of the flock, and they went into heat as they came to drink.

38 Then he set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred and conceived when they came to drink,

39 So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.

39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

39 When the flocks mated in front of the branches, they would bear offspring that were striped, speckled, or spotted.

39 The flocks bred and conceived in sight of the rods and brought forth lambs and kids streaked, speckled, and spotted.

40 Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock.

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.

40 Jacob kept the lambs separate, facing the striped and entirely black ones that belonged to Laban's flock. He set his own herd by itself and would not let them be with Laban's flock.

40 Jacob separated the lambs, and [as he had done with the peeled rods] he also set the faces of the flocks toward the streaked and all the dark in the [new] flock of Laban; and he put his own droves by themselves and did not let them breed with Laban's flock.

41 Moreover, whenever the stronger 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;

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.

41 Whenever the more vigorous of the flock came into heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the flock to make them mate by the branches.

41 And whenever the stronger animals were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the watering troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed and conceive among the rods.

42 but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.

42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.

42 But he didn't put the branches in front of any of the feeble members of the flock. As a result, the feeble ones belonged to Laban, but the stronger ones belonged to Jacob.

42 But when the sheep and goats were feeble, he omitted putting the rods there; so the feebler animals were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.

43 So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.

43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

43 Therefore the man Jacob prospered so much that he had large flocks, female and male servants, as well as camels and donkeys.

43 Thus the man increased and became exceedingly rich, and had many sheep and goats, and maidservants, menservants, camels, and donkeys.



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