Bible: Gen 29:14-30:43
29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Should you work 4 for me for nothing because you are my relative? 5 Tell me what your wages should be.” 29:16 (Now Laban had two daughters; 6 the older one was named Leah, and the younger one Rachel. 29:17 Leah’s eyes were tender, 7 but Rachel had a lovely figure and beautiful appearance.) 8 29:18 Since Jacob had fallen in love with 9 Rachel, he said, “I’ll serve you seven years in exchange for your younger daughter Rachel.” 29:19 Laban replied, “I’d rather give her to you than to another man. 10 Stay with me.” 29:20 So Jacob worked for seven years to acquire Rachel. 11 But they seemed like only a few days to him 12 because his love for her was so great. 13
29:21 Finally Jacob said 14 to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time of service is up. 15 I want to have marital relations with her.” 16 29:22 So Laban invited all the people 17 of that place and prepared a feast. 29:23 In the evening he brought his daughter Leah 18 to Jacob, 19 and Jacob 20 had marital relations with her. 21 29:24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 22
29:25 In the morning Jacob discovered it was Leah! 23 So Jacob 24 said to Laban, “What in the world have you done to me! 25 Didn’t I work for you in exchange for Rachel? Why have you tricked 26 me?” 29:26 “It is not our custom here,” 27 Laban replied, “to give the younger daughter in marriage 28 before the firstborn. 29:27 Complete my older daughter’s bridal week. 29 Then we will give you the younger one 30 too, in exchange for seven more years of work.” 31
29:28 Jacob did as Laban said. 32 When Jacob 33 completed Leah’s bridal week, 34 Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 35 29:29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 36 29:30 Jacob 37 had marital relations 38 with Rachel as well. He loved Rachel more than Leah, so he worked for Laban 39 for seven more years. 40
The Family of Jacob
29:31 When the
29:34 She became pregnant again and had another son. She said, “Now this time my husband will show me affection, 48 because I have given birth to three sons for him.” That is why he was named Levi. 49
29:35 She became pregnant again and had another son. She said, “This time I will praise the
30:1 When Rachel saw that she could not give Jacob children, she 51 became jealous of her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children 52 or I’ll die!” 30:2 Jacob became furious 53 with Rachel and exclaimed, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 54 30:3 She replied, “Here is my servant Bilhah! Have sexual relations with 55 her so that she can bear 56 children 57 for me 58 and I can have a family through her.” 59
30:4 So Rachel 60 gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob had marital relations with 61 her. 30:5 Bilhah became pregnant 62 and gave Jacob a son. 63 30:6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me. He has responded to my prayer 64 and given me a son.” That is why 65 she named him Dan. 66
30:7 Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, became pregnant again and gave Jacob another son. 67 30:8 Then Rachel said, “I have fought a desperate struggle with my sister, but I have won.” 68 So she named him Naphtali. 69
30:9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she gave 70 her servant Zilpah to Jacob as a wife. 30:10 Soon Leah’s servant Zilpah gave Jacob a son. 71 30:11 Leah said, “How fortunate!” 72 So she named him Gad. 73
30:14 At the time 78 of the wheat harvest Reuben went out and found some mandrake plants 79 in a field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 30:15 But Leah replied, 80 “Wasn’t it enough that you’ve taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes too?” “All right,” 81 Rachel said, “he may sleep 82 with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” 30:16 When Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must sleep 83 with me because I have paid for your services 84 with my son’s mandrakes.” So he had marital relations 85 with her that night. 30:17 God paid attention 86 to Leah; she became pregnant 87 and gave Jacob a son for the fifth time. 88 30:18 Then Leah said, “God has granted me a reward 89 because I gave my servant to my husband as a wife.” 90 So she named him Issachar. 91
30:19 Leah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a son for the sixth time. 92 30:20 Then Leah said, “God has given me a good gift. Now my husband will honor me because I have given him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. 93
30:21 After that she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
30:22 Then God took note of 94 Rachel. He paid attention to her and enabled her to become pregnant. 95 30:23 She became pregnant 96 and gave birth to a son. Then she said, “God has taken away my shame.” 97 30:24 She named him Joseph, 98 saying, “May the
The Flocks of Jacob
30:25 After Rachel had given birth 99 to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send 100 me on my way so that I can go 101 home to my own country. 102 30:26 Let me take my wives and my children whom I have acquired by working for you. 103 Then I’ll depart, 104 because you know how hard I’ve worked for you.” 105
30:27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, please stay here, 106 for I have learned by divination 107 that the
30:29 “You know how I have worked for you,” Jacob replied, 109 “and how well your livestock have fared under my care. 110 30:30 Indeed, 111 you had little before I arrived, 112 but now your possessions have increased many times over. 113 The
30:31 So Laban asked, 116 “What should I give you?” “You don’t need to give me a thing,” 117 Jacob replied, 118 “but if you agree to this one condition, 119 I will continue to care for 120 your flocks and protect them: 30:32 Let me walk among 121 all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb, 122 and the spotted or speckled goats. 123 These animals will be my wages. 124 30:33 My integrity will testify for me 125 later on. 126 When you come to verify that I’ve taken only the wages we agreed on, 127 if I have in my possession any goat that is not speckled or spotted or any sheep that is not dark-colored, it will be considered stolen.” 128 30:34 “Agreed!” said Laban, “It will be as you say.” 129
30:35 So that day Laban 130 removed the male goats that were streaked or spotted, all the female goats that were speckled or spotted (all that had any white on them), and all the dark-colored lambs, and put them in the care 131 of his sons. 30:36 Then he separated them from Jacob by a three-day journey, 132 while 133 Jacob was taking care of the rest of Laban’s flocks.
30:37 But Jacob took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees. He made white streaks by peeling them, making the white inner wood in the branches visible. 30:38 Then he set up the peeled branches in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He set up the branches in front of the flocks when they were in heat and came to drink. 134 30:39 When the sheep mated 135 in front of the branches, they 136 gave birth to young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 30:40 Jacob removed these lambs, but he made the rest of the flock face 137 the streaked and completely dark-colored animals in Laban’s flock. So he made separate flocks for himself and did not mix them with Laban’s flocks. 30:41 When the stronger females were in heat, 138 Jacob would set up the branches in the troughs in front of the flock, so they would mate near the branches. 30:42 But if the animals were weaker, he did not set the branches there. 139 So the weaker animals ended up belonging to Laban 140 and the stronger animals to Jacob. 30:43 In this way Jacob 141 became extremely prosperous. He owned 142 large flocks, male and female servants, camels, and donkeys.