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Genesis Chapter 30:1-43.

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Genesis 30

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30:1 Now Rachel, because she had no children, was full of envy of her sister; and she said to Jacob, If you do not give me children I will not go on living.

30:2 But Jacob was angry with Rachel, and said, Am I in the place of God, who has kept your body from having fruit?

30:3 Then she said, Here is my servant Bilhah, go in to her, so that she may have a child on my knees, and I may have a family by her.

30:4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

30:5 And Bilhah became with child, and gave birth to a son.

30:6 Then Rachel said, God has been my judge, and has given ear to my voice, and has given me a son; so he was named Dan.

30:7 And again Bilhah, Rachel's servant, was with child, and gave birth to a second son.

30:8 And Rachel said, I have had a great fight with my sister, and I have overcome her: and she gave the child the name Naphtali.

30:9 When it was clear to Leah that she would have no more children for a time, she gave Zilpah, her servant, to Jacob as a wife.

30:10 And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a son.

30:11 And Leah said, It has gone well for me: and she gave him the name Gad.

30:12 And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a second son.

30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I! and all women will give witness to my joy: and she gave him the name Asher.

30:14 Now at the time of the grain-cutting, Reuben saw some love-fruits in the field, and took them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to her, Let me have some of your son's love-fruits.

30:15 But Leah said to her, Is it a small thing that you have taken my husband from me? and now would you take my son's love-fruits? Then Rachel said, You may have him tonight in exchange for your son's love-fruits.

30:16 In the evening, when Jacob came in from the field, Leah went out to him and said, Tonight you are to come to me, for I have given my son's love-fruits as a price for you. And he went in to her that night.

30:17 And God gave ear to her and she became with child, and gave Jacob a fifth son.

30:18 Then Leah said, God has made payment to me for giving my servant-girl to my husband: so she gave her son the name Issachar.

30:19 And again Leah became with child, and she gave Jacob a sixth son.

30:20 And she said, God has given me a good bride-price; now at last will I have my husband living with me, for I have given him six sons: and she gave him the name Zebulun.

30:21 After that she had a daughter, to whom she gave the name Dinah.

30:22 Then God gave thought to Rachel, and hearing her prayer he made her fertile.

30:23 And she was with child, and gave birth to a son: and she said, God has taken away my shame.

30:24 And she gave him the name Joseph, saying, May the Lord give me another son.

30:25 Now after the birth of Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, Let me go away to my place and my country.

30:26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have been your servant, and let me go: for you have knowledge of all the work I have done for you.

30:27 And Laban said, If you will let me say so, do not go away; for I have seen by the signs that the Lord has been good to me because of you.

30:28 Say then what your payment is to be and I will give it.

30:29 Then Jacob said, You have seen what I have done for you, and how your cattle have done well under my care.

30:30 For before I came you had little, and it has been greatly increased; and the Lord has given you a blessing in everything I have done; but when am I to do something for my family?

30:31 And Laban said, What am I to give you? And Jacob said, Do not give me anything; but I will again take up the care of your flock if you will only do this for me:

30:32 Let me go through all your flock today, taking out from among them all the sheep which are marked or coloured or black, and all the marked or coloured goats: these will be my payment.

30:33 And so you will be able to put my honour to the test in time to come; if you see among my flocks any goats which are not marked or coloured, or any sheep which is not black, you may take me for a thief.

30:34 And Laban said, Let it be as you say.

30:35 So that day he took all the he-goats which were banded or coloured, and all the she-goats which were marked or coloured or had white marks, and all the black sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons;

30:36 And sent them three days' journey away: and Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flock.

30:37 Then Jacob took young branches of trees, cutting off the skin so that the white wood was seen in bands.

30:38 And he put the banded sticks in the drinking-places where the flock came to get water; and they became with young when they came to the water.

30:39 And because of this, the flock gave birth to young which were marked with bands of colour.

30:40 These lambs Jacob kept separate; and he put his flock in a place by themselves and not with Laban's flock.

30:41 And whenever the stronger ones of the flock became with young, Jacob put the sticks in front of them in the drinking-places, so that they might become with young when they saw the sticks.

30:42 But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put the sticks before them; so that the feebler flocks were Laban's and the stronger were Jacob's.

30:43 So Jacob's wealth was greatly increased; he had great flocks and women-servants and men-servants and camels and asses.

 

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