30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel
envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else
30:2 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
30:3 And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she
shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
30:4 And she gave him Bilhah, her handmaid, for a wife: and
Jacob went in to her.
30:5 And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.
30:6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my
voice, and hath given me a son: therefore she called his name
30:7 And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, conceived again, and bore Jacob
a second son.
30:8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with
my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name
30:9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah,
her maid, and gave her Jacob for a wife.
30:10 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a son.
30:11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name
30:12 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a second son.
30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me
blessed: and she called his name Asher.
30:14 And Reuben went, in the days of wheat-harvest, and found
mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah.
Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's
30:15 And she said to 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.
30:16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah
went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in to me; for
surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay
with her that night.
30:17 And God hearkened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore
Jacob the fifth son.
30:18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have
given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name
30:19 And Leah conceived again, and bore Jacob the sixth son.
30:20 And Leah said, God hath endowed me [with] a good dower;
now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six
sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
30:21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name
30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and
rendered her fruitful.
30:23 And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, God hath
taken away my reproach:
30:24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD will
add to me another son.
30:25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that
Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my own
place, and to my country.
30:26 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
30:27 And Laban said to him, I pray thee, if I have found favor
in thine eyes, [tarry: for] I have learned by experience, that
the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
30:28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give [it].
30:29 And he said to him, Thou knowest how I have served thee,
and how thy cattle were with me.
30:30 For [it was] little which thou hadst before I [came], and
it is [now] increased to a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed
thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for my own
30:31 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:
30:32 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.
30:33 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 accounted stolen with me.
30:34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to
30:35 And he removed that day the he-goats that were
ring-streaked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were
speckled and spotted; every one that had [some] white in it,
and all the brown among the sheep, and gave [them] into the
hands of his sons.
30:36 And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob:
and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
30:37 And Jacob took to him rods of green poplar, and of the
hazel and chesnut-tree; and peeled white streaks in them, and
made the white appear which [was] in the rods.
30:38 And he set the rods, which he had peeled, before the
flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs, when the flocks
came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to
30:39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought
forth cattle ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted.
30:40 And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the
flocks towards the ring-streaked, and all the brown in the
flock of Laban: and he put his own flocks by themselves, and
put them not with Laban's cattle.
30:41 And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle
conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the
cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
30:42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put [them] not in: so
the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
30:43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had many cattle,
and maid-servants, and men-servants, and camels, and asses.