2Jacob became angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place of God? He has withheld offspring30:2 Lit the fruit of the womb from you!”
3Then she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah. Go sleep with her, and she’ll bear children for me30:3 Lit bear on my knees30:3 Gn 50:23 so that through her I too can build a family.”
4So Rachel gave her slave Bilhah to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her.
5Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
6Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; yes, he has heard me and given me a son,” so she named him Dan.30:6 In Hb, the name Dan sounds like “has vindicated,” or “has judged.”
7Rachel’s slave Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8Rachel said, “In my wrestlings with God,30:8 Or “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister and won,” and she named him Naphtali.30:8 In Hb, the name Naphtali sounds like “my wrestling.”
9When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her slave Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
10Leah’s slave Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” 30:11 Alt Hb tradition, LXX, Vg read “Good fortune has come!” and she named him Gad.30:11 = Good Fortune
12When Leah’s slave Zilpah bore Jacob a second son,
15But Leah replied to her, “Isn’t it enough that you have taken my husband? Now you also want to take my son’s mandrakes?”
“Well then,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.”
16When Jacob came in from the field that evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come with me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So Jacob slept with her that night.
17God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my slave to my husband,” and she named him Issachar.30:18 In Hb, the name Issachar sounds like “reward.”
19Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20“God has given me a good gift,” Leah said. “This time my husband will honor me because I have borne six sons for him,” and she named him Zebulun.30:20 In Hb, the name Zebulun sounds like “honored.”
21Later, Leah bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
23She conceived and bore a son, and she said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”30:23 Is 4:1; Lk 1:25
Jacob’s Flocks Multiply
25After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so that I can return to my homeland.
27But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor with you, stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.”
29So Jacob said to him, “You know how I have served you and how your herds have fared with me.30:29 Gn 31:6,38–40
30For you had very little before I came, but now your wealth has increased. The Lord has blessed you because of me. And now, when will I also do something for my own family?”
31Laban asked, “What should I give you?”
And Jacob said, “You don’t need to give me anything. If you do this one thing for me, I will continue to shepherd and keep your flock.
32Let me go through all your sheep today and remove every sheep that is speckled or spotted, every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the female goats. Such will be my wages.
33In the future when you come to check on my wages, my honesty will testify for me. If I have any female goats that are not speckled or spotted, or any lambs that are not black, they will be considered stolen.”
34“Good,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.”
35That day Laban removed the streaked and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats — every one that had any white on it — and every dark-colored one among the lambs, and he placed his sons in charge of them.
36He put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob. Jacob, meanwhile, was shepherding the rest of Laban’s flock.
37Jacob then took branches of fresh poplar, almond, and plane wood, and peeled the bark, exposing white stripes on the branches.
38He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep — in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink.
39The flocks bred in front of the branches and bore streaked, speckled, and spotted young.30:39 Gn 31:10–12
40Jacob separated the lambs and made the flocks face the streaked sheep and the completely dark sheep in Laban’s flocks. Then he set his own stock apart and didn’t put them with Laban’s sheep.
41Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob placed the branches in the troughs, in full view of the flocks, and they would breed in front of the branches.
42As for the weaklings of the flocks, he did not put out the branches. So it turned out that the weak sheep belonged to Laban and the stronger ones to Jacob.
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