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Genesis 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.
Genesis 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?
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:4 ←
So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.
Genesis 30:5 ←
And Bilhah became with child, and gave birth to a son.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:7 ←
And again Bilhah, Rachel's servant, was with child, and gave birth to a second son.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:10 ←
And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a son.
Genesis 30:11 ←
And Leah said, It has gone well for me: and she gave him the name Gad.
Genesis 30:12 ←
And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a second son.
Genesis 30:13 ←
And Leah said, Happy am I! and all women will give witness to my joy: and she gave him the name Asher.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:17 ←
And God gave ear to her and she became with child, and gave Jacob a fifth son.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:19 ←
And again Leah became with child, and she gave Jacob a sixth son.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:21 ←
After that she had a daughter, to whom she gave the name Dinah.
Genesis 30:22 ←
Then God gave thought to Rachel, and hearing her prayer he made her fertile.
Genesis 30:23 ←
And she was with child, and gave birth to a son: and she said, God has taken away my shame.
Genesis 30:24 ←
And she gave him the name Joseph, saying, May the Lord give me another son.
Genesis 30:25 ←
Now after the birth of Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, Let me go away to my place and my country.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 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.
Say then what your payment is to be and I will give it.
Genesis 30:29 ←
Then Jacob said, You have seen what I have done for you, and how your cattle have done well under my care.
Genesis 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?
Genesis 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:
Genesis 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.
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.
And Laban said, Let it be as you say.
Genesis 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;
Genesis 30:36 ←
And sent them three days' journey away: and Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flock.
Genesis 30:37 ←
Then Jacob took young branches of trees, cutting off the skin so that the white wood was seen in bands.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:39 ←
And because of this, the flock gave birth to young which were marked with bands of colour.
Genesis 30:40 ←
These lambs Jacob kept separate; and he put his flock in a place by themselves and not with Laban's flock.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30:43 ←
So Jacob's wealth was greatly increased; he had great flocks and women-servants and men-servants and camels and asses.