The Sons of Jacob
1 Now when Rachel° saw° that ashe bore° Jacob° no° children, Ishe became° jealous° of her sister°; and she said° to Jacob°, “bGive° me children°, or else°° I die°.” 2 Then Jacob’s° anger° burned° against Rachel°, and he said°, “Am I in the place° of God°, who° has awithheld° from you the fruit° of the womb°?” 3 She said°, “aHere° is my maid° Bilhah°, go° in to her that she may bbear° on my knees°, that Iathrough° her I too° may have° children°.” 4 So ashe gave° him her maid° Bilhah° as a wife°, and Jacob° went° in to her. 5 Bilhah° conceived° and bore° Jacob° a son°. 6 Then Rachel° said°, “God° has Iavindicated° me, and has indeed° heard° my voice° and has given° me a son°.” Therefore°° she named° him IIDan°. 7 Rachel’s° maid° Bilhah° conceived° again° and bore° Jacob° a second° son°. 8 So Rachel° said°, “With Imighty° wrestlings° I have IIwrestled° with my sister°, [and] I have indeed° prevailed°.” And she named° him Naphtali°.
 ILit Rachel aGn 29:31 b1S 1:5, 6
 aGn 20:18; 29:31
 ILit from her I too may be built aGn 16:2 bGn 50:23; Jb 3:12
 aGn 16:3, 4
 ILit judged III.e. He judged aPs 35:24; 43:1; Lm 3:59
 ILit wrestlings of God IIHeb niphtal, related to Naphtali
9 ¶ When Leah° saw° that she had stopped° bearing°, she took° her maid° Zilpah° and gave° her to Jacob° as a wife°. 10 Leah’s° maid° Zilpah° bore° Jacob° a son°. 11 Then Leah° said°, “IHow fortunate°!” So she named° him IIGad°. 12 Leah’s° maid° Zilpah° bore° Jacob° a second° son°. 13 Then Leah° said°, “IHappy° am I! For women° awill call° me happy°.” So she named° him IIAsher°.
 ILit With fortune! Some versions read Fortune has come III.e. Fortune
 ILit With my happiness! III.e. happy aLk 1:48
14 ¶ Now in the days° of wheat° harvest° Reuben° went° and found° amandrakes° in the field°, and brought° them to his mother° Leah°. Then Rachel° said° to Leah°, “Please° give° me some° of your son’s° mandrakes°.” 15 But she said° to her, “Is it a small° matter° for you to take° my husband°? And would you take° my son’s° mandrakes° also°?” So Rachel° said°, “Therefore° he may lie° with you tonight° in return° for your son’s° mandrakes°.” 16 When Jacob° came° in from the field° in the evening°, then Leah° went° out to meet° him and said°, “You must come° in to me, for I have surely° hired° you with my son’s° mandrakes°.” So he lay° with her that night°. 17 God° gave° heed° to Leah°, and she conceived° and bore° Jacob° a fifth° son°. 18 Then Leah° said°, “God° has given° me my Iwages° because° I gave° my maid° to my husband°.” So she named° him Issachar°. 19 Leah° conceived° again° and bore° a sixth° son° to Jacob°. 20 Then Leah° said°, “God° has endowed° me with a good° gift°; now° my husband° Iwill dwell° with me, because° I have borne° him six° sons°.” So she named° him Zebulun°. 21 Afterward° she bore° a daughter° and named°° her Dinah°.
 aSo 7:13
 IHeb sachar, related to Issachar
 IHeb zabal, related to Zebulun. Some translate will honor
22 ¶ Then aGod° remembered° Rachel°, and God° gave° heed° to her and bopened° her womb°. 23 So she conceived° and bore° a son° and said°, “God° has ataken° away° my reproach°.” 24 She named°° him Joseph°, saying°, “aMay the LORD° Igive° me another° son°.”
25 ¶ Now it came° about when° Rachel° had borne° Joseph°, that Jacob° said° to Laban°, “aSend° me away°, that I may go° to my own place° and to my own country°. 26 Give° [me] my wives° and my children° afor whom° I have served° you, and let me depart°; for you yourself° know° my service° which° I have Irendered° you.” 27 But Laban° said° to him, “If° now° Iit pleases°° you, [stay with me]; I have divined° athat the LORD° has blessed° me on your account°.” 28 He Icontinued°, “aName° me your wages°, and I will give° it.” 29 But he said° to him, “aYou yourself° know° how°° I have served° you and how°° your cattle° have Ifared° with me. 30 For you had° little° before° II came and it has IIincreased° to a multitude°, and the LORD° has blessed° you IIIwherever I turned°. But now°, when° shall I provide° for my own household° also°?” 31 So he said°, “What° shall I give° you?” And Jacob° said°, “You shall not give° me anything°. If° you will do° this° [one] thing° for me, I will again° pasture° [and] keep° your flock°: 32 let me pass° through your entire° flock° today°, removing° from there° every° aspeckled° and spotted° sheep° and every° black° Ione° among the lambs° and the spotted° and speckled° among the goats°; and [such] shall be my wages°. 33 So my Ihonesty° will answer° for me later°°, when° you come° concerning° my IIwages°. Every° one° that is not speckled° and spotted° among the goats° and black° among the lambs°, [if found] with me, will be considered stolen°.” 34 Laban° said°, “IGood°, let it be according to your word°.” 35 So he removed° on that day° the striped° and spotted° male° goats° and all° the speckled° and spotted° female° goats°, every° one° with white° in it, and all° the black° ones° among the sheep°, and gave° them into the Icare° of his sons°. 36 And he put° [a distance of] three° days’° journey° between° himself and Jacob°, and Jacob° fed° the rest° of Laban’s° flocks°.
 aGn 24:54, 56
 ILit served aGn 29:18, 20, 27; Ho 12:12
 ILit I have found favor in your eyes aGn 26:24; 39:3, 5; Is 61:9
 ILit said aGn 29:15; 31:7, 41
 ILit been aGn 31:6
 ILit me IILit broken forth IIILit at my foot
 ILit sheep aGn 31:8
 ILit righteousness IILit wages which are before you
 ILit Behold, would that it might be
 ILit hand
37 ¶ Then Jacob° Itook° fresh° rods° of poplar° and almond° and plane° trees°, and peeled° white° stripes° in them, exposing° the white° which° [was] IIin the rods°. 38 He set° the rods° which° he had peeled° in front° of the flocks° in the gutters°, [even] in the watering° troughs°, where° the flocks° came° to drink°; and they Imated° when they came° to drink°. 39 So the flocks° Imated° by the rods°, and the flocks° brought° forth° striped°, speckled°, and spotted°. 40 Jacob° separated° the lambs°, and Imade° the flocks° face° toward° the striped° and all° the black° in the flock° of Laban°; and he put° his own herds° apart°, and did not put° them with Laban’s° flock°. 41 Moreover, whenever° the Istronger° of the flock° IIwere mating°, Jacob° would place° the rods° in the sight° of the flock° in the gutters°, so that they might IIImate° by the rods°; 42 but when the flock° was feeble°, he did not put° [them] in; so the feebler° were Laban’s° and the Istronger° Jacob’s°. 43 So athe man° Ibecame° exceedingly° prosperous°, and had° large° flocks° and female° and male° servants°° and camels° and donkeys°.
 ILit took to himself IILit on
 IOr conceived
 IOr conceived
 ILit set the faces
 ILit bound ones; i.e. firm and compact IIOr conceived IIIOr conceive
 ILit bound ones; i.e. firm and compact
 ILit broke forth aGn 12:16; 13:2; 24:35; 26:13, 14; 30:30
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Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, giveth Bilhah her maid unto Jacob.
1 ¶ And when Rachelº sawºª that² she bare¹ª Jacob¹ no children,²²² Rachelº enviedºª her sister;º and saidºª unto² Jacob,º Giveºª me children,º or² elseº I² die.ºª 2 And Jacob'sº angerº was kindledºª against Rachel:º and he said,ºª [Am] I² in God'sº stead,² who² hath withheldºª from² thee the fruitº of the womb?º 3 And she said,ºª Behold² my maidº Bilhah,º go inºª unto² her; and she shall bearºª upon² my knees,º that I² may also² have childrenºª by² her. 4 And she gaveºª him² Bilhahº her handmaidº to wife:º and Jacobº went inºª unto² her.
 Gn 29:31; 35:16; 37:11; Nu 11:15, 29; 1S 1:4; 1K 19:4; Jb 3:1, 11, 20; 5:2; 13:19; Ps 106:16; Pv 14:30; Ec 4:4; Jr 20:14; Jn 4:3, 8; 1Co 3:3; 2Co 7:10; Ga 5:21; Tit 3:3; Jm 3:14; 4:5.
 Gn 16:2; 25:21; 31:36; 50:19; Ex 32:19; Dt 7:13; 1S 1:5; 2:5; 2K 5:7; Ps 113:9; 127:3; Mt 5:22; Mk 3:5; Lk 1:42; Ep 4:26.
 Gn 16:2; 30:9; 50:23; Ru 4:11; Jb 3:12.
 Gn 16:3; 21:10; 22:24; 25:1, 6; 33:2; 35:22; 2S 12:11.
She beareth Dan and Naphtali.
5 And Bilhahº conceived,ºª and bareºª Jacobº a son.º 6 And Rachelº said,ºª Godº hath judgedºª me, and hath also² heardºª my voice,º and hath givenºª me a son:º therefore²² calledºª she his nameº Dan.º 7 And Bilhahº Rachel'sº maidº conceivedºª again,² and bareºª Jacobº a secondº son.º 8 And Rachelº said,ºª With greatº wrestlingsº have I wrestledºª with² my sister,º and² I have prevailed:ºª and she calledºª his nameº Naphtali.º
 Gn 29:32; 35:25; 46:23; 49:16; Dt 33:22; Ps 35:24; 43:1; Jr 13:2, 24; 15:14; Lm 3:59.
 Gn 30:7.
 Gn 23:6; 32:24; 35:25; 46:24; 49:21; Ex 9:28; Dt 33:23; 1S 14:15; Mt 4:13.
Leah giveth Zilpah her maid, who beareth Gad and Asher.
9 When Leahº sawºª that² she had leftºª bearing,ºª² she tookºª² Zilpahº her maid,º and gaveºª her Jacobº to wife.º 10 And Zilpahº Leah'sº maidº bareºª Jacobº a son.º 11 And Leahº said,ºª A troop¹ cometh:¹ª² and she calledºª² his nameº Gad.º 12 And Zilpahº Leah'sº maidº bareºª Jacobº a secondº son.º 13 And Leahº said,ºª Happy² am I,¹ for² the daughtersº will call me blessed:ºª and she calledºª² his nameº Asher.º
 Gn 16:3; 29:35; 30:4, 17.
 Gn 35:26; 46:16; 49:19; Dt 33:20; Is 65:11.
 Gn 35:26; 46:17; 49:20; Dt 33:24; Pv 31:28; So 6:9; Lk 1:48.
Reuben findeth mandrakes, with which Leah buyeth her husband of Rachel.
14 ¶ And Reubenº went² in¹ª the daysº of wheatº harvest,º and foundºª mandrakesº in the field,º and broughtºª them unto² his motherº Leah.º Then Rachelº saidºª to² Leah,º Give² me,¹ª I pray thee,² of thy son'sº mandrakes.º² 15 And she saidºª unto her, [Is it] a small matterº that thou hast takenºª² my husband?º and wouldest thou take awayºª² my son'sº mandrakesº also?² And Rachelº said,ºª Therefore² he shall lieºª with² thee to nightº forº thy son'sº mandrakes.º 16 And Jacobº cameºª out of² the fieldº in the evening,º and Leahº went outºª to meetºª him, and said,ºª Thou must come inºª unto² me; for² surely¹ª I have hiredºª thee with my son'sº mandrakes.º And he layºª with² her that² night.º
Leah beareth Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.
17 And Godº hearkenedºª unto² Leah,º and she conceived,ºª and bareºª Jacobº the fifthº son.º 18 And Leahº said,ºª Godº hath givenºª me my hire,º becauseº I have givenºª my maidenº to my husband:º and she calledºª his nameº Issachar.º 19 And Leahº conceivedºª again,² and bareºª Jacobº the sixthº son.º 20 And Leahº said,ºª Godº hath enduedºª me [with] a goodº dowry;º nowº will my husbandº dwell¹ª with² me, because² I have bornºª him sixº sons:º and she calledºª² his nameº Zebulun.º 21 And afterwardsº she bareºª a daughter,º and calledºª² her nameº Dinah.º
 Gn 30:6, 22; Ex 3:7; 1S 1:20, 26; Lk 1:13.
 Gn 35:23; 46:13; 49:14; Dt 33:18; 1Ch 12:32.
 Gn 29:34; 30:15; 35:23; 46:14; 49:13; Jg 4:10; 5:14; Ps 68:27; Mt 4:13.
 Gn 34:1, 26; 46:15.
Rachel beareth Joseph.
22 ¶ And Godº rememberedºª² Rachel,º and Godº hearkenedºª to² her, and openedºª² her womb.º 23 And she conceived,ºª and bareºª a son;º and said,ºª Godº hath taken awayºª² my reproach:º 24 And she calledºª² his nameº Joseph;º and said,ºª The LORDº shall addºª to me anotherº son.º
 Gn 8:1; 21:1; 25:21; 29:31; 30:2; 1S 1:19; Ps 105:42; 113:9; 127:3.
 Gn 29:31; 1S 1:5; Is 4:1; Lk 1:21, 25, 27.
 Gn 35:17, 24; 37:2, 4; 39:1; 42:6; 48:1; 49:22; Dt 33:13; Ezk 37:16; Ac 7:9; He 11:21; Rv 7:8.
Jacob desireth to depart.
25 ¶ And it came to pass,² when² Rachelº had bornºª² Joseph,º that Jacobº saidºª unto² Laban,º Send me away,ºª that I may go¹ª² unto² mine own place,º and to my country.º 26 Giveºª [me]² my wivesº and my children,º for¹ whom²² I have servedºª thee, and let me go:¹ª² for² thou² knowestºª² my serviceº which² I have doneºª thee.
 Gn 18:33; 24:6, 54, 56; 26:3; 27:44; 28:13, 15; 31:13, 55; Ac 7:4; He 11:9, 15.
 Gn 29:19, 30; 30:29; 31:6, 26, 31, 38, 41; Ho 12:12.
Laban stayeth him on a new covenant.
27 And Labanº saidºª unto² him, I pray thee,² if² I have foundºª favourº in thine eyes,º [tarry: for] I have learned by experienceºª that the LORDº hath blessedºª me for thy sake.º 28 And he said,ºª Appointºª² me thy wages,º and I will giveºª [it]. 29 And he saidºª unto² him, Thou² knowestºª² howº I have servedºª thee, and howº thy cattleº was² with² me. 30 For² [it was] littleº which² thou hadst² before² I¹ [came], and it is [now] increasedºª unto a multitude;º and the LORDº hath blessedºª thee since my coming:º and now² whenº shall I² provideºª for mine own houseº also?² 31 And he said,ºª What² shall I give² thee?¹ª And Jacobº said,ºª Thou shalt not² giveºª me any thing:º if² thou wilt doºª this² thingº for me, I will againºª feedºª [and] keepºª thy flock:º 32 I will pass¹ª through² all² thy flockº to day,º removingºª from thence²² all² the speckledº and spottedºª cattle,º and all² the brownº cattleº among the sheep,º and the spottedºª and speckledº among the goats:º and [of such] shall be² my hire.º 33 So shall my righteousnessº answerºª for me in timeº to come,º when² it shall comeºª for² my hireº before thy face:º every oneº that² [is] not² speckledº and spottedºª among the goats,º and brownº among the sheep,º that² shall be counted stolenºª with² me. 34 And Labanº said,ºª Behold,² I would² it might be¹² according to thy word.º 35 And he removedºª that² dayº² the he goatsº that were ringstrakedº and spotted,ºª and all² the she goatsº that were speckledº and spotted,ºª [and] every one² that² had [some] whiteº in it, and all² the brownº among the sheep,º and gaveºª [them] into the handº of his sons.º 36 And he setºª threeº days'º journeyº betwixt² himself and Jacob:º and Jacobº fedºª² the restºª of Laban'sº flocks.º
 Gn 12:3; 18:3; 26:24; 30:30; 33:15; 34:11; 39:2, 3, 21; 47:25; Ex 3:21; Nu 11:11, 15; Ru 2:13; 1S 16:22; 1K 11:19; Ne 1:11; 2:5; Ps 1:3; Is 6:13; 61:9; 65:8; Dn 1:9; Ac 7:10.
 Gn 29:15, 19.
 Gn 30:5; 31:6, 38; Mt 24:45; Ep 6:5; Col 3:22; Tit 2:9; 1P 2:15, 18.
 Gn 30:27, 43; Dt 11:10; 2Co 12:14; 1Ti 5:8.
 2S 21:4; Ps 118:8; He 13:5.
 Gn 30:35; 31:8, 10.
 Gn 31:37; Ex 13:14; 1S 26:23; 2S 22:21; Ps 37:6; Is 59:12.
 Nu 22:29; 1Co 7:7; 14:5; Ga 5:12.
 Gn 31:9.
Jacob's policy, whereby he became rich.
37 ¶ And Jacobº tookºª him rodsº of greenº poplar,º and of the hazelº and chesnut tree;º and pilledºª whiteº strakesº in them,² and made the whiteº appearº which² [was] in² the rods.º 38 And he setºª² the rodsº which² he had pilledºª beforeº the flocksº in the guttersº in the wateringº troughsº when² the flocksº cameºª to drink,ºª that they should conceiveºª when they cameºª to drink.ºª 39 And the flocksº conceivedºª before² the rods,º and brought forthºª cattleº ringstraked,º speckled,º and spotted.ºª 40 And Jacobº did separateºª the lambs,º and setºª the facesº of the flocksº towardº the ringstraked,º and all² the brownº in the flockº of Laban;º and he putºª his own flocksº by themselves,² and putºª them not² unto² Laban'sº cattle.º 41 And it came to pass,² whensoever² the strongerºª cattleº did conceive,ºª that Jacobº laidºª² the rodsº before the eyesº of the cattleº in the gutters,º that they might conceiveºª among the rods.º 42 But when the cattleº were feeble,ºª he put² [them] not² in:¹ª so the feeblerºª were² Laban's,º and the strongerºª Jacob's.º 43 And the manº increasedºª exceedingly,º and had² muchº cattle,º and maidservants,º and menservants,º and camels,º and asses.º
 Gn 31:9; Ezk 31:8.
 Gn 31:9, 38, 40, 42; Ex 12:35.
 Gn 30:41.
 Gn 13:2; 24:35; 26:13; 28:15; 30:30; 31:7, 42; 32:10; 33:11; 36:7; Ec 2:7; Ezk 39:10.
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