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Genesis 30 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Sons of Jacob

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Then Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, so [fn]she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:2 - Then Jacob’s anger burned against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:3 - And she said, “Here is my maidservant Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that [fn]through her I too may obtain children.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:4 - So she gave him her servant-woman Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:5 - And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:6 - Then Rachel said, “God has [fn]rendered justice to me and has indeed listened to my voice and has given me a son.” Therefore she named him [fn]Dan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:7 - And Rachel’s servant-woman Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:8 - So Rachel said, “With [fn]mighty wrestlings I have [fn]wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed.” And she named him Naphtali.
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Then Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, so she took her servant-woman Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:10 - And Leah’s servant-woman Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:11 - Then Leah said, “[fn]How fortunate!” So she named him [fn]Gad.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:12 - And Leah’s servant-woman Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:13 - Then Leah said, “[fn]Happy am I! For women will call me happy.” So she named him [fn]Asher.
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And in the days of the wheat harvest, Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:15 - 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 will lie with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:16 - Then Jacob came in from the field in the evening. And 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:17 - And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:18 - And Leah said, “God has given me my [fn]wages because I gave my servant-woman to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:19 - Then Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:20 - And Leah said, “God has gifted me a good gift; this time my husband [fn]will honor me because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:21 - Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
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Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:23 - So she conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:24 - And she named him Joseph, saying, “May Yahweh [fn]give me another son.”

Jacob Names His Wages

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Now it happened when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own land.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:26 - “Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you yourself know my service which I have [fn]rendered you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:27 - But Laban said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, stay with me; I have interpreted an omen that Yahweh has blessed me on your account.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:28 - And he continued to say, “Name me your wages, and I will give it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:29 - But he said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you and how your livestock have [fn]fared with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:30 - “For you had little before [fn]I came, but it has spread out to a multitude, and Yahweh has blessed you [fn]at every step of mine. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:31 - 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:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:32 - let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted sheep and every black [fn]one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:33 - “So my righteousness will answer for me later, when you come concerning my [fn]wages. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:34 - And Laban said, “Behold, [fn]let it be according to your word.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:35 - 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 [fn]care of his sons.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:36 - And he put a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban’s flocks.
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Then Jacob [fn]took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and he peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was [fn]in the rods.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:38 - And he set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the trough, that is, in the watering channels, where the flocks came to drink; and they [fn]mated when they came to drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:39 - So the flocks [fn]mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:40 - And Jacob separated the lambs, and he [fn]made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he set his own herds apart and did not set them with Laban’s flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:41 - Now it would be that, whenever the [fn]stronger of the flock [fn]were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the trough, so that they might [fn]mate by the rods;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:42 - but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban’s and the [fn]stronger Jacob’s.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:43 - So the man spread out exceedingly and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
LSB Footnotes
Lit Rachel
Lit from her I too may be built
Lit judged
He judged
Lit wrestlings of God
Heb niphtal, related to Naphtali
Lit With fortune!; some versions Fortune has come
Fortune
Lit With my happiness!
Happy
Heb sachar, related to Issachar
Heb zabal, related to Zebulun
Lit add to me; Heb Joseph
Lit served
Lit been
Lit me
Lit at my foot
Lit sheep
Lit wages which are before you
Lit would that it might be
Lit hand
Lit took to himself
Lit on
Or conceived
Or conceived
Lit set the faces
Firm and compact; lit bound ones
Or conceived
Or conceive
Firm and compact; lit bound ones
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