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Genesis 30 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Sons of Jacob

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:1 - Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, [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 - She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that [fn]through her I too may have children.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:4 - So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:5 - Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:6 - Then Rachel said, “God has [fn]vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son.” Therefore she named him [fn]Dan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:7 - Rachel’s maid 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:9 - When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:10 - Leah’s maid 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 - Leah’s maid 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:14 - Now in the days of 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 may lie with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:17 - God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:18 - Then Leah said, “God has given me my [fn]wages because I gave my maid to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:19 - Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:20 - Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband [fn]will dwell with 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:22 - Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed 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 - She named him Joseph, saying, “May the LORD [fn]give me another son.”

Jacob Prospers

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:25 - Now it came about 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 country.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:26 - “Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have [fn]rendered you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:27 - But Laban said to him, “If now [fn]it pleases you, stay with me; I have divined that the LORD has blessed me on your account.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:28 - He [fn]continued, “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 cattle have [fn]fared with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:30 - “For you had little before [fn]I came and it has [fn]increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you [fn]wherever I turned. 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 [fn]honesty 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 - Laban said,[fn]Good, 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 fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:37 - Then Jacob [fn]took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was [fn]in the rods.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:38 - 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 [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 - Jacob separated the lambs, and [fn]made 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 30:41 - Moreover, whenever the [fn]stronger of the flock [fn]were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, 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 [fn]became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: Rachel
Literally: from her I too may be built
Literally: judged
I.e. He judged
Literally: wrestlings of God
Hebrew: niphtal, related to Naphtali
Literally: With fortune! Some versions read Fortune has come
I.e. Fortune
Literally: With my happiness!
I.e. happy
Hebrew: sachar, related to Issachar
Hebrew: zabal, related to Zebulun. Some translate will honor
Literally: add to me; Heb Joseph
Literally: served
Literally: I have found favor in your eyes
Literally: said
Literally: been
Literally: me
Literally: broken forth
Literally: at my foot
Literally: sheep
Literally: righteousness
Literally: wages which are before you
Literally: Behold, would that it might be
Literally: hand
Literally: took to himself
Literally: on
Or, conceived
Or, conceived
Literally: set the faces
Literally: bound ones; i.e. firm and compact
Or, conceived
Or, conceive
Literally: bound ones; i.e. firm and compact
Literally: broke forth

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