Bishops' Bible

Genesis 30

Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, giveth Bilhah her maid unto Jacob.

Genesis 30:1 Rachel when she sawe that she bare Iacob no children, she enuied her sister, and sayde vnto Iacob: Geue me children, or els I am but dead. Genesis 30:2 And Iacobs anger was kyndled agaynst Rachel, and sayde: Am I in Gods steade, whiche kepeth from thee the fruite of thy wombe? Genesis 30:3 Then she sayde: Here is my mayde Bilha, go in vnto her, & she shall beare vpon my knees, that I also may haue chyldren by her. Genesis 30:4 And she gaue him Bilha her handmayde to wyfe: and Iacob went in vnto her.

She beareth Dan and Naphtali.

Genesis 30:5 And Bilha conceaued, and bare Iacob a sonne. Genesis 30:6 Then saide Rachel: God hath geuen sentence on my side, and hath also heard my voyce, and hath geuen me a sonne: therfore called she hym Dan. Genesis 30:7 And Bilha Rachels seruant conceaued againe, & bare Iacob another sonne. Genesis 30:8 And Rachel said: With godly wrastlynges haue I wrastled with my sister, & haue gotten the vpper hande: and she called his name Nephthali.

Leah giveth Zilpah her maid, who beareth Gad and Asher.

Genesis 30:9 When Lea sawe that she had left bearyng chyldren she toke Zilpha her mayde, and gaue her Iacob to wyfe. Genesis 30:10 And Zilpha Leas mayde bare Iacob a sonne. Genesis 30:11 Then sayde Lea, Good lucke: and called his name Gad. Genesis 30:12 And Zilpha Leas seruaunt bare Iacob an other sonne. Genesis 30:13 Then saide Lea: happy am I, for the daughters wyll call me blessed: and called his name Aser.

Reuben findeth mandrakes, with which Leah buyeth her husband of Rachel.

Genesis 30:14 And Ruben went out in the dayes of the wheate haruest, & founde Mandragoras in the fielde, and brought them vnto his mother Lea. Then said Rachel to Lea: Geue me I praye thee of thy sonnes Mandragoras. Genesis 30:15 To whom Lea aunswered: Is it not enough that thou hast taken away my husband, but wouldest take away my sonnes Mandragoras also? Then saide Rachel: well, let hym sleepe with thee this night for thy sonnes Mandragoras. Genesis 30:16 And Iacob came from the fielde at euen, and Lea went out to meete hym, and sayde: thou shalt come in to me, for I haue bought thee in deede with my sonne Mandragoras. And he slept with her that same nyght.

Leah beareth Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.

Genesis 30:17 And God hearde Lea, that she conceaued, and bare Iacob the fift sonne. Genesis 30:18 Then sayde Lea: God hath geuen me a rewarde, because I gaue my mayden to my husbande: and she called him Isachar. Genesis 30:19 And Lea conceaued yet agayne, and bare Iacob the sixt sonne. Genesis 30:20 And Lea sayde: God hath endued me with a good dowrie, nowe wyll my husbande dwell with me, because I haue borne hym sixe sonnes: and called his name Zabulon. Genesis 30:21 After that, she bare a daughter, and called her name Dina.

Rachel beareth Joseph.

Genesis 30:22 And God remembred Rachel, & God hearde her, and made her fruitefull, Genesis 30:23 So that she conceaued & bare a sonne: and sayde, God hath taken awaye my rebuke. Genesis 30:24 And she called his name Ioseph, saying: the Lorde geue me yet another sonne.

Jacob desireth to depart.

Genesis 30:25 Assoone as Rachel had borne Ioseph, Iacob sayde to Laban: Send me away, that I maye go vnto my owne place, and to my countrey. Genesis 30:26 Geue me my wyues and my chyldren for whom I haue serued thee, and let me go: for thou knowest what seruice I haue done thee.

Laban stayeth him on a new covenant.

Genesis 30:27 To whom Laban aunswered: I pray thee, yf I haue founde fauour in thy syght [tary]: for I haue proued that the Lorde blessed me for thy sake. Genesis 30:28 Also he sayde: Appoynt what thy rewarde shalbe, and I wyll geue [it thee.] Genesis 30:29 But he saide vnto him: Thou knowest what seruice I haue done thee, and in what takyng thy cattell haue ben vnder me: Genesis 30:30 For that litle which thou haddest before I came, is nowe increased into a multitude, and the Lord hath blessed thee through my trauell: but nowe when shall I make prouision for myne owne house also? Genesis 30:31 And he sayde: What shall I then geue thee? And Iacob aunswered, Thou shalt geue me nothyng at all: yf thou wylt do this thyng for me, then wyll I turne agayne, feede thy sheepe, and kepe them. Genesis 30:32 I wyll go about all thy flockes this day, and seperate from them all the cattell that are spotted & of diuers colours: and all the blacke among the sheepe, & the partie & spotted amongst the kiddes [the same] shalbe my rewarde. Genesis 30:33 So shall my ryghteousnes aunswere for me in time to come: for it shal come for my rewarde before thy face. And euery one that is not specked and partie amongst the goates, & blacke amongst the sheepe, let it be compted theft in me. Genesis 30:34 And Laban sayde: go to, would God it myght be accordyng to thy saying. Genesis 30:35 Therfore he toke out the same day the hee goates that were ryngstraked and of diuers colours, & all the shee goates that were spotted and coloured, and all that had whyte in them, & all the blacke amongst the sheepe, and put them in the kepyng of his sonnes. Genesis 30:36 And set three dayes iourney betwixte himselfe and Iacob: and so Iacob kept the rest of Labans sheepe.

Jacob's policy, whereby he became rich.

Genesis 30:37 Iacob toke roddes of greene populer, hasell, and chesse nut trees, and pilled whyte strakes in them, and made the whyte appeare in the roddes. Genesis 30:38 And put the roddes which he had pilled, [euen] before the sheepe, in the gutters and watryng throughes when the sheepe came to drynke, that they should conceaue when they came to drynke. Genesis 30:39 And the sheepe conceaued before the roddes, & brought foorth lambes ryngstraked, spotted, and partie. Genesis 30:40 And Iacob did seperate these lambes, and turned the faces of the sheepe whiche were in the flocke of Laban, towarde these ryngstraked, and al maner of blacke: and so put his owne flockes by them selues, and put them not with Labans cattell. Genesis 30:41 And in euery conceauyng tyme of the stronger cattel, Iacob layed the roddes before the eyes of the cattell in the gutters, namely that they myght conceaue before the roddes. Genesis 30:42 But when the cattell were feeble, he put them not in: and so the feebler were Labans, and the stronger Iacobs. Genesis 30:43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattell, and mayde seruauntes, and man seruauntes, and camels, and asses.

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