Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, giveth Bilhah her maid unto Jacob.
Genesis 30:1 And when Rahel saw that she bare Iaakob no children, Rahel enuied her sister, and said vnto Iaakob, Giue me children, or els I dye. Genesis 30:2 Then Iaakobs anger was kindled against Rahel, and he sayde, Am I in Gods steade, which hath withholden from thee the fruite of the wombe? Genesis 30:3 And she said, Behold my maide Bilhah, goe in to her, and she shal beare vpon my knees, and I shal haue children also by her. Genesis 30:4 Then shee gaue him Bilhah her mayde to wife, and Iaakob went in to her.
She beareth Dan and Naphtali.
Genesis 30:5 So Bilhah conceiued and bare Iaakob a sonne. Genesis 30:6 Then said Rahel, God hath giuen sentence on my side, and hath also heard my voyce, and hath giuen mee a sonne: therefore called shee his name, Dan. Genesis 30:7 And Bilhah Rahels maide coceiued againe, and bare Iaakob the second sonne. Genesis 30:8 Then Rahel said, with excellent wrestlings haue I wrestled with my sister, & haue gotten the vpper hande: and shee called his name, Naphtali.
Leah giveth Zilpah her maid, who beareth Gad and Asher.
Genesis 30:9 And when Leah saw that she had left bearing, shee tooke Zilpah her mayde, and gaue her Iaakob to wife. Genesis 30:10 And Zilpah Leahs mayde bare Iaakob a sonne. Genesis 30:11 Then sayd Leah, A companie commeth: and she called his name, Gad. Genesis 30:12 Againe Zilpah Leahs mayde bare Iaakob another sonne. Genesis 30:13 Then sayde Leah, Ah, blessed am I, for the daughters will blesse me; she called his name, Asher.
Reuben findeth mandrakes, with which Leah buyeth her husband of Rachel.
Genesis 30:14 Nowe Reuben went in the dayes of the wheateharuest, and founde mandrakes in the fielde and brought them vnto his mother Leah. Then sayde Rahel to Leah, Giue me, I pray thee, of thy sonnes mandrakes. Genesis 30:15 But shee answered her, Is it a small matter for thee to take mine husband, except thou take my sonnes mandrakes also? Then sayde Rahel, Therefore he shall sleepe with thee this night for thy sonnes mandrakes. Genesis 30:16 And Iaakob came from the fielde in the euening, and Leah went out to meete him, and sayde, Come in to mee, for I haue bought and payed for thee with my sonnes mandrakes: and he slept with her that night.
Leah beareth Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.
Genesis 30:17 And God heard Leah and shee conceiued, and bare vnto Iaakob the fift sonne. Genesis 30:18 Then said Leah, God hath giuen me my reward, because I gaue my mayde to my husband, and she called his name Issachar. Genesis 30:19 After, Leah conceiued againe, & bare Iaakob the sixt sonne. Genesis 30:20 Then Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowrie: nowe will mine husbande dwell with me, because I haue borne him sixe sonnes: & she called his name Zebulun. Genesis 30:21 After that, shee bare a daughter, and shee called her name Dinah.
Rachel beareth Joseph.
Genesis 30:22 And God remembred Rahel, and God heard her, and opened her wombe. Genesis 30:23 So she conceiued & bare a sonne, and said, God hath taken away my rebuke. Genesis 30:24 And shee called his name Ioseph, saying, The Lord wil giue me yet another sonne.
Jacob desireth to depart.
Genesis 30:25 And assoone as Rahel had borne Ioseph, Iaakob said to Laban, Sende me away that I may go vnto my place and to my countrey. Genesis 30:26 Giue me my wiues and my children, 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 answered, If I haue nowe found fauour in thy sight tarie: I haue perceiued that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake. Genesis 30:28 Also he said, Appoynt vnto me thy wages, and I will giue it thee. Genesis 30:29 But he sayd vnto him, Thou knowest, what seruice I haue done thee, and in what taking thy cattell hath bene vnder me. Genesis 30:30 For the litle, that thou haddest before I came, is increased into a multitude: and the Lorde hath blessed thee by my coming: but nowe when shall I trauell for mine owne house also? Genesis 30:31 Then he saide, What shal I giue thee? And Iaakob answered, Thou shalt giue mee nothing at all: if thou wilt doe this thing for mee, I will returne, feede, and keepe thy sheepe. Genesis 30:32 I wil passe through all thy flockes this day, and separate from them all the sheepe with litle spots & great spots, and al blacke lambes among the sheepe, and the great spotted, and litle spotted among the goates: and it shalbe my wages. Genesis 30:33 So shal my righteousnesse answere for me hereafter, when it shall come for my rewarde before thy face, and euery one that hath not litle or great spots among the goates, and blacke among the sheepe, the same shalbe theft with me. Genesis 30:34 Then Laban sayde, Goe to, woulde God it might be according to thy saying. Genesis 30:35 Therefore he tooke out the same day the hee goates that were partie coloured and with great spots, and all the shee goates with litle and great spots, and all that had white in them, and all the blacke among the sheepe, and put them in the keeping of his sonnes. Genesis 30:36 And hee set three dayes iourney betweene himselfe and Iaakob; Iaakob kept the rest of Labans sheepe.
Jacob's policy, whereby he became rich.
Genesis 30:37 Then Iaakob tooke rods of greene popular, and of hasell, and of the chesnut tree, and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appeare in the rods. Genesis 30:38 Then he put the rods, which he had pilled, in the gutters and watering troughes, when the sheepe came to drink, before the sheepe. (for they were in heate, when they came to drinke) Genesis 30:39 And the sheepe were in heate before the rods, and afterward brought forth yong of partie colour, and with small and great spots. Genesis 30:40 And Iaakob parted these lambes, and turned the faces of the flocke towardes these lambes partie coloured and all maner of blacke, among the sheepe of Laban: so hee put his owne flockes by themselues, and put them not with Labans flocke. Genesis 30:41 And in euery ramming time of the stronger sheepe, Iaakob layde the rods before the eyes of the sheepe in the gutters, that they might conceiue before the rods. Genesis 30:42 But when the sheepe were feeble, hee put them not in: and so the feebler were Labans, and the stronger Iaakobs. Genesis 30:43 So the man encreased exceedingly, and had many flockes, and maide seruantes, and men seruants, and camels and asses.