Young's Literal Translation

Genesis 30

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

Genesis 30:1 And Rachel seeth that she hath not borne to Jacob, and Rachel is envious of her sister, and saith unto Jacob, 'Give me sons, and if there is none—I die.' Genesis 30:2 And Jacob's anger burneth against Rachel, and he saith, 'Am I in stead of God who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?' Genesis 30:3 And she saith, 'Lo, my handmaid Bilhah, go in unto her, and she doth bear on my knees, and I am built up, even I, from her;' Genesis 30:4 and she giveth to him Bilhah her maid-servant for a wife, and Jacob goeth in unto her;

She beareth Dan and Naphtali.

Genesis 30:5 and Bilhah conceiveth, and beareth to Jacob a son, Genesis 30:6 and Rachel saith, 'God hath decided for me, and also hath hearkened to my voice, and giveth to me a son;' therefore hath she called his name Dan. Genesis 30:7 And Bilhah, Rachel's maid-servant, conceiveth again, and beareth a second son to Jacob, Genesis 30:8 and Rachel saith, 'With wrestlings of God I have wrestled with my sister, yea, I have prevailed;' and she calleth his name Napthali.

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

Genesis 30:9 And Leah seeth that she hath ceased from bearing, and she taketh Zilpah her maid-servant, and giveth her to Jacob for a wife; Genesis 30:10 and Zilpah, Leah's maid-servant, beareth to Jacob a son, Genesis 30:11 and Leah saith, 'A troop is coming;' and she calleth his name Gad. Genesis 30:12 And Zilpah, Leah's maid-servant, beareth a second son to Jacob, Genesis 30:13 and Leah saith, 'Because of my happiness, for daughters have pronounced me happy;' and she calleth his name Asher.

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

Genesis 30:14 And Reuben goeth in the days of wheat-harvest, and findeth love-apples in the field, and bringeth them in unto Leah, his mother, and Rachel saith unto Leah, 'Give to me, I pray thee, of the love-apples of thy son.' Genesis 30:15 And she saith to her, 'Is thy taking my husband a little thing, that thou hast taken also the love-apples of my son?' and Rachel saith, 'Therefore doth he lie with thee to-night, for thy son's love-apples.' Genesis 30:16 And Jacob cometh in from the field at evening; and Leah goeth to meet him, and saith, 'Unto me dost thou come in, for hiring I have hired thee with my son's love-apples;' and he lieth with her during that night.

Leah beareth Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.

Genesis 30:17 And God hearkeneth unto Leah, and she conceiveth, and beareth to Jacob a son, a fifth, Genesis 30:18 and Leah saith, 'God hath given my hire, because I have given my maid-servant to my husband;' and she calleth his name Issachar. Genesis 30:19 And conceive again doth Leah, and she beareth a sixth son to Jacob, Genesis 30:20 and Leah saith, 'God hath endowed me—a good dowry; this time doth my husband dwell with me, for I have borne to him six sons;' and she calleth his name Zebulun; Genesis 30:21 and afterwards hath she born a daughter, and calleth her name Dinah.

Rachel beareth Joseph.

Genesis 30:22 And God remembereth Rachel, and God hearkeneth unto her, and openeth her womb, Genesis 30:23 and she conceiveth and beareth a son, and saith, 'God hath gathered up my reproach;' Genesis 30:24 and she calleth his name Joseph, saying, 'Jehovah is adding to me another son.'

Jacob desireth to depart.

Genesis 30:25 And it cometh to pass, when Rachel hath borne Joseph, that Jacob saith unto Laban, 'Send me away, and I go unto my place, and to my land; Genesis 30:26 give up my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and I go; for thou—thou hast known my service which I have served thee.'

Laban stayeth him on a new covenant.

Genesis 30:27 And Laban saith unto him, 'If, I pray thee, I have found grace in thine eyes—I have observed diligently that Jehovah doth bless me for thy sake.' Genesis 30:28 He saith also, 'Define thy hire to me, and I give.' Genesis 30:29 And he saith unto him, 'Thou—thou hast known that which I have served thee [in], and that which thy substance was with me; Genesis 30:30 for [it is] little which thou hast had at my appearance, and it breaketh forth into a multitude, and Jehovah blesseth thee at my coming; and now, when do I make, I also, for mine own house?' Genesis 30:31 And he saith, 'What do I give to thee?' And Jacob saith, 'Thou dost not give me anything; if thou do for me this thing, I turn back; I have delight; thy flock I watch; Genesis 30:32 I pass through all thy flock to-day to turn aside from thence every sheep speckled and spotted, and every brown sheep among the lambs, and speckled and spotted among the goats—and it hath been my hire; Genesis 30:33 and my righteousness hath answered for me in the day to come, when it cometh in for my hire before thy face;—every one which is not speckled and spotted among [my] goats, and brown among [my] lambs—it is stolen with me.' Genesis 30:34 And Laban saith, 'Lo, O that it were according to thy word;' Genesis 30:35 and he turneth aside during that day the ring-streaked and the spotted he-goats, and all the speckled and the spotted she-goats, every one that [hath] white in it, and every brown one among the lambs, and he giveth into the hand of his sons, Genesis 30:36 and setteth a journey of three days between himself and Jacob; and Jacob is feeding the rest of the flock of Laban.

Jacob's policy, whereby he became rich.

Genesis 30:37 And Jacob taketh to himself a rod of fresh poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut, and doth peel in them white peelings, making bare the white that [is] on the rods, Genesis 30:38 and setteth up the rods which he hath peeled in the gutters in the watering troughs (when the flock cometh in to drink), over-against the flock, that they may conceive in their coming in to drink; Genesis 30:39 and the flocks conceive at the rods, and the flock beareth ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted ones. Genesis 30:40 And the lambs hath Jacob parted, and he putteth the face of the flock towards the ring-streaked, also all the brown in the flock of Laban, and he setteth his own droves by themselves, and hath not set them near Laban's flock. Genesis 30:41 And it hath come to pass whenever the strong ones of the flock conceive, that Jacob set the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, to cause them to conceive by the rods, Genesis 30:42 and when the flock is feeble, he doth not set [them]; and the feeble ones have been Laban's, and the strong ones Jacob's. Genesis 30:43 And the man increaseth very exceedingly, and hath many flocks, and maid-servants, and men-servants, and camels, and asses.

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