Genesis 301When Rachel saw that ashe bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” 2Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, bwho has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” 3Then she said, “Here is my servant cBilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth don my behalf, ▼
▼Hebrew on my kneesthat even I may have children ▼
▼Hebrew be built up, which sounds like the Hebrew for childrenthrough her.” 4So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6Then Rachel said, “God has gjudged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan. ▼
▼ Dan sounds like the Hebrew for judged7Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings ▼
▼Hebrew With wrestlings of GodI have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she called his name jNaphtali. ▼
▼ Naphtali sounds like the Hebrew for wrestling
9When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and lgave her to Jacob as a wife. 10Then Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11And Leah said, m“Good fortune has come!” so she called his name nGad. ▼
▼ Gad sounds like the Hebrew for good fortune12Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women phave called me happy.” So she called his name Asher. ▼
▼ Asher sounds like the Hebrew for happy
14In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found rmandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 15But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” 16When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. 17And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18Leah said, “God has given me my wages because I gave my servant to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar. ▼
▼ Issachar sounds like the Hebrew for wages, or hire
19And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. 20Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name tZebulun. ▼
▼ Zebulun sounds like the Hebrew for honor21Afterward she bore a daughter and called her name Dinah.
22Then God vremembered Rachel, and God listened to her and wopened her womb. 23She conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away xmy reproach.” 24And she called his name Joseph, ▼
▼ Joseph means May he add, and sounds like the Hebrew for taken awaysaying, z“May the Lord add to me another son!”
Jacob’s Prosperity25As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. 26Give me my wives and my children aafor whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” 27But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that ▼
▼Or have become rich andthe Lord has blessed me because of you. 28 acName your wages, and I will give it.” 29Jacob said to him, ad“You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. 30For you had little before I came, aeand it has increased abundantly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I afprovide for my own household also?” 31He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: 32let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and agthey shall be my wages. 33So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” 34Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” 35But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. 36And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock.
37Then ahJacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. 38He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the aiwatering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, 39the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. 40And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban’s flock. 41Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, 42but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s. 43Thus the man ajincreased greatly and akhad large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
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