1 When RachelI sawII that she bore JacobIII no children,IV
she enviedV her sister;VI and she said to Jacob, “GiveVII me children,VIII or I shall die!”IX
2 Jacob became very angryX with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place ofXI God,XII who has withheldXIII from you the fruitXIV of the womb?”XV
3 Then she said, “HereXVI is my maidXVII Bilhah;XVIII go inXIX to her, that she may bear upon my kneesXX and that I too may have childrenXXI through her.”
4 So she gaveXXII him her maidXXIII Bilhah as a wife;XXIV and Jacob went in to her. 5 And Bilhah conceivedXXV and bore Jacob a son.XXVI
6 Then Rachel said, “God has judgedXXVII me, and has also heardXXVIII my voiceXXIX and given me a son”; therefore she namedXXX him Dan.XXXI
7 Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a secondXXXII son. 8 Then Rachel said, “With mightyXXXIII wrestlingsXXXIV I have wrestledXXXV with my sister, and have prevailed”;XXXVI so she named him Naphtali.XXXVII
9 When LeahXXXVIII saw that she had ceasedXXXIX bearing children, she tookXL her maidXLI ZilpahXLII and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Then Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 And Leah said, “Good fortune!”XLIII so she named him Gad.XLIV
12 Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, “HappyXLV am I! For the womenXLVI will call me happy”;XLVII so she named him Asher.XLVIII
14 In the daysXLIX of wheatL harvestLI ReubenLII wentLIII
and foundLIV mandrakesLV in the field,LVI and broughtLVII them to his motherLVIII Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “PleaseLIX give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
15 But she said to her, “Is it a smallLX matter that you have taken awayLXI my husband?LXII Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?”
Rachel said, “Then he may lieLXIII with you tonightLXIV forLXV your son’s mandrakes.”
16 When Jacob cameLXVI from the field in the evening, Leah went outLXVII to meetLXVIII him, and said, “You must come in to me; for I have hiredLXIX you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.
17 And God heededLXX Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Leah said, “God has given me my hireLXXI because I gave my maid to my husband”;LXXII so she named him Issachar.LXXIII
19 And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has endowedLXXIV me with a goodLXXV dowry;LXXVI nowLXXVII my husbandLXXVIII will honorLXXIX me, because I have borne him six sons”;
so she named him Zebulun.LXXX 21 Afterwards she bore a daughter,LXXXI and named her Dinah.LXXXII
22 Then God rememberedLXXXIII Rachel, and God heeded her and openedLXXXIV her womb.LXXXV
23 She conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken awayLXXXVI my reproach”;LXXXVII 24 and she named him Joseph,LXXXVIII saying, “May the LordLXXXIX addXC to me another son!”
25 XCIWhen Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban,XCII “Send me away,XCIII that I may go to my own homeXCIV and country.XCV
26 Give me my wives and my childrenXCVI for whom I have servedXCVII you, and let me go; for you knowXCVIII very well the serviceXCIX I have givenC you.”
27 But Laban said to him, “If you will allow me to say so,CI I have learned by divinationCII that the Lord has blessedCIII me because of you; 28 nameCIV your wages,CV and I will give it.”
29 Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your cattleCVI have faredCVII with me. 30 For you hadCVIII littleCIX beforeCX I came,
and it has increasedCXI abundantly;CXII and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned.CXIII But now when shall I provideCXIV for my own householdCXV also?”
31 He said, “What shall I give you?”
Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything;CXVI if you will doCXVII thisCXVIII for me,
I will againCXIX feedCXX your flockCXXI and keepCXXII it:
32 let me passCXXIII through all your flock today,CXXIV removingCXXV from it every speckledCXXVI and spottedCXXVII sheepCXXVIII
and every blackCXXIX lamb,CXXX and the spotted and speckled among the goats;CXXXI and such shall beCXXXII my wages.
33 So my honestyCXXXIII will answerCXXXIV for me later,CXXXV when you come to look into my wages withCXXXVI 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.”CXXXVII
34 Laban said, “Good!CXXXVIII Let it be as you have said.” 35 But that day Laban removed the male goatsCXXXIX that were stripedCXL and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had whiteCXLI on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge ofCXLII his sons;
36 and he setCXLIII a distance of threeCXLIV days’ journeyCXLV between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturingCXLVI the restCXLVII of Laban’s flock.
37 Then Jacob took freshCXLVIII rodsCXLIX of poplarCL and almondCLI and plane,CLII
and peeledCLIII white streaksCLIV in them, exposingCLV the white of the rods.
38 He setCLVI the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs,CLVII that is, the wateringCLVIII places, where the flocks came to drink.CLIX And since they bredCLX when they came to drink, 39 the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks producedCLXI young that were striped, speckled, and spotted.
40 Jacob separatedCLXII the lambs, and setCLXIII the facesCLXIV of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he putCLXV his own drovesCLXVI apart,CLXVII and did not put them with Laban’s flock.
41 CLXVIIIWhenever the strongerCLXIX of the flock were breeding, Jacob laidCLXX the rods in the troughs before the eyesCLXXI of the flock, that they might breed among the rods, 42 but for the feeblerCLXXII of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.
43 Thus the manCLXXIII grew exceedinglyCLXXIV rich,CLXXV
and had largeCLXXVI flocks, and maleCLXXVII and female slaves,CLXXVIII and camelsCLXXIX and donkeys.CLXXX
Image credit: “European Mouflon” at the Saarbrücken Wildlife Park by AnRo0002 in 2014.