1Rachel, seeing that she herself gave Jacob no children, became jealous of her sister. And she said toJacob, 'Give me children, or I shal die!' 2This made Jacob angry with Rachel, and he retorted, 'Am I in the position of God, who has denied youmotherhood?' 3So she said, 'Here is my slave-girl, Bilhah. Sleep with her and let her give birth on my knees; throughher, then, I too shal have children!' 4So she gave him her slave-girl Bilhah as concubine. Jacob slept with her, 5and Bilhah conceived and gave birth to a son by Jacob. 6Then Rachel said, 'God has done me justice; yes, he has heard my prayer and given me a son.'Accordingly she named him Dan. 7Again Rachel's slave-girl Bilhah conceived and gave birth to a second son by Jacob. 8Then Rachel said, 'I have fought a fateful battle with my sister, and I have won!' So she named himNaphtali. 9Now Leah, seeing that she had ceased to bear children, took her slave-girl Zilpah and gave her toJacob as concubine. 10So Leah's slave-girl Zilpah gave birth to a son by Jacob. 11Then Leah exclaimed, 'What good fortune!' So she named him Gad. 12Leah's slave-girl Zilpah gave birth to a second son by Jacob. 13Then Leah said, 'What blessedness! Women will cal me blessed!' So she named him Asher. 14One day, at the time of the wheat harvest, Reuben found some mandrakes in the field and broughtthem to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, 'Please give me some of your son's mandrakes.' 15Leah replied, 'Is it not enough to have taken my husband, without your taking my son's mandrakesas well?' So Rachel said, 'Very wel , he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes.' 16When Jacob came back from the fields that night, Leah went out to meet him and said, 'You mustcome to me, for I have hired you at the price of my son's mandrakes.' So he slept with her that night. 17God heard Leah, and she conceived and gave birth to a fifth son by Jacob. 18Then Leah said, 'God has given me my reward for giving my slave-girl to my husband.' So shenamed him Issachar. 19Again Leah conceived and gave birth to a sixth son by Jacob, 20and said, 'God has given me a fine gift; now my husband wil bring me presents, for I have borne himsix sons.' So she named him Zebulun. 21Later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah. 22Then God remembered Rachel; he heard her and opened her womb. 23She conceived and gave birth to a son, and said, 'God has taken away my disgrace!' 24She named him Joseph, saying, 'May Yahweh add another son for me!' 25When Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, 'Release me and let me go home tomy own country. 26Give me my wives for whom I have worked for you, and my children, and let me go. You are welaware how long I have worked for you.' 27Laban replied, 'If I have done what pleases you . . . I have learnt by divination that Yahweh hasblessed me because of you. 28So name your wages,' he added, 'and I wil pay.' 29He replied, 'You know how hard I have worked for you, and how your stock has fared in my charge. 30The little you had before I came has increased enormously, and Yahweh has blessed you wherever Ihave been. When am I to provide for my own household too?' 31Laban said, 'How much am I to pay you?' Jacob replied, 'You need not pay me anything. I shallchange my mind and go on tending your flock, if you do this one thing for me. 32'Go through your entire flock today and remove every black animal among the sheep, and everyspeckled or spotted one among the goats. These wil be my wages, 33and my uprightness wil answer for me later: when you come to check my wages, every goat I havethat is not speckled or spotted, and every sheep that is not black will count as stolen by me.' 34Laban replied, 'Good, just as you say.' 35That same day he removed the striped and speckled he-goats and all the spotted and speckled she-goats, every one that had white on it, and al the black sheep, and entrusted these to his sons. 36Then he put a three days' journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob grazed the rest ofLaban's flock. 37Jacob then got fresh shoots from poplar, almond and plane trees, and peeled them in white strips,laying bare the white part of the shoots. 38He set up the shoots he had peeled in front of the animals, in the troughs, in the water-holes wherethe animals came to drink. Since they mated when they came to drink, 39the goats thus mated in front of the shoots and so the goats produced striped, spotted and speckledyoung. 40The ewes, on the other hand, Jacob kept apart and made these face whatever was striped or blackin Laban's flock. Thus he built up droves of his own which he did not put with Laban's flocks. 41Furthermore, whenever the sturdier animals were mating, Jacob put the shoots where the animalscould see them, in the troughs, so that they would mate in front of the shoots. 42But when the animals were feeble, he did not put them there; so Laban got the feeble, and Jacob thesturdy. 43Thus the man grew extremely rich, and came to own large flocks, men and women slaves, camelsand donkeys.
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