1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel was jealous of her
sister, and said to Jacob, Give me sons, or if not I shall die!
2 And Jacob's anger burned against Rachel, and he said, Am I in the place of God, who
has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she shall give birth on my
knees, that I also may be built up by her.
4 And she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife, and Jacob went in to her.
5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
6 And Rachel said, God has judged my case, and has also heard my voice and given me a
son. Therefore she called his name Dan.
7 And Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have
prevailed. So she called his name Naphtali.
9 And when Leah saw that she had stopped giving birth, she took Zilpah her maid and
gave her to Jacob as wife.
10 And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, Good fortune has come! So she called his name Gad.
12 And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, I am happy, for the daughters shall call me blessed. So she called his
14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest and found mandrakes in the field, and
brought them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to Leah, Please give me some of your
15 And 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? And Rachel said, Therefore he will lie with you
tonight for your son's mandrakes.
16 When Jacob came out of the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said,
You must come in to me, for hiring I have hired you with my son's mandrakes. And he lay
with her that night.
17 And God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 And Leah said, God has given me my wages, because I have given my maid to my
husband. So she called his name Issachar.
19 And Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20 And Leah said, God has endowed me with a good endowment; this time my husband
will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. So she called his name Zebulun.
21 And afterward she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
22 And God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived and bore a son, and said, God has taken away my reproach.
24 So she called his name Joseph, and said, Jehovah shall add to me another son.
25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send
me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own land.
26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for
you know my service with which I have served you.
27 And Laban said to him, Please stay, if I have found favor in your eyes, for I have
observed the signs that Jehovah has blessed me because of you.
28 And he said, Specify your wages to me, and I will give it.
29 So Jacob said to him, You know how I have served you and how your livestock is with
30 For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased into a multitude;
Jehovah has blessed you since I stepped foot here. And now, when shall I also provide for
my own house?
31 So he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, You shall not give me anything. If
you will do this thing for me, I will turn back to feed and keep your flocks:
32 Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and
spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled
among the goats; and these shall be my wages.
33 So my righteousness shall testify for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages
comes before you: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown
among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me.
34 And Laban said, Oh, that it were according to your word!
35 So he removed that day the male goats that were speckled and spotted, all the female
goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had some white in it, and all the
brown ones among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
36 And he put three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of
37 And Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and plane trees,
peeled white strips in them, and laid bare the white which was in the rods.
38 And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the troughs, in the
watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should come into heat when
they came to drink.
39 And the flocks mated before the rods, and the flocks gave birth to streaked, speckled,
40 And Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the streaked and all
the brown in the flock of Laban; but he put his own flocks by themselves and did not put
them with Laban's flock.
41 And it came to pass, whenever the stronger livestock were in heat, that Jacob placed
the rods before the eyes of the livestock in the troughs, that they might mate among the
42 And when the flocks were feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's
and the stronger Jacob's.
43 And the man increased exceedingly greatly, and had many cattle, female and male
servants, and camels and donkeys.