THE HOLY BIBLE Darby

Genesis (Author Moses)

30:1And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

30:2And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, Am I in God's stead, who has withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

30:3And she said, Behold, there is my maid, Bilhah: go in to her, in order that she may bear on my knees, and I may also be built up by her.

30:4And she gave him Bilhah her maidservant as wife, and Jacob went in to her.

30:5And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.

30:6And Rachel said, God has done me justice, and has also heard my voice, and given me a son; therefore she called his name Dan.

30:7And Bilhah Rachel's maidservant again conceived, and bore Jacob a second son.

30:8And Rachel said, Wrestlings of God have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed; and she called his name Naphtali.

30:9And when Leah saw that she had ceased to bear, she took Zilpah her maidservant and gave her to Jacob as wife.

30:10And Zilpah Leah's maidservant bore Jacob a son.

30:11And Leah said, Fortunately! and she called his name Gad.

30:12And Zilpah Leah's maidservant bore Jacob a second son.

30:13And Leah said, Happy am I; for the daughters will call me blessed! and she called his name Asher.

30:14And Reuben went out in the days of wheat-harvest, and found mandrakes in the fields; and he brought them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.

30:15And she said to her, Is it too little that thou hast taken my husband, that thou wilt take my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son's mandrakes.

30:16And when Jacob came from the fields in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in to me, for indeed I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.

30:17And God hearkened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son.

30:18And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have given my maidservant to my husband; and she called his name Issachar.

30:19And Leah again conceived, and bore Jacob a sixth son;

30:20and Leah said, God has endowed me with a good dowry; this time will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. And she called his name Zebulun.

30:21And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

30:22And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb.

30:23And she conceived, and bore a son, and said, God has taken away my reproach.

30:24And she called his name Joseph; and said, Jehovah will add to me another son.

30:25And it came to pass when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my place and to my country.

30:26Give me my wives for whom I have served thee, and my children; that I may go away, for thou knowest my service which I have served thee.

30:27And Laban said to him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes -- I have discovered that Jehovah has blessed me for thy sake.

30:28And he said, Appoint to me thy wages, and I will give it.

30:29And he said to him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and what thy cattle has become with me.

30:30For it was little that thou hadst before me, and it is increased to a multitude, and Jehovah has blessed thee from the time I came; and now, when shall I also provide for my house?

30:31And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me anything. If thou doest this for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:

30:32I will pass through all thy flock to-day, to remove thence all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and that shall be my hire.

30:33And my righteousness shall answer for me hereafter, when thou comest about my hire, before thy face: all that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, let that be stolen with me.

30:34And Laban said, Well, let it be according to thy word.

30:35And he removed that day the he-goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white in it, and all the brown among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons.

30:36And he put three days' journey between himself and Jacob. And Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flock.

30:37And Jacob took fresh rods of white poplar, almond-tree, and maple; and peeled off white stripes in them, uncovering the white which was on the rods.

30:38And he set the rods which he had peeled before the flock, in the troughs at the watering-places where the flock came to drink, and they were ardent when they came to drink.

30:39And the flock was ardent before the rods; and the flock brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

30:40And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flock toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he made himself separate flocks, and did not put them with Laban's flock.

30:41And it came to pass whensoever the strong cattle were ardent, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might become ardent among the rods;

30:42but when the sheep were feeble, he put them not in; so the feeble were Laban's, and the strong Jacob's.

30:43And the man increased very, very much, and had much cattle, and bondwomen, and bondmen, and camels, and asses.

31:1And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and of what was our father's he has acquired all this glory.

31:2And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as previously.

31:3And Jehovah said to Jacob, Return into the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

31:4And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the fields to his flock,

31:5and said to them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as previously; but the God of my father has been with me.

31:6And you know that with all my power I have served your father.

31:7And your father has mocked me, and has changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

31:8If he said thus; The speckled shall be thy hire, then all the flocks bore speckled; and if he said thus: The ringstraked shall be thy hire, then all the flocks bore ringstraked.

31:9And God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

31:10And it came to pass at the time of the ardour of the flocks, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams that leaped upon the flocks were ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

31:11And the Angel of God said to me in a dream, Jacob! And I said, Here am I.

31:12And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see: all the rams that leap upon the flock are ringstraked, speckled, and spotted; for I have seen all that Laban does to thee.

31:13I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, where thou vowedst a vow to me. Now arise, depart out of this land, and return to the land of thy kindred.

31:14And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?

31:15Are we not reckoned of him strangers? for he has sold us, and has even constantly devoured our money.

31:16For all the wealth that God has taken from our father is ours and our children's; and now whatever God has said to thee do.

31:17And Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels,

31:18and carried away all his cattle, and all his property that he had acquired -- the cattle of his possessions that he had acquired in Padan-Aram, to go to Isaac his father, into the land of Canaan.

31:19And Laban had gone to shear his sheep. And Rachel stole the teraphim that belonged to her father.

31:20And Jacob deceived Laban the Syrian, in that he did not tell him that he fled.

31:21And he fled with all that he had; and he rose up and passed over the river, and set his face toward mount Gilead.

31:22And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.

31:23And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey, and overtook him on mount Gilead.

31:24And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, Take care thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

31:25And Laban came up with Jacob; and Jacob had pitched his tent on the mountain; Laban also with his brethren pitched on mount Gilead.

31:26And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast deceived me, and hast carried away my daughters as captives of war?

31:27Why didst thou flee away covertly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have conducted thee with mirth and with songs, with tambour and with harp;

31:28and hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now thou hast acted foolishly.

31:29It would be in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take care that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

31:30And now that thou must needs be gone, because thou greatly longedst after thy father's house, why hast thou stolen my gods?

31:31And Jacob answered and said to Laban, I was afraid; for I said, Lest thou shouldest take by force thy daughters from me.

31:32With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, he shall not live. Before our brethren discern what is thine with me, and take it to thee. But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

31:33And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two handmaids' tents, and found nothing; and he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.

31:34Now Rachel had taken the teraphim and put them under the camel's saddle; and she sat upon them. And Laban explored all the tent, but found nothing.

31:35And she said to her father, Let it not be an occasion of anger in the eyes of my lord that I cannot rise up before thee, for it is with me after the manner of women. And he searched carefully, but did not find the teraphim.

31:36And Jacob was angry, and he disputed with Laban. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my fault, what my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

31:37Whereas thou hast explored all my baggage, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, and let them decide between us both.

31:38These twenty years have I been with thee: thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock I have not eaten.

31:39What was torn I have not brought to thee; I had to bear the loss of it: of my hand hast thou required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.

31:40Thus it was with me: in the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from mine eyes.

31:41I have been these twenty years in thy house: I have served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy flock; and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

31:42Had not the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, been with me, it is certain thou wouldest have sent me away now empty. God has looked upon my affliction and the labour of my hands, and has judged last night.

31:43And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons are my sons, and the flock is my flock, and all that thou seest is mine; but as for my daughters, what can I do this day to them, or to their sons whom they have brought forth?

31:44And now, come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be a witness between me and thee.

31:45And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

31:46And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones. And they took stones, and made a heap, and ate there upon the heap.

31:47And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.

31:48And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed,

31:49-- and Mizpah; for he said, Let Jehovah watch between me and thee, when we shall be hidden one from another:

31:50if thou shouldest afflict my daughters, or if thou shouldest take wives besides my daughters, -- no man is with us; see, God is witness between me and thee!

31:51And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar which I have set up between me and thee:

31:52let this heap be witness, and the pillar a witness, that neither I pass this heap to go to thee, nor thou pass this heap and this pillar to come to me, for harm.

31:53The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us! And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.

31:54And Jacob offered a sacrifice upon the mountain, and invited his brethren to eat bread: and they ate bread, and lodged on the mountain.

31:55And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban went and returned to his place.

32:1And Jacob went on his way; and the angels of God met him.

32:2And when Jacob saw them he said, This is the camp of God. And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

32:3And Jacob sent messengers before his face to Esau his brother, into the land of Seir, the fields of Edom.

32:4And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak to my lord, to Esau: Thy servant Jacob speaks thus -- With Laban have I sojourned and tarried until now;

32:5and I have oxen, and asses, sheep, and bondmen, and bondwomen; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in thine eyes.

32:6And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother, to Esau; and he also is coming to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

32:7Then Jacob was greatly afraid, and was distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the sheep and the cattle and the camels, into two troops.

32:8And he said, If Esau come to the one troop and smite it, then the other troop which is left shall escape.

32:9And Jacob said, God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, Jehovah, who saidst unto me: Return into thy country and to thy kindred, and I will do thee good,

32:10-- I am too small for all the loving-kindness and all the faithfulness that thou hast shewn unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two troops.

32:11Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and smite me, and the mother with the children.

32:12And thou saidst, I will certainly deal well with thee, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

32:13And he lodged there that night; and took of what came to his hand a gift for Esau his brother --

32:14two hundred she-goats, and twenty he-goats; two hundred ewes, and twenty rams;

32:15thirty milch camels with their colts; forty kine, and ten bulls; twenty she-asses, and ten young asses.

32:16And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself; and he said to his servants, Go on before me, and put a space between drove and drove.

32:17And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets thee, and asks thee, saying, Whose art thou, and where goest thou, and whose are these before thee?

32:18-- then thou shalt say, Thy servant Jacob's: it is a gift sent to my lord, to Esau. And behold, he also is behind us.

32:19And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, According to this word shall ye speak to Esau when ye find him.

32:20And, moreover, ye shall say, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will propitiate him with the gift that goes before me, and afterwards I will see his face: perhaps he will accept me.

32:21And the gift went over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp.

32:22And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two maidservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok;

32:23and he took them and led them over the river, and led over what he had.

32:24And Jacob remained alone; and a man wrestled with him until the rising of the dawn.

32:25And when he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the joint of his thigh; and the joint of Jacob's thigh was dislocated as he wrestled with him.

32:26And he said, Let me go, for the dawn ariseth. And he said, I will not let thee go except thou bless me.

32:27And he said to him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

32:28And he said, Thy name shall not henceforth be called Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast wrestled with God, and with men, and hast prevailed.

32:29And Jacob asked and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, How is it that thou askest after my name? And he blessed him there.

32:30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel -- For I have seen God face to face, and my life has been preserved.

32:31And as he passed over Peniel, the sun rose upon him; and he limped upon his hip.

32:32Therefore the children of Israel do not eat of the sinew that is over the joint of the thigh, to this day; because he touched the joint of Jacob's thigh -- the sinew.



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