THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Genesis (Author Moses)

30:1¤ And Rachel seeing herself without children, envied her sister, and said to her husband: Give me children, otherwise I shall die.

30:2And Jacob being angry with her, answered: Am I as God, who hath deprived thee of the fruit of thy womb?

30:3But she said: I have here my servant Bala: go in unto her, that she may bear upon my knees, and I may have children by her.

30:4And she gave him Bala in marriage: who,

30:5When her husband had gone in unto her, conceived and bore a son.

30:6And Rachel said: The Lord hath judged for me, and hath heard my voice, giving me a son; and therefore she called his name Dan.

30:7And again Bala conceived, and bore another,

30:8For whom Rachel said: God hath compared me with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called him Nephthali.

30:9Lia perceiving that she had left off bearing, gave Zelpha, her handmaid, to her husband.

30:10And when she had conceived, and brought forth a son,

30:11She said: Happily. And therefore called his name Gad.

30:12Zelpha also bore another.

30:13And Lia said: This is for my happiness: for women will call me blessed. Therefore she called him Aser.

30:14And Ruben going out in the time of the wheat harvest into the field, found mandrakes: which he brought to his mother Lia. And Rachel said: Give me part of thy son's mandrakes.

30:15She answered: Dost thou think it a small matter, that thou hast taken my husband from me, unless thou take also my son's mandrakes? Rachel said: He shall sleep with thee this night, for thy son's mandrakes.

30:16And when Jacob returned at even from the field, Lia went out to meet him, and said: Thou shalt come in unto me, because I have hired thee for my son's mandrakes. And he slept with her that night.

30:17And God heard her prayers; and she conceived: and bore a fifth son:

30:18And said: God hath given me a reward, because I gave my handmaid to my husband. And she called his name Issachar.

30:19And Lia conceived again, and bore the sixth son,

30:20And said: God hath endowed me with a good dowry; this turn also my husband will be with me, because I have borne him six sons: and therefore she called his name Zabulon.

30:21After whom she bore a daughter, named Dina.

30:22The Lord also remembering Rachel, heard her, and opened her womb.

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

30:24And she called his name Joseph: saying: The Lord give me also another son.

30:25And when Joseph was born, Jacob said to his father-in-law: Send me away, that I may return into my country, and to my land.

30:26Give me my wives, and my children, for whom I have served thee, that I may depart: thou knowest the service that I have rendered thee.

30:27Laban said to him: Let me find favour in thy sight: I have learned, by experience, that God hath blessed me for thy sake.

30:28Appoint thy wages which I shall give thee.

30:29But he answered: Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how great thy possession hath been in my hands.

30:30Thou hadst but little before I came to thee, and now thou art become rich: and the Lord hath blessed thee at my coming. It is reasonable, therefore, that I should now provide also for my own house.

30:31And Laban said: What shall I give thee? But he said: I require nothing; but if thou wilt do what I demand, I will feed and keep thy sheep again.

30:32Go round through all thy flocks, and separate all the sheep of divers colours, and speckled; and all that is brown and spotted, and of divers colours, as well among the sheep as among the goats, shall be my wages.

30:33And my justice shall answer for me tomorrow before thee, when the time of the bargain shall come; and all that is not of divers colours, and spotted, and brown, as well among the sheep as among the goats, shall accuse me of theft.

30:34And Laban said: I like well what thou demandest.

30:35And he separated the same day the she-goats, and the sheep, and the he-goats, and the rams of divers colours, and spotted; and all the flock of one colour, that is, of white and black fleece, he delivered into the hands of his sons.

30:36And he set the space of three days' journey betwixt himself and his son-in-law, who fed the rest of his flock.

30:37And Jacob took green rods of poplar, and of almond, and of plane-trees, and pilled them in part: so when the bark was taken off, in the parts that were pilled, there appeared whiteness: but the parts that were whole, remained green: and by this means the colour was divers.

30:38And he put them in the troughs, where the water was poured out; that when the flocks should come to drink, they might have the rods before their eyes, and in the sight of them might conceive.

30:39And it came to pass, that in the very heat of coition, the sheep beheld the rods, and brought forth spotted, and of divers colours, and speckled.

30:40And Jacob separated the flock, and put the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the rams; and all the white and the black were Laban's, and the rest were Jacob's, when the flocks were separated one from the other.

30:41So when the ewes went first to ram, Jacob put the rods in the troughs of water before the eyes of the rams, and of the ewes, that they might conceive while they were looking upon them.

30:42But when the later coming was, and the last conceiving, he did not put them. And those that were lateward, became Laban's; and they of the first time, Jacob's.

30:43And the man was enriched exceedingly, and he had many flocks, maid-servants and men-servants, camels and asses.

31:1¤ But after that he had heard the words of the sons of Laban, saying: Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's, and being enriched by his substance is become great.

31:2And perceiving also, that Laban's countenance was not towards him as yesterday and the other day.

31:3Especially the Lord saying to him: Return into the land of thy fathers and to thy kindred, and I will be with thee.

31:4He sent, and called Rachel and Lia into the field, where he fed the flocks,

31:5And said to them: I see your father's countenance is not towards me as yesterday and the other day: but the God of my father hath been with me.

31:6And you know that I have served your father to the uttermost of my power.

31:7Yea your father hath also overreached me, and hath changed my wages ten times: and yet God hath not suffered him to hurt me.

31:8If at any time, he said: The speckled shall be thy wages: all the sheep brought forth speckled: but when he said on the contrary: Thou shalt take all the white ones for thy wages: all the flocks brought forth white ones.

31:9And God hath taken your father's substance, and given it to me.

31:10For after the time came of the ewes conceiving, I lifted up my eyes, and saw in my sleep, that the males which leaped upon the females were of divers colours, and spotted, and speckled.

31:11And the angel of God said to me in my sleep: Jacob. And I answered: Here I am.

31:12And he said: Lift up thy eyes, and see that all the males leaping upon the females, are of divers colours, spotted and speckled. For I have seen all that Laban hath done to thee.

31:13I am the God of Bethel, where thou didst anoint the stone, and make a vow to me. Now therefore arise, and go out of this land, and return into thy native country.

31:14And Rachel and Lia answered: Have we any thing left among the goods and inheritance of our father's house?

31:15Hath he not counted us as strangers, and sold us, and eaten up the price of us?

31:16But God hath taken our father's riches, and delivered them to us, and to our children: wherefore, do all that God hath commanded thee.

31:17Then Jacob rose up, and having set his children and wives upon camels, went his way.

31:18And he took all his substance, and flocks, and whatsoever he had gotten in Mesopotamia, and went forward to Isaac, his father, to the land of Chanaan.

31:19At that time Laban was gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole away her father's idols.

31:20And Jacob would not confess to his father-in-law that he was flying away.

31:21And when he was gone, together with all that belonged to him, and having passed the river, was going on towards mount Galaad,

31:22It was told Laban on the third day, that Jacob fled.

31:23And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days; and overtook him in the mount of Galaad.

31:24And he saw in a dream God, saying to him: Take heed thou speak not any thing harshly against Jacob.

31:25Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain: and when he, with his brethren, had overtaken him, he pitched his tent in the same mount of Galaad.

31:26And he said to Jacob: Why hast thou done thus, to carry away, without my knowledge, my daughters as captives taken with the sword?

31:27Why wouldst thou run away privately, and not acquaint me, that I might have brought thee on the way with joy, and with songs, and with timbrels, and with harps?

31:28Thou hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and daughters; thou hast done foolishly; and now indeed,

31:29It is in my power to return thee evil; but the God of your father said to me yesterday: Take heed thou speak not any thing harshly against Jacob.

31:30Suppose thou didst desire to go to thy friends, and hadst a longing after thy father's house: why hast thou stolen away my gods?

31:31Jacob answered: That I departed unknown to thee, it was for fear lest thou wouldst take away thy daughters by force.

31:32But, whereas, thou chargest me with theft: with whomsoever thou shalt find thy gods, let him be slain before our brethren. Search, and if thou find any of thy things with me, take them away. Now when he said this, he knew not that Rachel had stolen the idols.

31:33So Laban went into the tent of Jacob, and of Lia, and of both the handmaids, and found them not. And when he was entered into Rachel's tent,

31:34She, in haste, hid the idols under the camel's furniture, and sat upon them: and when he had searched all the tent, and found nothing,

31:35She said: Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise up before thee, because it has now happened to me according to the custom of women. So his careful search was in vain.

31:36And Jacob being angry, said in a chiding manner: For what fault of mine, and for what offence on my part hast thou so hotly pursued me,

31:37And searched all my household stuff? What hast thou found of all the substance of thy house? lay it here before my brethren, and thy brethren, and let them judge between me and thee.

31:38Have I, therefore, been with thee twenty years? thy ewes and goats were not barren, the rams of thy flocks I did not eat:

31:39Neither did I shew thee that which the beast had torn; I made good all the damage: whatsoever was lost by theft, thou didst exact it of me:

31:40Day and night was I parched with heat, and with frost, and sleep departed from my eyes.

31:41And in this manner have I served thee in thy house twenty years, fourteen for thy daughters, and six for thy flocks: thou hast changed also my wages ten times.

31:42Unless the God of my father, Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had stood by me, peradventure now thou hadst sent me away naked: God beheld my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesterday.

31:43Laban answered him: The daughters are mine, and the children, and thy flocks, and all things that thou seest are mine: what can I do to my children, and grandchildren?

31:44Come, therefore, let us enter into a league; that it may be for a testimony between me and thee.

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

31:46And he said to his brethren: Bring hither stones. And they, gathering stones together, made a heap, and they ate upon it.

31:47And Laban called it, The witness heap; and Jacob, The hillock of testimony: each of them according to the propriety of his language.

31:48And Laban said: This heap shall be a witness between me and thee this day, and therefore the name thereof was called Galaad, that is, The witness heap.

31:49The Lord behold and judge between us, when we shall be gone one from the other.

31:50If thou afflict my daughters, and if thou bring in other wives over them: none is witness of our speech but God, who is present and beholdeth.

31:51And he said again to Jacob: Behold this heap, and the stone which I have set up between me and thee,

31:52Shall be a witness: this heap, I say, and the stone, be they for a testimony, if either I shall pass beyond it going towards thee, or thou shalt pass beyond it thinking harm to me.

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

31:54And after he had offered sacrifices in the mountain, he called his brethren to eat bread. And when they had eaten, they lodged there:

31:55But Laban arose in the night, and kissed his sons and daughters, and blessed them: and returned to his place.

32:1¤ Jacob also went on the journey he had begun: and the angels of God met him.

32:2And when he saw them, he said: These are the camps of God, and he called the name of that place Mahanaim, that is, Camps.

32:3And he sent messengers before him to Esau, his brother, to the land of Seir, to the country of Edom:

32:4And he commanded them, saying: Thus shall ye speak to my lord Esau: Thus saith thy brother Jacob: I have sojourned with Laban, and have been with him until this day:

32:5I have oxen, and asses, and sheep, and menservants, and womenservants: and now I send a message to my lord, that I may find favour in thy sight.

32:6And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying: We came to Esau, thy brother, and behold he cometh with speed to meet thee with four hundred men.

32:7Then Jacob was greatly afraid; and in his fear divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and the sheep, and the oxen, and the camels, into two companies,

32:8Saying: If Esau come to one company, and destroy it, the other company that is left, shall escape.

32:9And Jacob said: O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac: O Lord who saidst to me, Return to thy land, and to the place of thy birth, and I will do well for thee.

32:10I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, and of thy truth which thou hast fulfilled to thy servant. With my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I return with two companies.

32:11Deliver me from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am greatly afraid of him; lest perhaps he come, and kill the mother with the children.

32:12Thou didst say, that thou wouldst do well by me, and multiply my seed like the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

32:13And when he had slept there that night, he set apart, of the things which he had, presents for his brother Esau,

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

32:15Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and twenty bulls, twenty she-asses, and ten of their foals.

32:16And he sent them by the hands of his servants, every drove by itself, and he said to his servants: Go before me, and let there be a space between drove and drove.

32:17And he commanded the first, saying: If thou meet my brother Esau, and he ask thee: Whose art thou? or whither goest thou? or whose are these before thee?

32:18Thou shalt answer: Thy servant Jacob's: he hath sent them as a present to my lord Esau; and he cometh after us.

32:19In like manner he commanded the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying: Speak ye the same words to Esau, when ye find him.

32:20And ye shall add: Thy servant Jacob himself also followeth after us; for he said: I will appease him with the presents that go before, and afterwards I will see him, perhaps he will be gracious to me.

32:21So the presents went before him, but himself lodged that night in the camp.

32:22And rising early, he took his two wives and his two handmaids, with his eleven sons, and passed over the ford of Jaboc.

32:23And when all things were brought over that belonged to him,

32:24He remained alone; and behold, a man wrestled with him till morning.

32:25And when he saw that he could not overcome him, he touched the sinew of his thigh, and forthwith it shrank.

32:26And he said to him: Let me go, for it is break of day. He answered: I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

32:27And he said: What is thy name? He answered: Jacob.

32:28But he said: Thy name shall not be called Jacob, but Israel; for if thou hast been strong against God, how much more shalt thou prevail against men?

32:29Jacob asked him: Tell me by what name art thou called? He answered: Why dost thou ask my name? And he blessed him in the same place.

32:30And Jacob called the name of the place Phanuel, saying: I have seen God face to face, and my soul has been saved.

32:31And immediately the sun rose upon him, after he was past Phanuel; but he halted on his foot.

32:32Therefore the children of Israel, unto this day, eat not the sinew, that shrank in Jacob's thigh: because he touched the sinew of his thigh and it shrank.



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