Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, giveth Bilhah her maid unto Jacob.
Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. Genesis 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb? Genesis 30:3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may obtain children by her. Genesis 30:4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
She beareth Dan and Naphtali.
Genesis 30:5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. Genesis 30:6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan. Genesis 30:7 And Bilhah Rachel's handmaid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son. Genesis 30:8 And Rachel said, With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
Leah giveth Zilpah her maid, who beareth Gad and Asher.
Genesis 30:9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife. Genesis 30:10 And Zilpah Leah's handmaid bare Jacob a son. Genesis 30:11 And Leah said, Fortunate! and she called his name Gad. Genesis 30:12 And Zilpah Leah's handmaid bare Jacob a second son. Genesis 30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I! for the daughters will call me happy: and she called his name Asher.
Reuben findeth mandrakes, with which Leah buyeth her husband of Rachel.
Genesis 30:14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes. Genesis 30:15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken away my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son's mandrakes. Genesis 30:16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
Leah beareth Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.
Genesis 30:17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob a fifth son. Genesis 30:18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband: and she called his name Issachar. Genesis 30:19 And Leah conceived again, and bare a sixth son to Jacob. Genesis 30:20 And Leah said, God hath endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun. Genesis 30:21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
Rachel beareth Joseph.
Genesis 30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. Genesis 30:23 And she conceived, and bare a son: and said, God hath taken away my reproach: Genesis 30:24 and she called his name Joseph, saying, The LORD add to me another son.
Jacob desireth to depart.
Genesis 30:25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country. Genesis 30:26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service wherewith I have served thee.
Laban stayeth him on a new covenant.
Genesis 30:27 And Laban said unto him, If now I have found favour in thine eyes, [tarry]: [for] I have divined that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake. Genesis 30:28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it. Genesis 30:29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle hath fared with me. Genesis 30:30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it hath increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee whithersoever I turned: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also? Genesis 30:31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me aught: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed thy flock and keep it. Genesis 30:32 I will pass through all thy flock today, removing from thence every speckled and spotted one, and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and [of such] shall be my hire. Genesis 30:33 So shall my righteousness answer for me hereafter, when thou shalt come concerning my hire that is before thee: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and black among the sheep, that [if found] with me shall be counted stolen. Genesis 30:34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word. Genesis 30:35 And 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 black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons; Genesis 30:36 and he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
Jacob's policy, whereby he became rich.
Genesis 30:37 And Jacob took him rods of fresh poplar, and of the almond and of the plane tree; and peeled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. Genesis 30:38 And he set the rods which he had peeled over against the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink; and they conceived when they came to drink. Genesis 30:39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. Genesis 30:40 And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and put them not unto Laban's flock. Genesis 30:41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger of the flock did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods; Genesis 30:42 but when the flock were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. Genesis 30:43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and asses.