Context9When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10Leahs maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11Then Leah said, How fortunate! So she named him Gad. 12Leahs maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13Then Leah said, Happy am I! For women will call me happy. So she named him Asher.
14Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Please give me some of your sons mandrakes. 15But she said to her, Is it a small matter for you to take my husband? And would you take my sons mandrakes also? So Rachel said, Therefore he may lie with you tonight in return for your sons mandrakes. 16When Jacob came in from the field in the evening, then Leah went out to meet him and said, You must come in to me, for I have surely hired you with my sons mandrakes. So he lay with her that night. 17God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18Then Leah said, God has given me my wages because I gave my maid to my husband. So she named him Issachar. 19Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob. 20Then Leah said, God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. So she named him Zebulun. 21Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
22Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb. 23So she conceived and bore a son and said, God has taken away my reproach. 24She named him Joseph, saying, May the LORD give me another son.
25Now it came about 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 country. 26Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you. 27But Laban said to him, If now it pleases you, stay with me; I have divined that the LORD has blessed me on your account. 28He continued, Name me your wages, and I will give it. 29But he said to him, You yourself know how I have served you and how your cattle have fared with me. 30For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also? 31So he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, You shall not give me anything. If you will do this one thing for me, I will again pasture and keep your flock: 32let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted sheep and every black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages. 33So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen. 34Laban said, Good, let it be according to your word. 35So he removed on that day the striped and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats, every one with white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons. 36And he put a distance of three days journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Labans flocks.
37Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods. 38He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink. 39So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. 40Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Labans flock. 41Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods; 42but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Labans and the stronger Jacobs. 43So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
When Leah saw that she had left off bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife.
Lia, perceiving that she had left off bearing, gave Zelpha her handmaid to her husband.
Darby Bible Translation
And when Leah saw that she had ceased to bear, she took Zilpah her maidservant and gave her to Jacob as wife.
English Revised Version
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife.
Webster's Bible Translation
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah, her maid, and gave her Jacob for a wife.
World English Bible
When Leah saw that she had finished bearing, she took Zilpah, her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
Young's Literal Translation
And Leah seeth that she hath ceased from bearing, and she taketh Zilpah her maid-servant, and giveth her to Jacob for a wife;
LibraryMeditations for Household Piety.
1. If thou be called to the government of a family, thou must not hold it sufficient to serve God and live uprightly in thy own person, unless thou cause all under thy charge to do the same with thee. For the performance of this duty God was so well pleased with Abraham, that he would not hide from him his counsel: "For," saith God, "I know him that he will command his sons and his household after him that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
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