Genesis 30:38
New International Version
Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,

New Living Translation
Then he placed these peeled branches in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, for that was where they mated.

English Standard Version
He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,

Berean Study Bible
Then he set the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of the flocks coming in to drink. So when the flocks were in heat and came to drink,

King James Bible
And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.

New King James Version
And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink.

New American Standard Bible
He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the drinking troughs, that is, in the watering channels where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.

NASB 1995
He 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.

NASB 1977
And he 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.

Amplified Bible
Then he set the branches which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated and conceived when they came to drink.

Christian Standard Bible
He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep—in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep--in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink.

American Standard Version
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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he fastened the rods that he stripped while waters were running at the drinking place where the flocks came to drink next to the flock; and they conceived when they came to drink.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he laid the rods which he had peeled, in the hollows of the watering-troughs, that whensoever the cattle should come to drink, as they should have come to drink before the rods, the cattle might conceive at the rods.

Contemporary English Version
Then he put the branches where the sheep and goats would see them while they were drinking from the water trough. The goats mated there

Douay-Rheims Bible
And 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.

English Revised Version
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.

Good News Translation
He placed these branches in front of the flocks at their drinking troughs. He put them there, because the animals mated when they came to drink.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He placed the peeled branches in the troughs directly in front of the flocks, at the watering places where the flocks came to drink. When they were in heat and came to drink,

International Standard Version
Then he placed the branches that he had stripped bare in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He placed the branches in front of the flock, and they went into heat as they came to drink.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

Literal Standard Version
and sets up the rods which he has peeled in the gutters in the watering troughs (where the flock comes to drink), in front of the flock, that they may conceive in their coming to drink;

NET Bible
Then he set up the peeled branches in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He set up the branches in front of the flocks when they were in heat and came to drink.

New Heart English Bible
He set up the peeled branches which he had peeled opposite the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,

World English Bible
He set the rods which he had peeled opposite the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink. They conceived when they came to drink.

Young's Literal Translation
and setteth up the rods which he hath peeled in the gutters in the watering troughs (when the flock cometh in to drink), over-against the flock, that they may conceive in their coming in to drink;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jacob Prospers
37Jacob, however, took fresh branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees, and peeled the bark, exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 38Then he set the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of the flocks coming in to drink. So when the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 39they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.…

Cross References
Genesis 30:37
Jacob, however, took fresh branches of poplar, almond, and plane trees, and peeled the bark, exposing the white inner wood of the branches.

Genesis 30:39
they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.

Genesis 30:41
Whenever the stronger females of the flock were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs, in full view of the animals, so that they would breed in front of the branches.


Treasury of Scripture

And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.









(38) In the gutters . . . --Heb., in the troughs at the watering-places. So virtually all the versions; and see Exodus 2:16, where the word rendered here "gutters" is rightly translated troughs. The idea that there were gutters through which to pour the water into the troughs is utterly modern, but all travellers describe the fixed troughs put for the convenience of the cattle round the wells.

Verse 38. - And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flecks in the gutters (רִחָטִים; literally, the canals or channels through which the water ran, from a root signifying to run) in the watering troughs (שִׁקֲתות, i.e. the troughs which contained the water, to which the animals approached) when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive (literally, and they became warm, in the sense expressed in the A.V.) when they cams to drink - this was Jacob's first artifice to overreach Laban.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then he set
וַיַּצֵּ֗ג (way·yaṣ·ṣêḡ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3322: To place permanently

the peeled
פִּצֵּ֔ל (piṣ·ṣêl)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6478: To peel

branches
הַמַּקְלוֹת֙ (ham·maq·lō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4731: A shoot, stick

in the watering
הַמָּ֑יִם (ham·mā·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

troughs
בְּשִֽׁקֲת֣וֹת (bə·ši·qă·ṯō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 8268: Watering trough

in front of
לְנֹ֣כַח (lə·nō·ḵaḥ)
Preposition-l
Strong's 5227: The front part, opposite, in front of, forward, in behalf of

the flocks
הַצֹּ֤אן (haṣ·ṣōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

coming in
תָּבֹ֨אןָ (tā·ḇō·nā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to drink.
לִשְׁתּוֹת֙ (liš·tō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8354: To imbibe

So when the flocks
הַצֹּ֔אן (haṣ·ṣōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

were in heat
וַיֵּחַ֖מְנָה (way·yê·ḥam·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 3179: To be hot, to conceive

and came
בְּבֹאָ֥ן (bə·ḇō·’ān)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person feminine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to drink,
לִשְׁתּֽוֹת׃ (liš·tō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8354: To imbibe


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