Genesis 30:33
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New International Version
And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen."

King James Bible
So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.

Darby Bible Translation
And 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.

World English Bible
So my righteousness will answer for me hereafter, when you come concerning my hire that is before you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and black among the sheep, that might be with me, will be counted stolen."

Young's Literal Translation
and my righteousness hath answered for me in the day to come, when it cometh in for my hire before thy face; -- every one which is not speckled and spotted among my goats, and brown among my lambs -- it is stolen with me.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will pass through all thy flock - צאן tson, implying, as we have before seen, all smaller cattle, such as sheep, goats, etc.

All the speckled and spotted cattle - שה seh, which we translate cattle, signifies the young either of sheep or goats, what we call a lamb or a kid. Speckled, נקד nakod, signifies interspersed with variously colored spots.

Spotted - טלוא talu, spotted with large spot either of the same or different colors, from טלא tala, to patch, to make party-colored or patch-work; see Ezekiel 16:16. I have never seen such sheep as are here described but in the islands of Zetland. There I have seen the most beautiful brown, or fine chocolate color among the sheep; and several of the ring-streaked, spotted, speckled, and piebald among the same; and some of the latter description I have brought over, and can exhibit a specimen of Jacob's flock brought from the North Seas, feeding in Middlesex.

And all the brown - חום chum. I should rather suppose this to signify a lively brown, as the root signifies to be warm or hot.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Genesis 31:37 Whereas you have searched all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff?...

1 Samuel 26:23 The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you into my hand to day...

2 Samuel 22:21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.


Isaiah 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us...

in time to come. Heb. to-morrow.

Exodus 13:14 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is this? that you shall say to him...

that shall be. Supply the ellipsis by inserting 'if found,' after 'stolen,' and the sense will be clear.

Meditations 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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