Genesis 30:37
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New International Version
Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.

King James Bible
And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob took fresh rods of white poplar, almond-tree, and maple; and peeled off white stripes in them, uncovering the white which was on the rods.

World English Bible
Jacob took to himself rods of fresh poplar, almond, plane tree, peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob taketh to himself a rod of fresh poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut, and doth peel in them white peelings, making bare the white that is on the rods,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Rods of green poplar - לבנה לח libneh lach. The libneh is generally understood to mean the white poplar; and the word lach, which is here joined to it, does not so much imply greenness of color as being fresh, in opposition to witheredness. Had they not been fresh - just cut off, he could not have pilled the bark from them.

And of the hazel - לוז luz, the nut or filbert tree, translated by others the almond tree; which of the two is here intended is not known.

And chestnut tree - ערמון armon, the plane tree, from ערם aram, he was naked. The plane tree is properly called by this name, because of the outer bark naturally peeling off, and leaving the tree bare in various places, having smooth places where it has fallen off. A portion of this bark the plane tree loses every year. The Septuagint translate it in the same way, πλατανος· and its name is supposed to be derived from πλατυς, broad, on account of its broad spreading branches, for which the plane tree is remarkable. So we find the Grecian army in Homer, Il. ii., ver. 307, sacrificing καλῃ ὑπο πλατανιστῳ, under a beautiful plane tree. Virgil, Geor. iv. 146, mentions,

- ministrantem platanum potantibus umbras.

The plane tree yielding the convivial shade.

And Petronius Arbiter in Satyr.: -

Nobilis aestivas platanus diffuderat umbras.

"The noble plane had spread its summer shade."

See more in Parkhurst. Such a tree would be peculiarly acceptable in hot countries, because of its shade.

Pilled white streaks in them - Probably cutting the bark through in a spiral line, and taking it off in a certain breadth all round the rods, so that the rods would appear party-colored, the white of the wood showing itself where the bark was stripped off.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Genesis 31:9-13 Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me...

green poplar. Livneh is the white poplar, so called from the whiteness of its leaves, bark, and wood, from lavan to be white.

hasel. Jerome, Hiller, Celsius, Dr. Shaw, Bochart, and other learned men, say, that luz is not the 'hazel' but the almond-tree, as the word denotes both in Arabic and Syriac.

chestnut tree. The Heb. word armon, signifies 'the plane-tree,' so called from the bark naturally peeling off, and leaving the trunk naked, as its root aram, signifies.

Ezekiel 31:8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs...

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

Cross References
Genesis 30:36
Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban's flocks.

Genesis 30:38
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,

Ecclesiastes 12:5
when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets.

Jeremiah 1:11
The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied.

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