Gen 29-33

Jacob Meets Rachel 1Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east.2As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large,3and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.4Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.”5He said to them, “Do you know Laban son of Nahor?” They said, “We do.”6He said to them, “Is it well with him?” “Yes,” they replied, “and here is his daughter Rachel, coming with the sheep.”7He said, “Look, it is still broad daylight; it is not time for the animals to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.”8But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them.10Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother's brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother's brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of his mother's brother Laban.11Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud.12And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father.13When Laban heard the news about his sister's son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things,14and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.Jacob Marries Laban's Daughters 15Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.17Leah's eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful.18Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”19Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.”20So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”22So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast.23But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her.24(Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.)25When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”26Laban said, “This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn.27Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”28Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.29(Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her maid.)30So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. He served Laban for another seven years.31When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.32Leah conceived and bore a son, and she named him Reuben; for she said, “Because the Lord has looked on my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”33She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also”; and she named him Simeon.34Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons”; therefore he was named Levi.35She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord”; therefore she named him Judah; then she ceased bearing.Chapter 301When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!”2Jacob became very angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”3Then she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees and that I too may have children through her.”4So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife; and Jacob went in to her.5And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.6Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son”; therefore she named him Dan.7Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.8Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed”; so she named him Naphtali.9When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.10Then Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.11And Leah said, “Good fortune!” so she named him Gad.12Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.13And Leah said, “Happy am I! For the women will call me happy”; so she named him Asher.14In 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 son's mandrakes.”15But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes.”16When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, “You must come in to me; for I have hired you with my son's mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.17And God heeded Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.18Leah said, “God has given me my hire because I gave my maid to my husband”; so she named him Issachar.19And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son.20Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good dowry; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons”; so she named him Zebulun.21Afterwards she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah.22Then God remembered Rachel, and God heeded her and opened her womb.23She conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach”;24and she named him Joseph, saying, “May the Lord add to me another son!”Jacob Prospers at Laban's Expense 25When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.26Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.”27But Laban said to him, “If you will allow me to say so, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you;28name your wages, and I will give it.”29Jacob 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 abundantly; and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?”31He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything; if you will do this for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it:32let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, 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 to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.”34Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.”35But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons;36and he set a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban's flock.37Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods.38He set the rods 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,39the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted.40Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock.41Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods,42but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.43Thus the man grew exceedingly rich, and had large flocks, and male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.Chapter 31Jacob Flees with Family and Flocks 1Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father's; he has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.”2And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him as favorably as he did before.3Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your ancestors and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”4So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was,5and said to them, “I see that your father does not regard me as favorably as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me.6You know that I have served your father with all my strength;7yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not permit him to harm me.8If he said, ‘The speckled shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore speckled; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped.9Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father, and given them to me.10“During the mating of the flock I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats that leaped upon the flock were striped, speckled, and mottled.11Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’12And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the goats that leap on the flock are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.13I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and return to the land of your birth.’ ”14Then Rachel and Leah answered him, “Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house?15Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has been using up the money given for us.16All the property that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children; now then, do whatever God has said to you.”17So Jacob arose, and set his children and his wives on camels;18and he drove away all his livestock, all the property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.19Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father's household gods.20And Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean, in that he did not tell him that he intended to flee.21So he fled with all that he had; starting out he crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.Laban Overtakes Jacob 22On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.23So he took his kinsfolk with him and pursued him for seven days until he caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.24But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night, and said to him, “Take heed that you say not a word to Jacob, either good or bad.”25Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsfolk camped in the hill country of Gilead.26Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You have deceived me, and carried away my daughters like captives of the sword.27Why did you flee secretly and deceive me and not tell me? I would have sent you away with mirth and songs, with tambourine and lyre.28And why did you not permit me to kiss my sons and my daughters farewell? What you have done is foolish.29It is in my power to do you harm; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Take heed that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’30Even though you had to go because you longed greatly for your father's house, why did you steal my gods?”31Jacob answered Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force.32But anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsfolk, point out what I have that is yours, and take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.33So Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. And he went out of Leah's tent, and entered Rachel's.34Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on them. Laban felt all about in the tent, but did not find them.35And she said to her father, “Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me.” So he searched, but did not find the household gods.36Then Jacob became angry, and upbraided Laban. Jacob said to Laban, “What is my offense? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me?37Although you have felt about through all my goods, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsfolk and your kinsfolk, so that they may decide between us two.38These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks.39That which was torn by wild beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself; of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night.40It was like this with me: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.41These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.42If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant 43Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about their children whom they have borne?44Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I; and let it be a witness between you and me.”45So Jacob took a stone, and set it up as a pillar.46And Jacob said to his kinsfolk, “Gather stones,” and they took stones, and made a heap; and they ate there by the heap.47Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.48Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” Therefore he called it Galeed,49and the pillar Mizpah, for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other.50If you ill-treat my daughters, or if you take wives in addition to my daughters, though no one else is with us, remember that God is witness between you and me.”51Then Laban said to Jacob, “See this heap and see the pillar, which I have set between you and me.52This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.53May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor”—the God of their father—“judge between us.” So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac,54and Jacob offered a sacrifice on the height and called his kinsfolk to eat bread; and they ate bread and tarried all night in the hill country.55 Early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them; then he departed and returned home.Chapter 321Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him;2and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God's camp!” So he called that place Mahanaim.Jacob Sends Presents to Appease Esau 3Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom,4instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have lived with Laban as an alien, and stayed until now;5and I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male and female slaves; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’ ”6The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies,8thinking, “If Esau comes to the one company and destroys it, then the company that is left will escape.”9And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,’10I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies.11Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children.12Yet you have said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.’ ”13So he spent that night there, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,14two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,15thirty milch camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.16These he delivered into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me, and put a space between drove and drove.”17He instructed the foremost, “When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’18then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob; they are a present sent to my lord Esau; and moreover he is behind us.’ ”19He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you meet him,20and you shall say, ‘Moreover your servant Jacob is behind us.’ ” For he thought, “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterwards I shall see his face; perhaps he will accept me.”21So the present passed on ahead of him; and he himself spent that night in the camp.Jacob Wrestles at Peniel 22The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.”27So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”28Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.”31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.32Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.Chapter 33Jacob and Esau Meet 1Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.2He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all.3He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.4But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.5When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”6Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and bowed down;7Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.8Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor with my lord.”9But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”10Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor.11Please accept my gift that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have everything I want.” So he urged him, and he took it.12Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go alongside you.”13But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds, which are nursing, are a care to me; and if they are overdriven for one day, all the flocks will die.14Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”15So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “Why should my lord be so kind to me?”16So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.17But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the place is called Succoth.Jacob Reaches Shechem 18Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram; and he camped before the city.19And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, he bought for one hundred pieces of money the plot of land on which he had pitched his tent.20There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.