1 Cernens autem Rachel quod infecunda esset, invidit sorori et ait marito suo: "Da mihi liberos, alioquin moriar"
2 Cui iratus respondit Iacob: "Num pro Deo ego sum, qui privavit te fructu ventris?"
3 At illa: "Ecce, inquit, famula mea Bilha; ingredere ad illam, ut pariat super genua mea, et habeam ex illa et ego filios"
4 Deditque illi Bilham famulam suam in coniugium. Quae,
5 ingresso ad se Iacob, concepit et peperit filium.
6 Dixitque Rachel: "Iudicavit mihi Deus et exaudivit vocem quoque meam dans mihi filium" et idcirco appellavit nomen illius Dan.
7 Rursumque Bilha famula Rachel concepit et peperit Iacob alterum filium, et
8 ait Rachel: "Certamina Dei certavi cum sorore mea et invalui" vocavitque eum Nephthali.
9 Sentiens Lia quod parere desisset, sumpsit Zelpham ancillam suam et tradidit eam Iacob in uxorem.
10 Quae peperit Iacob filium.
11 Dixitque Lia: "Feliciter!" et idcirco vocavit nomen eius Gad.
12 Peperit quoque Zelpha ancilla Liae Iacob alterum filium.
13 Dixitque Lia: "Pro beatitudine mea! Beatam quippe me dicent mulieres" propterea appellavit eum Aser.
14 Egressus autem Ruben tempore messis triticeae, repperit in agro mandragoras, quas Liae matri suae detulit. Dixitque Rachel: "Da mihi partem de mandragoris filii tui"
15 Illa respondit: "Parumne tibi videtur, quod praeripueris maritum mihi, ut etiam mandragoras filii mei auferas?" Ait Rachel: "Dormiat ergo tecum hac nocte pro mandragoris filii tui"
16 Redeuntique ad vesperam Iacob de agro egressa est in occursum eius Lia et: "Ad me, inquit, intrabis, quia mercede conduxi te pro mandragoris filii mei" Dormivitque cum ea nocte illa.
17 Et exaudivit Deus Liam, concepitque et peperit Iacob filium quintum
18 et ait: "Dedit Deus mercedem mihi, quia dedi ancillam meam viro meo" appellavitque nomen illius Issachar.
19 Rursum Lia concepit et peperit Iacob sextum filium
20 et ait: "Donavit me Deus dono bono; hac vice honorabit me maritus meus, eo quod genuerim ei sex filios" et idcirco appellavit nomen eius Zabulon.
21 Post quem peperit filiam nomine Dinam.
22 Recordatus quoque Deus Rachelis exaudivit eam Deus et aperuit vulvam illius.
23 Quae concepit et peperit filium dicens: "Abstulit Deus opprobrium meum"
24 et vocavit nomen illius Ioseph dicens: "Addat mihi Dominus filium alterum!"
25 Nato autem Ioseph, dixit Iacob ad Laban: "Dimitte me, ut revertar in patriam et ad terram meam.
26 Da mihi uxores et liberos meos, pro quibus servivi tibi, ut abeam; tu nosti servitutem, qua servivi tibi"
27 Ait illi Laban: "Inveniam gratiam in conspectu tuo; augurio didici, quia benedixerit mihi Deus propter te.
28 Constitue mercedem tuam, quam dem tibi"
29 At ille respondit: "Tu nosti quomodo servierim tibi et quanti in manibus meis facti sint greges tui.
30 Modicum habuisti, antequam venirem ad te, et nunc multiplicatum est vehementer, benedixitque tibi Dominus ad introitum meum. Nunc autem quando providebo etiam domui meae?"
31 Dixitque Laban: "Quid tibi dabo?" At ille ait: "Nihil mihi dabis; si feceris, quod postulo, iterum pascam et custodiam pecora tua.
32 Gyrabo omnes greges tuos hodie; separa cuncta pecora varia et maculosa et, quodcumque furvum in ovibus et maculosum variumque in capris fuerit, erit merces mea.
33 Respondebitque mihi cras iustitia mea; quando veneris, ut inspicias mercedem meam, omnia, quae non fuerint varia et maculosa in capris et furva in ovibus, furti me arguent"
34 Dixit Laban: "Gratum habeo, quod petis!"
35 Et separavit in die illo hircos striatos atque maculosos et omnes capras varias et maculosas, omne, in quo album erat, et omne furvum in ovibus, et tradidit in manu filiorum suorum.
36 Et posuit spatium itineris trium dierum inter se et Iacob, qui pascebat reliquos greges Laban.
37 Tollens ergo Iacob virgas virides populeas et amygdalinas et ex platanis, ex parte ita decorticavit eas, ut in his, quae spoliata fuerant, candor appareret.
38 Posuitque virgas, quas ex parte decorticaverat, in canalibus, ubi effundebatur aqua, ut, cum venissent greges ad bibendum, ante oculos haberent virgas et in aspectu earum conciperent.
39 Factumque est ut in ipso calore coitus greges intuerentur virgas et parerent striata et varia et maculosa.
40 Agnos autem segregavit Iacob et posuit gregem ex adverso striatorum et omnium furvorum in grege Laban et constituit sibi greges seorsum neque statuit eos cum grege Laban.
41 Quotiescumque igitur calefiebant pecora robusta, ponebat Iacob virgas in canalibus aquarum ante oculos pecorum, ut in earum contemplatione conciperent.
42 Quando vero pecora debilia erant, non ponebat eas. Factaque sunt debilia Laban et robusta Iacob;
43 ditatusque est homo ultra modum et habuit greges multos, ancillas et servos, camelos et asinos.
King James Version
1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
14 ¶ And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.
16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.
18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
22 ¶ And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.
25 ¶ And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
33 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.
34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
37 ¶ 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.
38 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.
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.