- 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.
When she saw she had no kids, and her sister did, she was now jealous and told Jacob she would die if he doesn’t give her kids. Being barren was shameful.
- 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?
Then out of anger, he yelled at her (someone he loves o), am I the on who prevented you from giving birth?…am I God?…(but it’s because he didn’t love Leah it happened. So yes, he was partially a cause.)
- 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.
- And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
See Bilhah my maid… Take her, let her have children in my stead (just as Sarah said), that I may at least have children through her.
Jacob like Abraham didn’t waste time. Boom. Making 3 women
- And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
And Bilhah conceived. Sharp sharp and she bare a son.
- 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 [judging].
Rachel called him Dan (judging) and said God who judged me still heard me.
- And Bilhah Rachel’s maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
Jacob did not stop again 🙆🏾🙆🏾, Bilhah bore another son,
- And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali [my wrestling].
And Rachel named him Naphtali (wrestling) and she said…with battle of rivalry I have fought with my sister and I still stand.
- When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
And the funny battle of rivalry went on. And Leah said…I must not lose. So she herself gave her maid as well, unto Jacob. And well…he didn’t refuse.
- And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a son.
- And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
Then sharp sharp as well, she conceived and bare a son. And Leah named him Gad (troop/lucky) and said…😏a troop is coming. Like a Rachel diss.
- And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a second son.
- And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher [happy].
The maid conceived again…and had a son. And Leah named him Asher (happy/blessing). And said, I am happy, daughters will call me blessed.
Note: Thanks to Woman –Again, Man kept getting naked….constantly…
- 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.
When harvest season was come, Reuben went into the field and found mandrakes and he gave it to Leah. And Rachel asked leak to please spare some for her.
- 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 tonight for thy son’s mandrakes.
And it went from 0 – 💯 real quick. Leah said. So taking my husband isn’t enough. You want to take my sons mandrakes as well. And Rachel said. Okay, fine. Give me the mandrakes, you can have Jacob tonight.
- 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.
The. Exchange was done. And when Jacob was coming in the evening, Leah went to meet him like 🙃😋😏🤗 you’re coming with me. I have rented you for the night. Jacob had become a prostitute in his own home.
- And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.
And well. He did what he was hired for, and she conceived and bare a son, again.
- And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar [an hire].
And she named him Issachar (hire/battered/reward)…saying…my mandrakes did not waste, my hiring has brought me good fortune.
- And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
Jacob was there again, and she conceived and bare a 6th son.
- And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun [dwelling].
And named him Zebulun (dwelling/honour) and said…my dowry is good. Now my husband will dwell with me.
- And afterward she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
Then Jacob went in again, and she bare a daughter, Dinah (judgement).
- And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
- And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
- and she called his name Joseph [adding]; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.
Then God remembered Rachel. After Leah had 7 children by herself, and 2 by her maid.total of 9. Then Jacob was there, and she finally conceived and bare a son and named him Joseph (adding). The lord has taken away my reproach and he shall add to me, another son.
- And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
- 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.
Jacob then told Laban, send me, my wives and children away. 🙆🏾🙊this whole time they were doing everything they did in another man’s house.
- And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.
And Laban said…please, don’t go. If I have found Favour in your sight don’t go. God is with you, and he blessed me for the mere fact that you’re here.
- And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
Laban said….tell me how much you want. I’ll pay.
- And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
- 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?
Jacob said. See your cattle. They multiplied in my hands. Won’t I have a home of my own?
- 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.
Then Laban asked…what will I give you?…Jacob said. Nothing. But, if you do this one thing for me, I fill feed your flock.
- I will pass through all thy flock today, 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.
I’ll inspect your flock and take the spotted ones for myself. You keep the spotless clean ones.
- 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.
Let my righteousness answer for me. If you see anyone that is not spotted with me later on, It is yours. If you see it with me, accuse me of stealing it.
- And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
And Laban agreed.
- And he removed that day the he goats that were ring-streaked 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.
- And he set three days’ journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.
Before Jacob went there, Laban quickly took all the spotted flock and gave them to his sons, leaving only pure, I spotted flock. (I mean, how many spotted calf would spotless flock make). His sons and the flock now journeyed a 3day distance. He believed he had played smart.
- And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree; and pilled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
- 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.
- And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted.
Then Jacob went to tend the spotless flock. But then Jacob got branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and peeled them and put them infront of the watering troughs where the flock drink. So they drank and mated there and had calves with spots, streaks or speckles.
- And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ring-streaked, 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.
Hence his flock didn’t mix with Laban’s flock.
- 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.
When stronger animals were mating, he would put the branches in the trough, so the offspring would be spotted/streaked or speckled.
- But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.
But when weak/sick animals were to mate, he wouldn’t. So they’d come out normal and weak as well.
- And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.
He got richer and richer, acquiring flocks, servants, camels and donkeys.