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  • So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too. - Genesis 29:28

  • So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her more than Leah. He then stayed and worked the additional seven years. - Genesis 29:30

  • When Rachel saw that she wasn't having any children, she became jealous of her sister. "Give me children, or I'll die!" she exclaimed to Jacob. - Genesis 30:1

  • Jacob flew into a rage. "Am I God?" he asked. "He is the only one able to give you children!" - Genesis 30:2

  • So Rachel gave him Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob slept with her. - Genesis 30:4

  • Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son. - Genesis 30:7

  • Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn't getting pregnant anymore, so she gave her servant, Zilpah, to Jacob to be his wife. - Genesis 30:9

  • So that evening, as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me tonight!" she said. "I have paid for you with some mandrake roots my son has found." So Jacob slept with her. - Genesis 30:16

  • Soon after Joseph was born to Rachel, Jacob said to Laban, "I want to go back home. - Genesis 30:25

  • Jacob replied, "You know how faithfully I've served you through these many years, and how your flocks and herds have grown. - Genesis 30:29

  • "What wages do you want?" Laban asked again. Jacob replied, "Don't give me anything at all. Just do one thing, and I'll go back to work for you. - Genesis 30:31

  • and they took them three days' distance from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for Laban's flock. - Genesis 30:36

  • Now Jacob took fresh shoots from poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled off strips of the bark to make white streaks on them. - Genesis 30:37

  • Jacob added them to his own flock, thus separating the lambs from Laban's flock. Then at mating time, he turned the flocks toward the streaked and dark-colored rams in Laban's flock. This is how he built his flock from Laban's. - Genesis 30:40

  • Whenever the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob set up the peeled branches in front of them. - Genesis 30:41

  • But he didn't do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob's. - Genesis 30:42

  • As a result, Jacob's flocks increased rapidly, and he became very wealthy, with many servants, camels, and donkeys. - Genesis 30:43
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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