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Rachel bears Joseph.


Jacob's covenant with Laban.

ings have I wrestled with my sister, and thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes,
I have prevailed: and she called his name tarry: for I have learned by experience
that the LORD hath blessed me forthy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages,
and I will give it.

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 Ja

cob a son.

11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.

12 And Zilpab,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.

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 14 T And Reuben went in the days of any thing. If thou wilt do this thing for me, wheat-harvest, and found mandrakes in I will again feed and keep thy flock: 32 I will pass through all thy flock tothe field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give day, removing from thence all the speckme, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes. fed and spotted cattle, and all the brown 15 And she said unto her, Is it a small cattle among the sheep, and the spotted matter that thou hast taken my husband? and speckled among the goats: and of and wouldest thou take away my son's such shall be my hire. mandrakes also? And Rachel said, There


33 So shall my righteousness answer for fore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy me in time to come, when it shall come for hire before thy face: every one that son's mandrakes. 16 And Jacob came out of the field in is not speckled and spotted among the the evening, and Leah went out to meet goats, and brown among the sheep, that him, and said, Thou must come in unto shall be counted stolen with me. 34 And Laban said, Behold, I would me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her it might be according to thy word. that night.

35 And he removed that day the he17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and goats that were ring-streaked and spotted, she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. and all the she-goats that were speckled 18 And Leah said, God hath given me and spotted, and every one that had some my hire, because I have given my white in it, and all the brown among the maiden to my husband: and she called sheep, and gave them into the hands of his his name Issachar.

19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.



36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed


20 And Leah said, God hath endowed the rest of Laban's flocks. 37¶ And Jacob took him rods of me with a good dowry; now will band dwell with me, because I have borne poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut-tree; him six sons and she called his name and pilled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 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:

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 ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted.

40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, 24 And she called his name Joseph;| and said, The LORD shall add to me and set the faces of the flocks toward the ring-streaked, and all the brown in the another son. 25 And it came to pass, when Rachel flock of Laban: and he put his own flocks had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto by themselves, and put them not unto LaLaban, Send me away, that I may go unto ban's cattle. mine own place, and to my country.

41 And it came to pass,whensoever the 26 Give me my wives and my children, stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob for whom I have served thee, and let me laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle go: for thou knowest my service which I in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. have done thee.

27 And Laban said unto him,



42 But when the cattle were feeble, he 27

Jacob departs from Laban:`


He is pursued by him.

put them not in so the feebler were La-jand all his goods which he had gotten, the ban's, and the stronger Jacob's. cattle of his getting, which he had gotten 43 And the man increased exceedingly, in Padan-aram; for to go to Isaac his father and had much cattle, and maid-servants, in the land of Canaan. and men-servants, and camels, and asses. CHAP. XXXI.

19 And Laban went to shear his sheeps and Rachel had stolen the images that were

ND he heard the words of Laban's sons, her father's.

A saying, Jacob hath taken away all that

was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.

2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as before.

3 And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.

22 And it was told Laban on the third day, that Jacob was fled.

23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey: and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. 5 And said unto them, I see your fa- 24 And God came to Laban the Syrian ther's countenance, that it is not toward in a dream by night, and said unto him, me as before but the God of my father Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob hath been with me. either good or bad.

6 And ye know that with all my power

I have served your father.

25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the 7 And your father hath deceived me, mount: and Laban with his brethren and changed my wages ten times: but pitched in the mount of Gilead. God suffered him not to hurt me.

26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast

8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thou done, that thou hast stolen away unthy wages; then all the cattle bare speck-awares to me, and carried away my daughled: and if he said thus, The ring-streaked ters, as captives taken with the sword? shall be thy hire: then bare all the cattle ring-streaked.

9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?

28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons, and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.

10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine 'eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ring-streaked, speckled, and grizzled. 29 It is in the power of my hand to do 11 And the angel of God spake unto you hurt: but the God of your father spake me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou said, Here am I. heed that thou speak not to Jacob either

12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes good or bad. and see, all the rams which leap upon the 30 And now, though thou wouldest cattle are ring-streaked, speckled, and needs be gone, because thou sore longedst grizzled: for I have seen all that Laban after thy father's house; yet wherefore hast 'doeth unto thee. thou stolen my gods?

13 I am the God of Beth-el, where thou 31 And Jacob answered and said to anointedst the pillar, and where thou vow-Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, edst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee Peradventure thou wouldest take by force out from this land, and return unto the land thy daughters from me.

of thy kindred. 32 With whomsoever thou findest thy 14 And Rachel and Leah answered, and gods, let him not live: before our brethren said unto him, Is there yet any portion or discern thou what is thine with me, and inheritance for us in our father's house? take it to thee: for Jacob knew not that 15 Are we not counted of him strangers? Rachel had stolen them. for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two 16 For all the riches which God hath maid-servants' tents; but he found them taken from our father, that is ours, and our not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, children's: now then,whatsoever God hath and entered into Rachel's tent. said unto thee, do.

17¶ Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon cainels;

18 And he carried away all his cattle,

34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not,

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Jacob's covenant with Laban: CHAP. XXXII. Has a vision-sends to Esau.

35 And she said to her father, Let it 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold not displease my lord that I cannot rise up this heap, and behold this pillar, which I before thee; for the custom of women is have cast betwixt me and thee;

upon me. And he searched, but found 52 This heap be witness, and this pillar not the images. be witness, that I will not pass over this 36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass with Laban: and Jacob answered and over this heap and this pillar unto me, for said to Laban, What is my trespass? what harm. is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household-stuff? set it here before my brethren, and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.

38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.

39 That which was torn of beasts, I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

40 Thus was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sicep departed from mine eyes.

41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house: I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction, and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the Fear of his father Isaac.

54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.


AND Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and men-servants, and women-servants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may 43 And Laban answered, and said unto find grace in thy sight. Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, 6 And the messengers returned to and these children are my children, and Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, seest is mine; and what can I do this day and four hundred men with him. unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have borne ?

44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee. 45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid, and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels into two bands;

8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, 9 And Jacob said, O God of my faGather stones; and they took stones, and ther Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, made: a heap: and they did eat there the LORD which saidst unto me, Return upon the heap. unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and

47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadu-I will deal well with thee: tha: but Jacob called it Galeed:

10 I am not worthy of the least of all 48 And Laban said, This heap is a wit- the mercies, and of all the truth, which ness between me and thee this day. There- thou hast shewed unto thy servant: for fore was the name of it called Galeed: with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands.

49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.

50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other, wives besides my daughters; no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.

11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau. for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.

12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand

Jacob wrestles with an angel:

GENESIS. His kind meeting with Esdu

of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his

13 And he lodged there that same thigh. night, and took of that which came to his 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat hand a present for Esau his brother; not of the sinew which shrank, which is 14 Two hundred she-goats and twenty upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty day; because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank. CHAP. XXXIII.


15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she-asses AND Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, Esau came, and with

ten foals.

16 And he delivered them into the hand of him four hundred men. And he divided his servants, every drove by themselves; the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and said unto his servants, Pass over before and unto the two handmaids. me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. 2 And he put the handmaids and their 17 And he commanded the foremost, children foremost, and Leah and her chilsaying, When Esau my brother meeteth dren after, and Rachel and Joseph hinderthee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art most. thou? and whither goest thou? and whose 3 And he passed over before them, and are these before thee? bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's: it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and behold also he is behind us.

19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.

20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me. 21 So went the present over before him; and himself lodged that night in the com


23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him and they wept.

5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children, and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves; and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

22 And he rose up that night, and took 8 And he said, Whatmeanest thou by all his two wives, and his two women-ser- this drove which I met? And he said, vants, and his eleven sons, and passed These areto find grace in the sight of my lord. over the ford Jabbok. 9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. 10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, 24 And Jacob was left alone; and now I have found grace in thy sight, then there wrestled a man with him, until the receive my present at my hand: for therebreaking of the day. fore I have seen thy face, as though I had 25 And when he saw that he prevailed seen the face of God, and thou wast pleasnot against him, he touched the hollow of ed with me. his thigh and the hollow of Jacob's thigh :


11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. is brought to thee; because God hath 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day dealt graciously with me, and because I breaketh: And he said, I will not let thee have enough: and he urged him, and he go, except thou bless me.

27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.


28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as prince hast thou power with God, and with men, and hast prevailed.

29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name: And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

took it.

12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me, and if men should over-drive them one day, all the flock will die.

14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me, and the children be able to endure; until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

15 And Esau said, Let me now leave

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17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

Slain by the sons of Jacob.

14 And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised: for that were a reproach unto us:

15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

18 ¶ And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; 17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, and pitched his tent before the city. to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.


AND Dinah the daughter of Leah, which

she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. 5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; (now his sons were with his cattle in the field;) and Jacob held his peace until they were come.

18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem, Hamor's son.

19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

21 These men are peaceable with us therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein for the land, behold, it is large enough for them: let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.

22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.

23 Shall not their cattle, and their substance, and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. 24 And unto Hamor,and unto Shechem 7 And the sons of Jacob came out of his son, hearkened all that went out of the the field when they heard it: and the men gate of his city: and every male was cirwere grieved, and they were very wroth, cumcised, all that went out of the gate of because he had wrought folly in Israel, in his city. lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

25 T And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the 8 And Hamor communed with them, sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's saying, The soul of my son Shechem long-brethren, took each man his sword, and eth for your daughter: I pray you give came upon the city boldly, and slew all her him to wife. the males.

9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take daughters unto you.

26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem our his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.

10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade Je therein, and get you possessions therein.

27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city; because they 11 And Shechem said unto her father, had defiled their sister. and unto her brethren, Let me find grace 28 They took their sheep, and their in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto oxen, and their asses, and that which was me, I will give. in the city, and that which was in the field.

12 Ask me never so much dowry and 29 And all their wealth and all their little gift, and I will give according as ye shall ones, and their wives took they captive, say untome: but give me the damsel to wife. and spoiled even all that was in the house. 13 And the sons of Jacob answered 30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink and said, Because he had defiled Dinah among the inhabitants of the land, among their sister: the Canaanites, and the Perizzites: and

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