1 And Isaac called Jacob, and
blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt
not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's
father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of
Laban thy mother's brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply
thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy
seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou
art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban,
son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away
to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he
blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take
a wife of the daughers of Canaan;
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which
he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister
of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all
night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of
that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that
place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth,
and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of
God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the
LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land
whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou
shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the
north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all
the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places
whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land;
for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have
spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the
LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place!
this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone
that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar,
and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name
of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and
will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to
eat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then
shall the LORD be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's
house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give
the tenth unto thee.
1 Then Jacob went on his journey,
and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there
were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well
they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled
the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and
put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they
said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And
they said, We know him.
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well:
and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that
the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep,
and go and feed them.
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered
together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth;
then we water the sheep.
9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's
sheep; for she kept them.
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of
Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's
brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the
well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and
that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob
his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him,
and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban
all these things.
14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.
And he abode with him the space of a month.
15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest
thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah,
and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven
years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than
that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed
unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are
fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and
made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his
daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was
Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto
me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast
thou beguiled me?
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to
give the younger before the firstborn.
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the
service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him
Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid
to be her maid.
30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel
more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her
womb: but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name
Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction;
now therefore my husband will love me.
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because
the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me
this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this
time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born
him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now
will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah;
and left bearing.
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
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
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a
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
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
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.