1 When Rachel saw that she had not borne Jacob
Some children, she turned jealous of her sister,
So she told Jacob, “Give me children, or
I’ll die!” 2 And Jacob, angry with her, said,
“Am I in place of God, who has kept you
From having children?” 3 Then she said, “Here is
Bilhah, my maidservant. Now sleep with her
So that she can bear children for me and
Through her I too can build a family.”
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as
A wife, and Jacob slept with her, 5 and she
Got pregnant and she bore a son for him;
6 Then Rachel said, “The Lord has vindicated
Me; he has listened to my plea and he
Has given me a son.” Because of this
She named him Dan, 7 and Rachel’s servant Bilhah
Conceived again and bore a second son
To Jacob. 8 Rachel then said, “I have had
A mighty struggle with my sister, and
I’ve won.” And so she named him Naphtali.
9 Now Leah, seeing that she had stopped having
Children, she took her maidservant named Zilpah
And she gave her to Jacob as a wife.
10 And Leah’s servant Zilpah bore a son
To Jacob. 11 “What good fortune!” Leah said
And named him Gad. 12 Her servant Zilpah bore
Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said,
“How glad I am! The women will call me
Glad.” So she named him Asher. 14 When wheat harvest
Came, Reuben went out in the fields and found
Some mandrake plants, and he brought them in to
His mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah,
“Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 15 But
She asked her, “Wasn’t it enough that you
Did steal my husband? And will you take my
Son’s mandrakes too?” “All right,” said Rachel, “he
Can sleep with you tonight—a trade for your
Son’s mandrakes.” 16 So when Jacob came in from
The fields that evening, Leah went and met him.
“You have to sleep with me,” she said. “I have
Hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept
With her that night, 17 and God heard Leah, who
Got pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me
Because I gave my maidservant unto
My husband.” So she named him Issachar.
19 Leah conceived again and bore son six
To Jacob, 20 Then she said, “God has presented
Me with a precious gift. This time my husband
Will honor me, because I have borne him
Six sons,” and so she named him Zebulun.
21 Later she had a daughter, Dinah. 22 God
Remembered Rachel then; he heard her and
Opened her womb, 23 and she got pregnant and
She bore a son and said, “God has removed
My stigma,” 24 and she named him Joseph, and
Said, “May the LORD add to me one more son.”
25 Once Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said
To Laban, “Send me on my way so I
Can go back to my homeland, 26 so give me
My wives and children, for whom I’ve served you,
And I’ll be on my way, for you know how
Much work I’ve done for you,” 27 but Laban said
To him, “If I have favor with you, please
Stay, for by divination I have learned
The LORD has blessed me due to you,” 28 and he
Added, “Tell me what your fair wages are,
And I will pay them.” 29 Jacob said to him,
“You know how I have worked for you and how
Your livestock has fared well beneath my care.
30 The little that you had before I came
Has greatly grown, and God has blessed you in
Each place I’ve been. But now, when may I do
Something for my own household?” 31 “What shall I
Give you?” he asked. “Don’t give me anything,”
Jacob replied. “But if you will do this
One thing for me, I will continue tending
Your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me
Go through your flocks today and take from them
Speckled or spotted sheep and every dark-
Colored lamb and each goat that’s spotted
Or speckled. They will be my wages, 33 and
My honesty will testify for me
Later on, when you check on wages you
Have paid me. Any goat I have that’s not
Speckled or spotted, or a lamb that is
Not colored dark, will be considered stolen.”
34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you
Have said.” 35 That same day he took all male goats,
Ones that were streaked or spotted, and the speckled
Jacob and Laban’s Flock
By El Escorial (1632)
Or spotted female goats (all that had white
On them) and all dark-colored lambs, and he
Placed them in his sons’ care, 36 and then he put
A three-day trio between himself and Jacob,
While Jacob kept on tending all the rest
Of Laban’s flocks, 37 but Jacob took some fresh-
Cut branches from some poplar, almond and
Plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling
The bark, exposing the white inner wood
Of branches, 38 and he placed peeled branches in
The water troughs, so that they would be directly
Before the flocks when they approached to drink.
When flocks in heat came in to drink, 39 they mated
Before the branches, and they bore young that
Were speckled, streaked or spotted. 40 Jacob set
Apart the young within the flock all by
Themselves, but made the rest look toward the streaked
And the dark-colored animals of Laban.
He made himself some separate flocks and did
Not put them in with Laban’s animals.
41 Whenever stronger females were in heat,
Jacob would place the branches in the troughs
Before the animals so they would mate
Near branches, 42 but if animals were weak,
He would not place them there, so weak animals
Would go to Laban and strong ones to Jacob.
43 In this way he grew prosperous and came
To own large flocks, and maidservants and men-
Servants, and camels and his donkeys penned.
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One’s as wealthy as a king in a palace
Tho’ he’s callous and cold
He may learn to give his heart for love
Instead of buyin’ it with gold
Then the poor man’s roses
And the thrill when we kiss
Will be memories of paradise
That I’ll never miss
Now, if you’re blue
And you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits
Puttin’ on the Ritz.
~Irving Berlin, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (1929)
I’m tired of Love: I’m still more tired of Rhyme,
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
~Hilaire Belloc, “Fatigued,” Sonnets and Verse (1923)
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Weep not that the world changes—did it keep
A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
~William Cullen Bryant, Mutation
The house of everyone is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence as for his repose.
~Semayne’s Case, 5 Report 91 (1604)
They [corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
~Sir Edward Coke (1549–1634), Case of Sutton’s Hospital, 10 Report 32 (1612)