GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTY


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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184.

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)

 

185.

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)

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184.

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.

~T.S. Eliot

185.

Weep not that the world changes—did it keep

A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.

~William Cullen Bryant, Mutation

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184.

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)

 

185.

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)

 

 

GENESIS CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE


1 Jacob continued on his journey and

Came to the land of eastern peoples, 2 where

He saw a well inside the field which had

Three sheep flocks lying near it, for the flocks

Were watered from that well. The stone above

The well’s mouth was enormous. 3 When the flocks

Were gathered, shepherds rolled the stone away

From the well’s mouth and gave the sheep some water,

Then they would put the stone back in its place

Over the well’s mouth. 4 Jacob asked the shepherds,

“My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Haran,”

They answered. 5 He asked them, “Do you know Laban,

Who’s Nahor’s grandson?”  “Yes, we know him,” they

Replied. 6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and his daughter Rachel

Is coming with the sheep.”  7 “Look here,” he said,

“The sun is high; it is not time for you

To gather flocks. Give sheep their water and

Return them to their pasture.” 8 “We can’t,” they

Replied, “until the flocks are gathered and

We’ve rolled the stone away from the well’s mouth.

Then we will give the sheep their water.” 9 While

He was conversing with them, Rachel came

And had her father’s sheep, for she served as

Jacob and Rachel by William Dyce

A shepherdess. 10 When Jacob noticed Rachel,

Daughter of Laban, brother of his mother,

And Laban’s sheep, he went and rolled the stone

Off from the well’s mouth and gave water to

His uncle’s sheep, 11 then Jacob gave a kiss

To Rachel and began to weep aloud.

12 He had told Rachel that he was related

To her own father and Rebekah’s son,

So she ran off and told her father. 13 Laban,

Hearing the news of Jacob, son of his

Sister, he rushed to meet him. He embraced

Him, kissed him, and brought him up to his home,

Laban Greets Jacob

By Rembrandt

Where Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban

Said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

Now after Jacob had remained with him

For one month, 15 Laban told him, “Just because

You are my relative, you should not work

For me for free, so tell me what your wages

Should be.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters, Leah

And Rachel, Leah was the older one,

And Rachel was the younger one. 17 Now Leah

Had feeble eyes, but Rachel’s form was lovely,

And she was beautiful. 18 As Jacob was

In love with Rachel, he said, “I’ll work for

You seven years, and in return you give

Your younger daughter Rachel to me.” 19 Laban

Said, “Better I give her to you than to

Some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob

               Served seven years so that he could get Rachel,

But they appeared like a few days to him

Because he loved her.  21 Jacob then told Laban,

“Give me my wife. My time is finished, and

I want to lie with her,” 22 so Laban brought

Together all the people of the place

And gave a feast, 23 But when the evening came,

He took his daughter Leah and gave her

To Jacob, who had sex with her. 24 And Laban

Gave Zilpah, as his woman servant, to

His daughter as her maidservant. 25 When morning

Came, there was Leah! Jacob said to Laban,

               “What have you done to me? I served you so

I would have Rachel, didn’t I? Why have

You cheated me?” 26 And Laban answered, “As

               Our custom we don’t let the younger daughter

               Marry before the older one. 27 Complete

This daughter’s bridal week; then we’ll give you

The younger one in trade for seven years

Of more work.” 28 Jacob did so. He completed

The week with Leah, and then Laban gave

               His daughter Rachel to him as his wife.

               29 And Laban gave his servant woman Bilhah

As maidservant for his own daughter.

30 And Jacob lay with Rachel too, and he

Loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked

Another seven years for Laban. 31 When

The LORD saw Leah was not loved, he opened

Her womb, but Rachel was infertile. 32 Leah

Got pregnant and she bore a son and named

Him Reuben, for she said, “It is because

The LORD has seen my misery. My husband

Surely will love me now,” 33 and she conceived

               Again, and when she gave birth to a son

               She said, “Because the LORD heard that I am

Not loved, he gave me this one also,” so

She named him Simeon; 34 and she conceived

Once more, and when she gave birth to a son

She said, “At last my husband will become

Attached to me, for I’ve borne him three sons.”

 She named him Levi. 35 She conceived again,

And when she bore a son she said, “This time

I’ll praise the LORD” and so she named him Judah,

Then she had no more children to attend to.