Jacob Outwits Laban {Genesis 30:25-43}
Robin G (#16)
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1. Genesis 30:25 (NABRE)
After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban: “Allow me to go to my own region and land."
2. Genesis 30:26 (NABRE)
"Give me my wives and my children for whom I served you and let me go, for you know the service that I rendered you.”
3. Genesis 30:27 (NABRE)
Laban answered him: “If you will please! I have learned through divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.”
4. Genesis 30:28 (NABRE)
He continued, “State the wages I owe you, and I will pay them.”
5. Genesis 30:29-30 (NABRE)
Jacob replied: “You know what work I did for you and how well your livestock fared under my care; the little you had before I came has grown into an abundance, since the Lord has blessed you in my company. Now, when can I do something for my own household as well?”
6. Genesis 30:31 (NABRE)
Laban asked, “What should I give you?” Jacob answered: “You do not have to give me anything. If you do this thing for me, I will again pasture and tend your sheep.
7. Genesis 30:32 (NABRE)
Let me go through your whole flock today and remove from it every dark animal among the lambs and every spotted or speckled one among the goats.These will be my wages.
8. Genesis 30:33 (NABRE)
In the future, whenever you check on my wages, my honesty will testify for me: any animal that is not speckled or spotted among the goats, or dark among the lambs, got into my possession by theft!”
9. Genesis 30:34 (NABRE)
Laban said, “Very well. Let it be as you say.”
10. Genesis 30:35 (NABRE)
That same day Laban removed the streaked and spotted he-goats and all the speckled and spotted she-goats, all those with some white on them, as well as every dark lamb, and he put them in the care of his sons.
11. Genesis 30:36 (NABRE)
Then he put a three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban’s flock.
12. Genesis 30:37 (NABRE)
Jacob, however, got some fresh shoots of poplar, almond and plane trees, and he peeled white stripes in them by laying bare the white core of the shoots.
13. Genesis 30:38-39 (NABRE)
The shoots that he had peeled he then set upright in the watering troughs where the animals came to drink, so that they would be in front of them. When the animals were in heat as they came to drink, the goats mated by the shoots, and so they gave birth to streaked, speckled and spotted young.
14. Genesis 30:40 (NABRE)
The sheep, on the other hand, Jacob kept apart, and he made these animals face the streaked or completely dark animals of Laban. Thus he produced flocks of his own, which he did not put with Laban’s flock.
15. Genesis 30:41-42 (NABRE)
Whenever the hardier animals were in heat, Jacob would set the shoots in the troughs in full view of these animals, so that they mated by the shoots; but with the weaker animals he would not put the shoots there. So the feeble animals would go to Laban, but the hardy ones to Jacob.
16. Genesis 30:43 (NABRE)
So the man grew exceedingly prosperous, and he owned large flocks, male and female servants, camels, and donkeys.