Genesis 30:38
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New International Version
Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,

New Living Translation
Then he placed these peeled branches in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, for that was where they mated.

English Standard Version
He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,

New American Standard Bible
He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep--in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink.

International Standard Version
Then he placed the branches that he had stripped bare in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He placed the branches in front of the flock, and they went into heat as they came to drink.

NET Bible
Then he set up the peeled branches in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He set up the branches in front of the flocks when they were in heat and came to drink.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He placed the peeled branches in the troughs directly in front of the flocks, at the watering places where the flocks came to drink. When they were in heat and came to drink,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he set the rods which he had peeled over against the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink; and they conceived when they came to drink.

New American Standard 1977
And he set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he set the rods which he had peeled 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.

King James 2000 Bible
And he set the rods which he had peeled 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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
And he set the rods which he had peeled over against the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink; and they conceived when they came to drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he put them in the troughs, where the water was poured out: that when the flocks should come to drink, they might have the rods before their eyes, and in the sight of them might conceive.

Darby Bible Translation
And he set the rods which he had peeled before the flock, in the troughs at the watering-places where the flock came to drink, and they were ardent when they came to drink.

English Revised Version
And he set the rods which he had peeled over against the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink; and they conceived when they came to drink.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he set the rods, which he had peeled, 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.

World English Bible
He set the rods which he had peeled opposite the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink. They conceived when they came to drink.

Young's Literal Translation
and setteth up the rods which he hath peeled in the gutters in the watering troughs (when the flock cometh in to drink), over-against the flock, that they may conceive in their coming in to drink;
Study Bible
Jacob Prospers
37Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods. 38He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink. 39So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.…
Word Study

And he set
yatsag  (yaw-tsag')
to place permanently -- establish, leave, make, present, put, set, stay.

the rods
maqqel  (mak-kale)
a shoot, i.e. stick (with leaves on, or for walking, striking, guiding, divining) -- rod, (hand-)staff.

which he had pilled
patsal  (paw-tsal')
to peel -- pill.

before
nokach  (no'-kakh)
the front part; used adverbially (especially with preposition), opposite, in front of, forward, in behalf of -- (over) against, before, direct(-ly), for, right (on).

the flocks
tso'n  (tsone)
from an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men)

in the gutters
rahat  (rah'-hat)
a channel or watering-box; by resemblance a ringlet of hair (as forming parallel lines) -- gallery, gutter, trough.

in the watering
mayim  (mah'-yim)
water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen -- + piss, wasting, water(-ing, (-course, -flood, -spring).

troughs
shoqeth  (sho'-keth)
a trough (for watering) -- trough.

when the flocks
tso'n  (tsone)
from an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men)

came
bow'  (bo)
to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)

to drink
shathah  (shaw-thaw')
to imbibe -- assuredly, banquet, certainly, drink(-er, -ing), drunk (-ard), surely.

that they should conceive
yacham  (yaw-kham')
probably to be hot; figuratively, to conceive -- get heat, be hot, conceive, be warm.

when they came
bow'  (bo)
to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)

to drink
shathah  (shaw-thaw')
to imbibe -- assuredly, banquet, certainly, drink(-er, -ing), drunk (-ard), surely.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
30:25-43 The fourteen years being gone, Jacob was willing to depart without any provision, except God's promise. But he had in many ways a just claim on Laban's substance, and it was the will of God that he should be provided for from it. He referred his cause to God, rather than agree for stated wages with Laban, whose selfishness was very great. And it would appear that he acted honestly, when none but those of the colours fixed upon should be found among his cattle. Laban selfishly thought that his cattle would produce few different in colour from their own. Jacob's course after this agreement has been considered an instance of his policy and management. But it was done by intimation from God, and as a token of his power. The Lord will one way or another plead the cause of the oppressed, and honour those who simply trust his providence. Neither could Laban complain of Jacob, for he had nothing more than was freely agreed that he should have; nor was he injured, but greatly benefitted by Jacob's services. May all our mercies be received with thanksgiving and prayer, that coming from his bounty, they may lead to his praise.
Cross References
Genesis 30:37
Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods.

Genesis 30:39
So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.

Genesis 30:41
Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods;
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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.

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