Genesis 30:39
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New International Version
they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.

New Living Translation
And when they mated in front of the white-streaked branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked, speckled, and spotted.

English Standard Version
the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.

New American Standard Bible
So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.

King James Bible
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The flocks bred in front of the branches and bore streaked, speckled, and spotted young.

International Standard Version
When the flocks mated in front of the branches, they would bear offspring that were striped, speckled, or spotted.

NET Bible
When the sheep mated in front of the branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
they mated in front of the branches. Then they gave birth to young that were striped, speckled, or spotted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the flocks conceived before the rods and brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted sheep.

King James 2000 Bible
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth flocks striped, speckled, and spotted.

American King James Version
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

American Standard Version
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth ringstreaked, speckled, and spotted.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass that in the very heat of coition, the sheep beheld the rods, and brought forth spotted, and of divers colours, and speckled.

Darby Bible Translation
And the flock was ardent before the rods; and the flock brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

English Revised Version
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted.

World English Bible
The flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.

Young's Literal Translation
and the flocks conceive at the rods, and the flock beareth ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted ones.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 39. - And the flocks conceived (ut supra) before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. The fact is said to have been frequently observed that, particularly in the case of sheep, whatever fixes their attention in copulation is marked upon the young. That Jacob believed in the efficacy of the artifice he adopted is apparent; but the multiplication of Parti-colored animals it will be safer to ascribe to Divine blessing than to human craft.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the flocks conceived before the rods,.... At them, and in sight of them; which had such influence upon them through thee force of imagination, and a divine power and providence so directing and succeeding this device, that they

brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted; such as Jacob was to have for his hire; and, though there was no doubt a more than ordinary concourse of divine Providence attending this affair; yet there have been many strange things brought about in a natural way by the strength of imagination, as may be observed in those marks which women are said to mark their children with, while with child of them; as also in conceiving and bearing such like unto them they have fancied, as the woman that bore a blackamoor, through often looking at the picture of one in her chamber; and an Ethiopian queen, who by the same means bore a white child, fair and beautiful, which she exposed, lest she should be thought an adulteress (r): and what comes nearer to the case here, Jerom reports (s) the like things done in Spain among horses and mares, by placing beautiful horses before mares at the time of leaping; and the Apis, or Egyptian ox, which had peculiar spots in it, was produced in like manner, so that there was always in succession one of the same form and colour, as Austin asserts (t); and it may be observed, what is affirmed by some writers (u), that sheep will change their colours according to the different waters they drink of at the time of their being covered; and that some rivers drank of will make white sheep black, and black white, and others red and yellow. But as Jacob was directed of God to take this method, this is sufficient to justify him, and upon his blessing and providence the success depended, whatever there may be in nature to bring about such an effect; and as it was to do himself justice, who had been greatly injured by Laban, it was equally as just and righteous a thing to take this course, as it was for the Israelites by a divine direction to borrow jewels, &c. of the Egyptians, whereby they were repaid for their hard service. (This was written over one hundred years before the laws of genetics were discovered. We know that the result was from God not of Jacob's schemes. Ed.)

(r) Heliodor. Ethiopic. l. 4. c. 8. (s) Quaest. Heb. in Gen. fol. 70. L. M. (t) De Civit. Dei, l. 18. c. 5. (u) Aelian. de Animal. l. 8. c. 21. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 2. c. 103.



Genesis 30:39 Additional Commentaries
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Jacob Prospers
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. 40Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock.…
Cross References
Genesis 30:38
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,

Genesis 30:40
Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban's animals.

Genesis 31:8
If he said, 'The speckled ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, 'The streaked ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks bore streaked young.

Genesis 31:10
"In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.

Genesis 31:12
And he said, 'Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
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And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

brought forth.

Genesis 31:9-12,38,40,42 Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me…

Exodus 12:35,36 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and …

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