New American Standard Bible
The Sons of Jacob
1Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. 2Then Jacobs anger burned against Rachel, and he said, Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb? 3She said, Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children. 4So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6Then Rachel said, God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son. Therefore she named him Dan. 7Rachels maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8So Rachel said, With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed. And she named him Naphtali.
9When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10Leahs maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11Then Leah said, How fortunate! So she named him Gad. 12Leahs maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13Then Leah said, Happy am I! For women will call me happy. So she named him Asher.
14Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Please give me some of your sons mandrakes. 15But she said to her, Is it a small matter for you to take my husband? And would you take my sons mandrakes also? So Rachel said, Therefore he may lie with you tonight in return for your sons mandrakes. 16When Jacob came in from the field in the evening, then Leah went out to meet him and said, You must come in to me, for I have surely hired you with my sons mandrakes. So he lay with her that night. 17God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18Then Leah said, God has given me my wages because I gave my maid to my husband. So she named him Issachar. 19Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob. 20Then Leah said, God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. So she named him Zebulun. 21Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
22Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb. 23So she conceived and bore a son and said, God has taken away my reproach. 24She named him Joseph, saying, May the LORD give me another son.
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. 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 Labans flock. 41Moreover, 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; 42but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Labans and the stronger Jacobs. 43So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.