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Genesis 29:31-30:24 American Standard Version (ASV)

31 And Jehovah saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name [a]Reuben: for she said, Because Jehovah hath looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me. 33 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and said, Because Jehovah [b]hath heard that I am hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name [c]Simeon. 34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be [d]joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. 35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, This time will I [e]praise Jehovah: therefore she called his name [f]Judah; and she left off bearing.

30 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb? And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may [g]obtain children by her. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her. And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God hath [h]judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan. And Bilhah Rachel’s handmaid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son. And Rachel said, With [i]mighty wrestlings have I [j]wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

When Leah saw that she had left off bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife. 10 And Zilpah Leah’s handmaid bare Jacob a son. 11 And Leah said, [k]Fortunate! and she called his name [l]Gad. 12 And Zilpah Leah’s handmaid bare Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, [m]Happy am I! for the daughters will call me happy: and she called his name [n]Asher.

14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found [o]mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes. 15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken away my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son’s mandrakes. 16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night. 17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob a fifth son. 18 And Leah said, God hath given me my [p]hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband: and she called his name Issachar. 19 And Leah conceived again, and bare a sixth son to Jacob. 20 And Leah said, God hath endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband [q]dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun. 21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah. 22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bare a son: and said, God hath taken away my reproach: 24 and she called his name Joseph, saying, Jehovah [r]add to me another son.


  1. Genesis 29:32 That is, See, a son.
  2. Genesis 29:33 Hebrew shama.
  3. Genesis 29:33 Hebrew Shimeon.
  4. Genesis 29:34 From the root lavah.
  5. Genesis 29:35 From the Hebrew hodah.
  6. Genesis 29:35 Hebrew Jehudah.
  7. Genesis 30:3 Hebrew be builded by her.
  8. Genesis 30:6 Hebrew dan, he judged.
  9. Genesis 30:8 Hebrew wrestlings of God.
  10. Genesis 30:8 Hebrew niphtal, he wrestled.
  11. Genesis 30:11 Hebrew With fortune! Another reading is, Fortune is come.
  12. Genesis 30:11 That is, Fortune.
  13. Genesis 30:13 Hebrew With my happiness!
  14. Genesis 30:13 That is, Happy.
  15. Genesis 30:14 Or, love apples
  16. Genesis 30:18 Hebrew sachar.
  17. Genesis 30:20 Hebrew zabal, he dwelt.
  18. Genesis 30:24 Hebrew joseph.

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