Jacob's Prosperity

Genesis 30

25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, s "Send me away, that I may go to t my own place and to my country. 26 "Give me my wives and my children u for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know my service which I have done for you." 27 And Laban said to him, "Please stay, if I have found favor in your eyes, for v I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake." 28 Then he said, w "Name me your wages, and I will give it." 29 So Jacob said to him, x "You know how I have served you and how your livestock has been with me. 30 "For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the LORD has blessed you 1 since my coming. And now, when shall I also y provide for my own house?" 31 So he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks: 32 "Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and z these shall be my wages. 33 "So my a righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages comes before you: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me." 34 And Laban said, "Oh, that it were according to your word!" 35 So he removed that day the male goats that were b speckled and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had some white in it, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons. 36 Then he put three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

37 Now c Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. 38 And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted. 40 Then Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the streaked and all the brown in the flock of Laban; but he put his own flocks by themselves and did not put them with Laban's flock. 41 And it came to pass, whenever the stronger livestock conceived, that Jacob placed the rods before the eyes of the livestock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. 42 But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's. 43 Thus the man d became exceedingly prosperous, and e had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 24:54
    And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they arose in the morning, and he said, "Send me away to my master.
    Genesis 24:56
    And he said to them, "Do not hinder me, since the LORD has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 18:33
    So the LORD went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 29:18 - 20
    Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.
    Genesis 29:27
    "Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years."
    Genesis 29:30
    Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served with Laban still another seven years.
    Hosea 12:12
    Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended sheep.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 26:24
    And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham's sake.
    Genesis 39:3
    And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.
    Isaiah 61:9
    Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 29:15
    Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?
    Genesis 31:7
    Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.
    Genesis 31:41
    Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 31:6
    And you know that with all my might I have served your father.
    Genesis 31:38 - 40
    These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried their young, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock.
    Matthew 24:45
    Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
    Titus 2:10
    Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
  7. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:8
    But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 31:8
    If he said thus: 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then all the flocks bore speckled. And if he said thus: 'The streaked shall be your wages,' then all the flocks bore streaked.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 37:6
    He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 31:9 - 12
    So God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 31:9 - 12
    So God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.
  12. Cross References
    Genesis 12:16
    He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
    Genesis 30:30
    "For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the LORD has blessed you since my coming. And now, when shall I also provide for my own house?"
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 13:2
    Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
    Genesis 24:35
    The LORD has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
    Genesis 26:13
    The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.
    Genesis 26:14
    For he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
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