Genesis Chapter 30
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15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken 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 out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 30 Bible commentary...
A further account of Jacob's family. (1-13) Rachel beareth Joseph. (14-24) Jacob's new agreement with Laban to serve him for cattle. (25-43)1-13 Rachel envied her sister: envy is grieving at the good of another, than which no sin is more hateful to God, or more hurtful to our neighbours and ourselves. She considered not that God made the difference, and that in other things she had the advantage. Let us carefully watch against all the risings and workings of this passion in our minds. Let not our eye be evil towards any of our fellow-servants, because our Master's is good. Jacob loved Rachel, and therefore reproved her for what she said amiss. Faithful reproofs show true affection. God may be to us instead of any creature; but it is sin and folly to place any creature in God's stead, and to place that confidence in any creature, which should be placed in God only. At the persuasion of Rachel, Jacob took Bilhah her handmaid to wife, that, according to the usage of those times, her children might be owned as her mistress's children. Had not Rachel's heart been influenced by evil passions, she would have thought her sister's children nearer to her, and more entitled to her care than Bilhah's. But children whom she had a right to rule, were more desirable to her than children she had more reason to love. As an early instance of her power over these children, she takes pleasure in giving them names that carry in them marks of rivalry with her sister. See what roots of bitterness envy and strife are, and what mischief they make among relations. At the persuasion of Leah, Jacob took Zilpah her handmaid to wife also. See the power of jealousy and rivalship, and admire the wisdom of the Divine appointment, which joins together one man and one woman only; for God hath called us to peace and purity.
14-24 The desire, good in itself, but often too great and irregular, of being the mother of the promised Seed, with the honour of having many children, and the reproach of being barren, were causes of this unbecoming contest between the sisters. The truth appears to be, that they were influenced by the promises of God to Abraham; whose posterity were promised the richest blessings, and from whom the Messiah was to descend.
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.
Herman German III's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 4/24/2013, 1:09pm...
For us, that question of intercourse and marriages, when did God ever mention about the Sabbath, honoring mom and father, coveting, etc... Not until Moses because then Jesus came and explained it all. Please don't let America tell you what is right or wrong, as opposed to God. If marriage was not between man and woman, where would we be?
HARRY ALLISON and BEAUTIFUL WIFE SHIRLEY.'s Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 2/03/2013, 3:15am...
Deceit, jealousy, pride, envy and all other sins are still alive today! Although now we have HOPE in JESUS who died for our sins. HE broke the chains and did away with the law. JESUS wants a relationship with us!
DENISE's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 11/25/2012, 10:49pm...
I feel that we can also learn from this, waiting, trusting and having faith in God. Because if we decide to do it our way, itís not going to work. At the end itís going to be what God said it would be. We will always have to do it Godís way for it to work.
Debra Webb's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 10/30/2012, 2:58pm...
I was rather shocked at how the two sisters played themselves against each other. I'm so happy that we are no longer under the law, but under grace and truth. It's amazing how Jacob got the cattle, sheep, goats, and asses to be become speckled and spotted. Thank you God for Giving your son. And in return your son giving his blood shed for me! Hallelujah Praise the Lord.
Ekei's Genesis Chapter 30 comment about verse 22 on 10/04/2012, 4:16pm...
God's word is unbroken. He means what He says and He does that truly and faithfully.
Osondu Onwuzuruigbo's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 9/01/2012, 7:36pm...
Rachel had a need and desired a change but lacked understanding, character and a sense of where lies her solution. Although it was for Leah's sake, Leah was not the cause of Rachel's barreness. All Rachel needed to have done was to change her attitude towards Leah, instead, she completely ignored God and arrogantly sought the solution of her barreness from Jacob who did not possess the power to help. Ill character and misdirection of hope surely will prolong ones deliverance.
Sister's Genesis Chapter 30 comment about verse 15 on 7/15/2012, 8:20pm...
i think thjat she wanted to please her husband so bad she would have done anything for him to be happy even if she didn't want tor the lord wait for the lord sometimes we love to strong for our man
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