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.
43And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.
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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.
Steve chinedu's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 12/31/2013, 8:02am...
U see, God have always paved way dat his people must follow. Pls frnds bible is not a shakespear book once d spirit of God is not in you, u can't understand it
Richard's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 11/23/2013, 7:05pm...
Now the reason why God wants that first born set aside for him..Is because without that first born son There would be no message.!! The flesh blood line would not have gone forward And the secret or mystery why we are here would not have been able to been figured out... Or know Christ would have died on the cross for our sins..When Cain knew what he did he said what he said to the Lord because he knew That my punishment is more than I can bear And knowing what he felt and did he knew that someone could come and kill him Or have enmity toward him..!!The first example of the first born ever born from the flesh example of what and how we all can be and have in our hearts enmity ,in the flesh..So the Lord mark him... To begin The Living Word
Richard's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 11/23/2013, 6:15pm...
Oh my....Nowhere in God's Word does it say the first born daughter is to be married first Or male Only Like Laden and everybody else says it's our customer.!!!!!!The only thing that God says is that the firstborn of cattle And the firstborn of men Are to be set aside because they are mine.!!! We know what the firstborn of the cattle are for atonement this ends of the family Or person It is unclear why the firstborn are to be set aside however I believe, or I know it's because they insure a bloodline carry forward in the flesh..!The first born is to receive a double portion of the inheritance And has the right to be the head of that house.!!!And a woman if she is not married is to receive a heritage.!! Read people ..
Richard's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 11/23/2013, 1:20pm...
Harry Jesus says I change not one jot of the law That is one tittle or dot Our fathers laws from the first five books of the Bible are very much in affect the statutes and ordinances When Jesus died on the cross he Took the place of one law Which is even still a law That a blood sacrifice Of a animal was no longer needed to atone for ones sins..Read my good sir...!!!!!
Sharon's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 10/27/2013, 11:09pm...
sowing is much easier than reaping! jacob deceived his father and reaped the consequences of getting ahead of God. God does and did forgive, but, that forgiveness does not erase the depth of our actions or the consequences. Just as He does today, God was merciful unto Jacob inspite of his deceit!
Akwasi's Genesis Chapter 30 comment about verse 22 on 9/17/2013, 5:35pm...
Christians should have faith in Our LORD JESUS in everything. We need to pray to HIM without ceasing as written in the BIBLE.
Herman German III's Genesis Chapter 30 comment on 4/24/2013, 12:09pm...
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?
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