Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.
He looked, and saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, for from that well they watered the flocks. Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large.
When all the flocks were gathered there, they would then roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.
Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where are you from?" And they said, "We are from Haran."
He said to them, "Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know [him]."
And he said to them, "Is it well with him?" And they said, "It is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep."
He said, "Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them."
But they said, "We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep."
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept.
Jacob told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and that he was Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.
So when Laban heard the news of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Then he related to Laban all these things.
Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh." And he stayed with him a month.
Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"
Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
And Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face.
Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."
Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me."
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give [me] my wife, for my time is completed, that I may go in to her."
Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast.
Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and [Jacob] went in to her.
Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid.
So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?"
But Laban said, "It is not the practice in our place to marry off the younger before the firstborn.
"Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years."
Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.
Laban also gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.
So [Jacob] went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban for another seven years.
Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, "Because the LORD has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me."
Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, "Because the LORD has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this [son] also." So she named him Simeon.
She conceived again and bore a son and said, "Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore he was named Levi.
And she conceived again and bore a son and said, "This time I will praise the LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
Now 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."
Then Jacob's anger burned against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?"
She 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."
So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.
Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son." Therefore she named him Dan.
Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
So Rachel said, "With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, [and] I have indeed prevailed." And she named him Naphtali.
When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
Then Leah said, "How fortunate!" So she named him Gad.
Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
Then Leah said, "Happy am I! For women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.
Now 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 son's mandrakes."
But she said to her, "Is it a small matter for you to take my husband? And would you take my son's mandrakes also?" So Rachel said, "Therefore he may lie with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes."
When 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 son's mandrakes." So he lay with her that night.
God gave heed to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
Then Leah said, "God has given me my wages because I gave my maid to my husband." So she named him Issachar.
Leah conceived again and bore a sixth son to Jacob.
Then 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.
Afterward she bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb.
So she conceived and bore a son and said, "God has taken away my reproach."
She named him Joseph, saying, "May the LORD give me another son."
Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country.
"Give [me] my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you."
But Laban said to him, "If now it pleases you, [stay with me]; I have divined that the LORD has blessed me on your account."
He continued, "Name me your wages, and I will give it."
But he said to him, "You yourself know how I have served you and how your cattle have fared with me.
"For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?"
So he said, "What shall I give you?" And Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this [one] thing for me, I will again pasture [and] keep your flock:
let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted sheep and every black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and [such] shall be my wages.
"So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, [if found] with me, will be considered stolen."
Laban said, "Good, let it be according to your word."
So he removed on that day the striped and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats, every one with white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons.
And he put [a distance of] three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
Then 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.
He 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.
So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.
Jacob 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 Laban's flock.
Moreover, 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;
but when the flock was feeble, he did not put [them] in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.
So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first [of all,]"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
"But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.
"But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!
"Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? [Yet] not one of them is forgotten before God.
"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
"And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;
but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
"And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.
"When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;
for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the [family] inheritance with me."
But He said to him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?"
Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not [even] when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."
And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive.
"And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'
"Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years [to come]; take your ease, eat, drink [and] be merry."'
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This [very] night your soul is required of you; and [now] who will own what you have prepared?'
"So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not worry about [your] life, [as to] what you will eat; nor for your body, [as to] what you will put on.
"For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and [yet] God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
"And which of you by worrying can add a [single] hour to his life's span?
"If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
"But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is [alive] today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more [will He clothe] you? You men of little faith!
"And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
"For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
"But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
"Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"Be dressed in readiness, and [keep] your lamps lit.
"Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open [the door] to him when he comes and knocks.
"Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself [to serve], and have them recline [at the table], and will come up and wait on them.
"Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds [them] so, blessed are those [slaves].
"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
"You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect."
Peter said, "Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone [else] as well?"
And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
"Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
"Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
"But if that slave says in his heart, 'My master will be a long time in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves, [both] men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect [him] and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
"And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
but the one who did not know [it], and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
"I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!
"But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
"Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;
for from now on five [members] in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
"They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
And He was also saying to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out.
"And when [you see] a south wind blowing, you say, 'It will be a hot day,' and it turns out [that way].
"You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
"And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
"For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on [your] way [there] make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
"I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent."