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The First Book of Moses

also called Genesis from the Latin

(Part Five)


The 30th Chapter
     When Rahel saw that she bare Jacob no children, she envied her sister, and said unto Jacob: give me children, or else I am but dead. Then was Jacob wroth with Rahel saying: Am I in Gods stead which keeps from you the fruit of your womb? Then she said: here is my maid Bilha: go in unto her, that she may bear upon my lap, that I may be increased by her. And she gave him Bilha her handmaid to wife. And Jacob went in unto her: And Bilha conceived and bare Jacob a son. Then said Rahel: God has given sentence on my side, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son. Therefore called she him Dan. And Bilha Rahels maid conceived again, and bare Jacob another son. And Rahel said. God is turned, and I have made a change with my sister, and have gotten the upper hand. And she called his name: Naphtali.
     When Lea saw that she had left bearing, she took Silpha her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. And Silpha Leas maid bare Jacob a son. Then said Lea: Good luck: and called his name Gad. And Silpha Leas maid bare Jacob another son. Then said Lea: happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed. And called his name Asser.
     And Ruben went out in the wheat harvest and found mandragoras in the fields, and brought them unto his mother Lea. Then said Rahel to Lea give me of your sons mandragoras. And Lea answered: Is it not enough, that you have taken away my husband, but would take away my sons mandragoras also? Then said Rahel: well, let him sleep with you this night, for your sons mandragoras. And when Jacob came from the fields at even, Lea went out to meet him, and said: come in to me, for I have bought you with my sons mandragoras.
     And he slept with her that night. And God heard Lea, that she conceived and bare unto Jacob the fifth son. Then said Lea: God has given me my reward, because I gave my maiden to my husband, and she called him Isachar. And Lea conceived yet again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. Then said she: God has endued me with good dowry. Now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and called his name Zabulon. After that she bare a daughter, and called her Dina.
     And God remembered Rahel, heard her, and made her fruitful: so that she conceived and bare a son, and said: God has taken away my rebuke. And she called his name Joseph saying: The Lord give me yet another son. As soon as Rahel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban: Send me away that I may go unto mine own place and country, give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go: for you know what service I have done you. Then said Laban unto him: If I have found favour in your sight (for I suppose that the Lord has blessed me for your sake) appoint what your reward shall be, and I will give it you. But he said unto him: you know what service I have done you, and in what taking your cattle have been under me: For it was but little that you had before I came, and now it is increased into a multitude, and the Lord has blessed you for my sake. But now when shall I make provision for mine own house also? And he said: what shall I give you? And Jacob answered: you shall give me nothing at all, if you will do this one thing for me: And then will I turn again, and feed your sheep and keep them.
     I will go about all your sheep this day, and separate from them all the sheep that are spotted and of diverse colors, and all black sheep among the lambs, and the party and spotted among the kids: And the same shall be my reward. So shall my righteousness answer for me: when the time comes that I shall receive my reward of you: So that whatsoever is not speckled and party among the goats and black among the lambs, let that be theft with me. Then said Laban: Lo, I am content, that it be according as you have said. And he took out that same day the he goats that were party and of diverse colors, and all the goats that were spotted and party colored, and all that had white in them, and all the black among the lambs: and put them in the keeping of his sons, and set three days journey between himself and Jacob. And so Jacob kept the rest of Labans sheep.
     Jacob took rods (thin branch) of green poplar, hazel,(lt/yellow brown) and of chestnut (reddish brown) trees, and pilled (peeled) white streaks in them and made the white appear in the staves: And he put the staves which he had pilled, even before the sheep, in the gutters and watering troughs, when the sheep came to drink: that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the sheep conceived before the staves, and brought forth streaked, spotted and party. Then Jacob parted the lambs and turned the faces of the sheep toward spotted things, and toward all manner of black things throughout the flocks of Laban. And he made him flocks of his own by them self, which he put not unto the flocks of Laban. And always in the first bucking time of the sheep, Jacob put the staves before the sheep in the gutters, that they might conceive before the staves: But in the latter bucking time, he put them not there: so the last brood was Labans and the first Jacobs. And the man became exceeding rich and had many sheep, maidservants, menservants, camels and asses.

The 31st Chapter
     And Jacob heard the words of Labans sons how they said: Jacob has taken away all that was our fathers, and of our fathers goods, has he gotten all this honor. And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, that it was not toward him as it was in times past. And the Lord said unto Jacob: turn again into the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you. Then Jacob sent and called Rahel and Lea to the field unto his sheep, and said unto them: I see your fathers countenance that it is not toward me as in times past. Moreover the God of my father has been with me. And you know how that I have served your father with all my might. And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times: But God allowed him not to hurt me. When he said, the spotted shall be your wages, then all the sheep bare spotted. If he said, the streaked shall be your reward, then bare all the sheep streaked: thus has God taken away your fathers cattle and given them me. For in bucking time, I lifted up mine eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams that bucked the sheep were streaked, spotted and party. And the angel of God spoke unto me in a dream saying: Jacob? And I answered: here am I. And he said: lift up your eyes and see, how all the rams that leap upon the sheep are streaked, spotted and party: for I have seen all that Laban does unto you. I am the God of Bethel where you anointed the stone, and where you vowed a vow unto me. Now arise and get you out of this country, and return unto the land where you was born.
     Then answered Rahel and Lea, and said unto him: we have no part nor inheritance in our fathers house: he counts us even as strangers, for he has sold us, and has even eaten up the price of us. Moreover all the riches which God has taken from our father, that is ours and our childrens. Now therefore whatsoever God has said unto you, that do. Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and wives up upon camels, and carried away all his cattle and all his substance which he had gotten in Mesopotamia, for to go to Isaac his father unto the land of Canaan. Laban was gone to shear his sheep, and Rahel had stolen her fathers images. And Jacob stale away the heart of Laban the Sirian, and told him not that he fled. So fled he and all that he had, and made himself ready, and passed over the rivers, and set his face straight toward the mount Gilead.
     Upon the third day after, was it told Laban that Jacob was fled. Then he
took his brethren with him and followed after him seven days journey, and overtook him at the mount Gilead. And God came to Laban the Sirian in a dream by night, and said unto him: take heed to yourself, that you speak not to Jacob anything save good. And Laban overtook Jacob: and Jacob had pitched his tent in that mount. And Laban with his brethren pitched their tent also upon the mount Gilead. Then said Laban to Jacob: why have you this done to steal away my heart, and carry away my daughters as though they had been taken captive with sword? Wherefore went you away secretly unknown to me, and did not tell me, that I might have brought you on the way with mirth, singing, timbrels and harps, and have not allowed me to kiss my children and my daughters? You was a fool to do it, for I am able to do you evil. But the God of your father spoke unto me yesterday saying: take heed that you speak not to Jacob anything save good. And now though you went your way because you long after your fathers house, yet wherefore have you stolen my gods?
     Jacob answered and said to Laban: because I was afraid, and thought that you would have taken away your daughters from me. But with whomsoever you find your gods, let him die here before our brethren. Seek that your is by me, and take it to you: for Jacob knew not that Rahel had stolen them. Then went Laban into Jacobs tent, and into Leas tent, and into two maidens tents: but found them not. Then went he out of Leas tent, and entered into Rahels tent. And Rahel took the images, and put them in the camels straw, and sat down upon them. And Laban searched all the tent: but found them not. Then said she to her father: my lord, be not angry that I cannot rise up before you, for the disease of women is come upon me. So searched he, but found them not.
     Jacob was wroth, and chode (scold mildly) with Laban. Jacob also answered and said to him: what have I trespassed or what have I offended, that you followed after me? You have searched all my stuff, and what have you found of all your household stuff? put it here before your brethren and mine, and let them judge between us both. This twenty years that I have been with you, your sheep and your goats have not been barren, and the rams of your flock have I not eaten. Whatsoever was torn of beasts I brought it not unto you, but made it good myself: of my hand did you require it, whether it was stolen by day or night. Moreover by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
     Thus have I been twenty years in your house, and served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your sheep, and you have changed my reward ten times. And except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the God whom Isaac fears had been with me: surely you had sent me away now all empty. But God beheld my tribulation, and the labor of my hands: and rebuked you yesterday.
     Laban answered and said unto Jacob: the daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the sheep are my sheep, and all that you see is mine. And what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born? Now therefore come on, let us make a bond, I and you together, and let it be a witness between you and me. Then took Jacob a stone and set it up on end, and said unto his brethren, gather stones. And they took stones, and made an heap, and they ate there upon the heap. And Laban called it Zegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called Gilead.
     Then said Laban: this heap be witness between you and me this day (therefore is it called Gilead) and this toot hill which the Lord sees (said he) be witness between me and you when we are departed one from another: that you shall not vex my daughters neither shall take other wives unto them. Here is no man with us: behold, God is witness between you and me. And Laban said moreover to Jacob: behold, this heap and this mark which I have set here, between me and you: this heap be witness and also this mark, that I will not come over this heap to you, and you shall not come over this heap and this mark, to do any harm. The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their fathers, be judge between us.
     And Jacob sware by him that his father Isaac feared. Then Jacob did sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread. And they ate bread and tarried all night in the hill. And early in the morning Laban rose up and kissed his children and his daughters, and blessed them and departed and went unto his place again. But Jacob went forth on his journey. And the angels of God came and met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said: this is Gods host: and called the name of that same place, Mahanaim.

The 32nd Chapter
     Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother, unto the land of Seir and the field of Edom. And he commanded them saying: see that you speak after this manner to my lord Esau: your servant Jacob says thus. I have sojourned and been a stranger with Laban unto this time and have gotten oxen, asses and sheep, menservants and womenservants, and have sent to show it my lord, that I may find grace in your sight. And the messengers came again to Jacob saying: we came unto your brother Esau, and he comes against you and four hundred men with him. Then was Jacob greatly afraid, and knew not which way to turn himself, and divided the people that was with him and the sheep, oxen and camels, into two companies, and said: If Esau come to the one part and smite it, the other may save itself.
     And Jacob said: O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac: Lord, which said unto me, return unto your country and to your kindred, and I will deal well with you. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and truth which you have showed unto your servant. For with my staff came I over this Jordan, and now have I gotten two droves. Deliver me from the hands of my brother Esau: for I fear him: least he will come and smite the mother with the children. You said that you would surely do me good, and would make my seed as the sand of the sea which cannot be numbered for multitude.
     And he tarried there that same night, and took of that which came to hand, a present, unto Esau his brother: Two hundred she goats and twenty he goats: two hundred sheep and twenty rams: thirty milk camels with their colts: forty kine and ten bulls: twenty she asses and ten foals and delivered them unto his servants, every drove by themselves, and said unto them: go forth before me and put a space between every drove. And he commanded the foremost, saying:
     When Esau my brother meets you and asks you saying: whose servant are you and where goes you, and whose are these that go before you: you shall say, they be your servant Jacobs, and are a present sent unto my lord Esau, and behold, he himself comes after us. And so commanded he the second, and even so the third, and likewise all that followed the droves saying, of this manner see that you speak unto Esau when you meet him, and say moreover. Behold your servant Jacob comes after us, for he said. I will pease his wrath with the present that goes before me and afterward I will see him myself, so peradventure he will receive me to grace. So went the present before him and he tarried all that night in the tent, and rose up the same night and took his two wives and his two maidens and his eleven sons, and went over the ford Jabok. And he took them and sent them over the river, and sent over that he had and tarried behind himself alone.
     And there wrestled a man with him unto the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he could not prevail against him, he smote him under the thigh, and the sinew of Jacobs thigh shrank as he wrestled with him. And he said: let me go, for the day breaks. And he said: I will not let you go, except you bless me. And he said unto him: what is your name? He answered: Jacob. And he said: you shall be called Jacob no more, but Israel. For you have wrestled with God and have prevailed.
     And Jacob asked him saying, tell me your name. And he said, wherefore do you ask after my name? and he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Pheniel, for I have seen God face to face, and yet is my life reserved. And as he went over Peniel, the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh: wherefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew that shrank under the thigh, unto this day: because that he smote Jacob under the thigh in the sinew that shrank.

The 33rd Chapter
     Jacob lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Esau come, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Lea and unto Rahel and unto the two maidens. And he put the maidens and their children foremost, and Lea and her children after, and Rahel and Joseph hindermost. And he went before them and fell on the ground seven times, until he came unto his brother.
     Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. And he lifted up his eyes and saw the wives and their children, and said: what are these which you there hast? And he said: they are the children which God has given your servant. Then came the maidens forth, and did their obeisance. Lea also and her children came and did their obeisance. And last of all came Joseph and Rahel and did their obeisance.
     And he said: what mean you with all the droves which I met? And he answered: to find grace in the sight of my lord. And Esau said: I have enough my brother, keep that you have unto yourself. Jacob answered: oh no, but if I have found grace in your sight, receive my present of my hand: for I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God: wherefore receive me to grace and take my blessing that I have brought you, for God has given it me. And I have enough of all things. And so he compelled him to take it. And he said: let us take our journey and go, and I will go in your company. And he said unto him: my lord knows that I have tender children, ewes and kine with young, under mine hand, which if men should overdrive but even one day, the whole flock would die. Let my lord therefore go before his servant and I will drive fair and softly, according as the cattle that go before me and the children, be able to endure: until I come to my lord unto Seir.
     And Esau said: let me yet leave some of my folk with you. And he said: what need is it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord. So Esau went his way again the same day unto Seir. And Jacob took his journey toward Sucoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: whereof the name of the place is called Sucoth.
     And Jacob came peaceably in to the city of Sichem in the land of Canaan, after that he was come from Mesopotamia, and pitched before the city, and bought a parcel of ground where he pitched his tent, of the children of Hemor Sichems father, for an hundred lambs, And he made there an altar, and there called upon the mighty God of Israel.

The 34th Chapter
     Dina the daughter of Lea which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And Sichem the son of Hemor the Hevite lord of the country, saw her and took her, and lay with her, and forced her: and his heart lay unto Dina the daughter of Jacob. And he loved the damsel and spoke kindly unto her, and spoke unto his father Hemor saying, get me this maiden unto my wife. And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dina his daughter, but his sons were with the cattle in the field, and therefore he held his peace, until they were come. Then Hemor the father of Sichem went out unto Jacob, to commune with him. And the sons of Jacob came out of the field as soon as they heard it, for it grieved them, and they were not a little wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel, in that he had lain with Jacobs daughter, which thing ought not to be done. And Hemor communed with them saying: the soul of my son Sichem longs for your daughter: give her him to wife, and make marriages with us: give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you, and dwell with us, and the land shall be at your pleasure, dwell and do your business, and have your possessions therein. And Sichem said unto her father and her brethren: let me find grace in your eyes, and whatsoever you appoint me, that will I give. Ask freely of me both the dowry and gifts, and I will give according as you say unto me, and give me the damsel to wife.
     Then the sons of Jacob answered to Sichem and Hemor his father deceitfully, because he had defiled Dina their sister. And they said unto them, we cannot do this thing that we should give our sister to one that is uncircumcised, for that were a shame unto us. Only in this will we consent unto you: If you will be as we be, that all the men children among you be circumcised, then will we give our daughter to you and take yours to us, and will dwell with you and be one people. But and if you will not hearken unto us to be circumcised, than will we take our daughter and go our ways. And their words pleased Hemor: and Sichem his son. And the young man deferred not for to do the thing, because he had a lust to Jacobs daughter: he was also most set by of all that were in his fathers house. Then Hemor and Sichem went unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city saying: These men are peaceable with us, and will dwell in the land and do their occupation therein. And in the land is room enough for them, let us take their daughters to wives and give them ours: only herein will they consent unto us for to dwell with us and to be one people: if all the men children that are among us be circumcised as they are. Their goods and their substance and all their cattle are ours, only let us consent unto them, that they may dwell with us.
     And unto Hemor and Sichem his son hearkened all that went out at the gate of his city. And all the men children were circumcised whatsoever went out at the gates of his city. And the third day when it was painful to them, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi Dinas brethren, took either of them his sword and went into the city boldly, and slew all that was male, and slew also Hemor and Sichem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dina their sister out of Sichems house, and went their way.
     Then came the sons of Jacob upon the deed, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister: and took their sheep, oxen, asses and whatsoever was in the city and also in the fields. And all their goods, all their children and their wives took they captive, and made havoc of all that was in the houses.
     And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi: you have troubled me and made me stink unto the inhabiters of the land, both to the Cananites and also unto the Pherezites. And I am few in number. Wherefore they shall gather themselves together against me and slay me, and so shall I and my house be destroyed. And they answered: should they deal with our sister as with an whore?

The 35th Chapter
     And God said unto Jacob, arise and get you up to Bethel, and dwell there. And make there an altar unto God that appeared unto you, when you fled from: Esau your brother. Then said Jacob unto his household and to all that were with him, put away the strange gods that are among you and make yourselves clean, and change your garments, and let us arise and go up to Bethel, that I may make an altar there, unto God which heard me in the day of my tribulation and was with me in the way which I went.
     And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were under their hands, and all their earrings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under an oak at Sichem. And they departed. And the fear of God fell upon the cities that were round about them, that they durst not follow after the sons of Jacob. So came Jacob to Lus in the land of Canaan, otherwise called Bethell, with all the people that was with him. And he builded there an altar, and called the place Bethel: because that God appeared unto him there, when he fled from his brother.
     Then died Debora Rebeccas nurse, and was buried beneath Bethel under an oak. And the name of it was called the oak of lamentation. And God appeared unto Jacob again after he came out of Mesopotamia and blessed him and said unto him: your name is Jacob. Notwithstanding you shall be no more called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name. And so was his name called Israel.
     And God said unto him: I am God allmighty, grow and multiply: for people and a multitude of people shall spring of you, yea and kings shall come out of your loins. And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, will I give unto you, and unto your seed after you will I give it also. And God departed from him in the place where he talked with him. And Jacob set up a mark in the place where he talked with him: even a pillar of stone, and poured drink offering theron and poured also oil theron, and called the name of the place where God spoke with him Bethell.
     And they departed from Bethel, and when he was but a field breadth from Ephrath, Rahel began to travail. And in travailing she was in peril. And as she was in pains of her labor, the midwife said unto her: fear not, for you shall have this son also. Then as her soul was departing, that she must die: she called his name Ben Oni. But his father called him Ben Jamin. and thus died Rahel and was buried in the way to Ephrath which now is called Bethlehem. And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave, which is called Rahels grave pillar unto this day. And Israel went then and pitched up his tent beyond the tower of Eder. And it chanced as Israel dwelt in that land, that Ruben went and lay with Bilha his fathers concubine, and it came to Israels ear. The sons of Jacob were twelve in number. The sons of Lea: Ruben, Jacobs eldest son, and Simeon, Levi, Juda, Isachar, and Zabulon. The sons of Rahel: Joseph and Ben Jamin. The sons of Bilha Rahels maid: Dan and Nephtali. The sons of Zilpha Leas maid Gad and Asser. These are the sons which were born him in Mesopotamia.
     Then Jacob went unto Isaac his father to Mamre a principal city, otherwise called Hebron: where Abraham and Isaac sojourned as strangers. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and eighty years: and then fell he sick and died, and was put unto his people being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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