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    GENESIS 30

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      1  Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, gives Bilhah her maid
        unto Jacob.
     5  Bilhah bears Dan and Naphtali.
     9  Leah gives Zilpah her maid, who bears Gad and Asher.
    14  Reuben finds mandrakes, with which Leah buys her husband's
        company of Rachel.
    17  Leah bears Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.
    22  Rachel bears Joseph.
    25  Jacob desires to depart.
    27  Laban detains him on a new agreement.
    37  Jacob's policy, whereby he becomes rich.
    
    
    VERSE 1
    - when Rachel.
       * Ge 29:31
    - Rachel envied.
      Envy and jealousy are most tormenting passions to the breast
      which harbors them, vexatious to all around, and introductory
      to much impatience and ungodliness.  'Who is able to stand
      before envy?'
    
       * Ge 37:11 1Sa 1:4-8 Ps 106:16 Pr 14:30 Ec 4:4 1Co 3:3 Ga 5:21
       * Tit 3:3 Jas 3:14; 4:5
    - or else I die.
       * Ge 35:16-19; 37:11 Nu 11:15,29 1Ki 19:4 Job 3:1-3,11,20-22; 5:2
       * Job 13:19 Jer 20:14-18 Joh 4:3,8 2Co 7:10
    
    
    VERSE 2 
     - anger.
       * Ge 31:36 Ex 32:19 Mt 5:22 Mr 3:5 Eph 4:26
    - Am I.
       * Ge 16:2; 25:21; 50:19 1Sa 1:5; 2:5,6 2Ki 5:7
    - withheld.
       * De 7:13,14 Ps 113:9; 127:3 Lu 1:42
    
    
    VERSE 3 
     - Behold.
       * :9; 16:2,3
    - she shall.
       * Ge 50:23 Job 3:12
    - have children by her.  Heb. be built up by her.
       * Ge 16:2 *marg:
       * Ru 4:11
    
    
    VERSE 4 
     - to wife.
       * Ge 16:3; 21:10; 22:24; 25:1,6; 33:2; 35:22 2Sa 12:11
    
    VERSE 5
    
    
    VERSE 6 
     - A.M. 2256.  B.C. 1748.  God.
       * Ge 29:32-35 Ps 35:24; 43:1 La 3:59
    - Dan.  that is, Judging.
       * Ge 35:25; 46:23; 49:16,17 De 33:22 Jer 13:2,24; 15:14-20
    
    
    VERSE 7 
     - A.M. 2257.  B.C. 1747.
       * :7
    
    
    VERSE 8 
     - great wrestlings.  Heb. wrestlings of God.
       * Ge 23:6; 32:24 Ex 9:28 1Sa 14:15 *marg:
    - and she.
       * Ge 35:25; 46:24; 49:21 De 33:23
    - Naphtali.  that is, My wrestling.
       * Ge 32:24,25 Mt 4:13
    - Nephthalim.
    
    
    VERSE 9 
     - A.M. 2256.  B.C. 1748.  left.
       * :17; 29:35
    - gave her.
       * :4; 16:3
    
    VERSE 10
    
    
    VERSE 11 
     - she.
       * Ge 35:26; 46:16; 49:19 De 33:20,21
    - Gad.  that is, A troop, or company.
       * Isa 65:11
    
    VERSE 12
    
    
    VERSE 13 
     - A.M. 2257.  B.C. 1747.  Happy am I.  Heb. In my happiness.
      will call.
       * Pr 31:28 So 6:9 Lu 1:48
    - and she.
       * Ge 35:26; 46:17; 49:20 De 33:24,25
    - Asher.  that is, Happy.
    
    
    VERSE 14 
     - A.M. 2256.  B.C. 1748.  mandrakes.
      The mandrake may be the Hebrew dudaim:  it is so rendered by
      all the ancient versions, and is a species of melon, of an
      agreeable odor.  Hasselquist, speaking of Nazareth in
      Galilee, says, 'What I found most remarkable at this village
      was the great number of mandrakes which grew in a vale below
      it.  I had not the pleasure of seeing this plant in blossom,
      the fruit now (May 5th, O. S.) hanging ripe on the stem, which
      lay withered on the ground.  From the season in which this
      mandrake blossoms and ripens fruit, one might form a
      conjecture that it was Rachel's dudaim.  These were brought
      her in the wheat harvest, which in Galilee is in the month of
      May, about this time, and the mandrake was now in fruit.'  The
      Abbee Mariti describes it as growing 'low like a lettuce, to
      which its leaves have a great resemblance, except that they
      have a dark green color.  The flowers are purple, and the
      root is for the most part forked.  The fruit, when ripe in the
      beginning of May, is of the size and color of a small apple,
      exceedingly ruddy, and of a most agreeable odor.  Our guide
      thought us fools for suspecting it to be unwholesome.'
    
       * So 7:13
    - Give me.
       * Ge 25:30
    
    VERSE 15
        * Nu 16:9,10,13 Isa 7:13 Eze 16:47 1Co 4:3
    
    VERSE 16
    
    
    VERSE 17 
     - A.M. 2257.  B.C. 1747.
       * :6,22 Ex 3:7 1Sa 1:20,26,27 Lu 1:13
    
    
    VERSE 18 
     - and she.
       * Ge 35:23; 46:13; 49:14,15 De 33:18 1Ch 12:32
    - Issachar.  that is, An hire.
    
    VERSE 19
    
    
    VERSE 20 
     - A.M. cir. 2258.  B.C. cir. 1746.  now will.
       * :15; 29:34
    - and she.
       * Ge 35:23; 46:14; 49:13 Jud 4:10; 5:14 Ps 68:27
    - Zebulun.  that is, Dwelling.
       * Mt 4:13
    - Zabulon.
    
    
    VERSE 21 
     - A.M. cir. 2259.  B.C. 1745.  and called.
       * Ge 34:1-3,26; 46:15
    - Dinah.  that is, Judgment.
    
    
    VERSE 22 
     - remembered.
       * Ge 8:1; 21:1; 29:31 1Sa 1:19,20 Ps 105:42
    - opened.
       * :2; 21:1,2; 25:21; 29:31 Ps 113:9; 127:3
    
    
    VERSE 23
       'Be fruitful and multiply,' was the blessing of God:
      barrenness therefore was reckoned a reproach.  The intense
      desire of having children, observable among the Jewish women,
      arose not only from this reproach of barrenness, but from the
      hope of being the mother of the promised seed, and Him in whom
      all the nations of the earth were to be blessed.
    
       * Ge 29:31 1Sa 1:5,6 Isa 4:1 Lu 1:21,25,27
    
    
    VERSE 24 
     - And she.
       * Ge 35:24; 37:2,4; 39:1-23; 42:6; 48:1 *etc:
       * Ge 49:22-26 De 33:13-17 Eze 37:16 Ac 7:9-15 Heb 11:21,22 Re 7:8
    - Joseph.  that is, Adding.
       * Ge 35:17,18
    
    
    VERSE 25 
     - Send me away.
       * Ge 24:54,56
    - mine.
       * Ge 18:33; 31:55
    - and to.
       * Ge 24:6,7; 26:3; 27:44,45; 28:13,15; 31:13 Ac 7:4,5 Heb 11:9,15,16
    
    
    VERSE 26 
     - my wives.
       * Ge 29:19,20,30; 31:26,31,41 Ho 12:12
    - for thou.
       * :29,30; 31:6,38-40
    
    
    VERSE 27 
     - favor.
       * Ge 18:3; 33:15; 34:11; 39:3-5,21; 47:25 Ex 3:21 Nu 11:11,15 Ru 2:13
       * 1Sa 16:22 1Ki 11:19 Ne 1:11; 2:5 Da 1:9 Ac 7:10
    - the Lord.
       * :30; 12:3; 26:24; 39:2-5,21-23 Ps 1:3 Isa 6:13; 61:9; 65:8
    
    VERSE 28
        * Ge 29:15,19
    
    
    VERSE 29 
     - See on ver.
       * :5; 31:6,38-40 Mt 24:45 Eph 6:5-8 Col 3:22-25 Tit 2:9,10
       * 1Pe 2:15,18
    
    
    VERSE 30 
     - increased.  Heb. broken forth.
       * :43
    - and the.
       * :27
    - since my coming.  Heb. at my foot.
       * De 11:10
    - when.
       * 2Co 12:14 1Ti 5:8
    
    VERSE 31
        * 2Sa 21:4-6 Ps 118:8 Heb 13:5
    
    
    VERSE 32 
     - of such.
       * :35; 31:8,10
    
    
    VERSE 33 
     - righteousness.
       * Ge 31:37 1Sa 26:23 2Sa 22:21 Ps 37:6
    - answer.
       * Isa 59:12
    - in time to come.  Heb. to-morrow.
       * Ex 13:14
    - that shall be.
      Supply the ellipsis by inserting 'if found,' after 'stolen,'
      and the sense will be clear.
    
    VERSE 34
        * Nu 22:29 1Co 7:7; 14:5 Ga 5:12
    
    
    VERSE 35 
     - he removed.
      From this it appears, that, as Jacob had agreed to take all
      the parti-colored for his wages, and was now only beginning
      to act upon this agreement, and consequently had as yet no
      right to any of the cattle, therefore Laban separated from the
      flock all such cattle as Jacob might afterwards claim in
      consequence of his bargain, leaving only the black and white
      with Jacob.
    
    - the hand.
       * Ge 31:9
    
    VERSE 36
    
    
    VERSE 37 
     - Jacob.
       * Ge 31:9-13
    - green poplar.
      Livneh is the white poplar, so called from the whiteness of
      its leaves, bark, and wood, from lavan to be white.
    
    - hasel.
      Jerome, Hiller, Celsius, Dr. Shaw, Bochart, and other learned
      men, say, that luz is not the 'hazel' but the almond-tree, as
      the word denotes both in Arabic and Syriac.
    
    - chestnut tree.
      The Heb. word armon, signifies 'the plane-tree,' so called
      from the bark naturally peeling off, and leaving the trunk
      naked, as its root aram, signifies.
    
       * Eze 31:8
    
    VERSE 38
    
    
    VERSE 39 
     - brought forth.
       * Ge 31:9-12,38,40,42 Ex 12:35,36
    
    VERSE 40
    
    
    VERSE 41 
     - whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive.
      As the means which Jacob used would not in general produce
      similar effects, nay, probably the experiment was never in any
      other instance tried with effect, it is more in harmony with
      Divine truth to suppose that he was directed by some Divine
      intimation; and rendered successful, if not by a direct
      miracle, yet at least by the Lord's giving a new and uncommon
      bias to the tendency of natural causes.
    
       * :41
    
    VERSE 42
        * :42
    
    VERSE 43
        * :30; 13:2; 24:35; 26:13,14; 28:15; 31:7,8,42; 32:10; 33:11; 36:7 Ec 2:7
       * Eze 39:10
      The Lord will, in one way or other, honor those who simply
      trust his providence.
    
    
    
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