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Kathan Kawraw being read
by the chaciyd with some Hebrew pronunciation
1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Yacob no children, Rachel envied her sister;
and said unto Yacob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Yacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, [Am] I in YAHUAH's
stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon
my knees, that I may also have children by her.
4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Yacob went in unto her.
5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Yacob a son.
6 And Rachel said, YAHUAH hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath
given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Yacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I
have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave
her Yacob to wife.
10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Yacob a son.
11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Yacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she
called his name Asher.
14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the
field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me,
I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
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 Yacob 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.
17 And YAHUAH hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Yacob the fifth
18 And Leah said, YAHUAH hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden
to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Yacob the sixth son.
20 And Leah said, YAHUAH hath endued me [with] a good dowry; now will my husband
dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
22 And YAHUAH remembered Rachel, and YAHUAH hearkened to her, and opened her
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, YAHUAH hath taken away my
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, YAHUAH shall add to me another son.
25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Yacob said unto Laban,
Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give [me] my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me
go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes,
[tarry: for] I have learned by experience that YAHUAH hath blessed me for thy
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give [it].
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle
was with me.
30 For [it was] little which thou hadst before I [came], and it is [now]
increased unto a multitude; and YAHUAH hath blessed thee since my coming: and
now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Yacob said, Thou shalt not give me
anything: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed [and] keep thy
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.
34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
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.
36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Yacob: and Yacob fed the
rest of Laban's flocks.
37 And Yacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut
tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which [was] in
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in
the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive
when they came to drink.
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle
ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Yacob 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.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Yacob
laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might
conceive among the rods.
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put [them] not in: so the feebler were
Laban's, and the stronger Yacob's.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and
menservants, and camels, and asses.