Parsha VII.iv

GENESIS
30,14 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.’ 30,15 And she said unto her: ‘Is it a small matter that thou hast
taken away 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.’ 30,16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went
out to meet him, and said: ‘Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired
thee with my son’s mandrakes.’ And he lay with her that night. 30,17 And God
hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. 30,18 And
Leah said: ‘God hath given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband.
And she called his name Issachar. 30,19 And Leah conceived again, and bore a
sixth son to Jacob. 30,20 And Leah said: ‘God hath endowed me with a good dowry;
now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.’ And she
called his name Zebulun. 30,21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called
her name Dinah. 30,22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and
opened her womb. 30,23 And she conceived, and bore a son, and said: ‘God hath
taken away my reproach.’ 30,24 And she called his name Joseph, saying: ‘The LORD
add to me another son.’ 30,25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph,
that Jacob said unto Laban: ‘Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place,
and to my country. 30,26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served
thee, and let me go; for thou knowest my service wherewith I have served thee.’
30,27 And Laban said unto him: ‘If now I have found favour in thine eyes–I have
observed the signs, and the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.’
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* used as a fertility drug