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“And Jacob 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.”

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Genesis 30:16 Translation & Meaning

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And Jacob יַֽעֲקֹ֣ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
came וַיָּבֹ֨א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) came
out of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses out
the field הַשָּׂדֶה֮ A field (as flat) field
in the evening, בָּעֶרֶב֒ Dusk evening
and Leah לֵאָ֜ה Leah, a wife of Jacob Leah
went out וַתֵּצֵ֨א To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim out
to meet לִקְרָאת֗וֹ An encountering, accidental, friendly or hostile (also adverbially, opposite) meet
him, and said, וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
Thou must come in תָּב֔וֹא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) must come
unto אֵלַ֣י Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
me; for כִּ֚י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed me for
surely שָׂכֹ֣ר To hire surely
I have hired שְׂכַרְתִּ֔יךָ To hire hired
thee with my son's בְּנִ֑י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) sons
mandrakes. בְּדֽוּדָאֵ֖י A boiler or basket; also the mandrake (as an aphrodisiac) mandrakes
And he lay וַיִּשְׁכַּ֥ב To lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose) lay
with עִמָּ֖הּ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
her that הֽוּא׃ He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are her that
night. בַּלַּ֥יְלָה Properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e., night; figuratively, adversity night

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  • 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 Jacob 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 God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.

  • 18  And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.


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