G E N E S I S
In this chapter we have an account of the
increase, I. Of Jacob's family. Eight children more we find
registered in this chapter; Dan and Naphtali by Bilhah, Rachel's
maid, ver. 1-8. Gad and
Asher by Zilpah, Leah's maid, ver.
9-13. Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah, by Leah, ver. 14-21. And, last of all,
Joseph, by Rachel, ver.
22-24. II. Of Jacob's estate. He makes a new bargain
with Laban, ver. 25-34.
And in the six years' further service he did to Laban God
wonderfully blessed him, so that his stock of cattle became very
35-43. Herein was fulfilled the blessing with which
Isaac dismissed him (ch. xxviii.
3), "God make thee fruitful, and multiply thee." Even
these small matters concerning Jacob's house and field, though they
seem inconsiderable, are improvable for our learning. For the
scriptures were written, not for princes and statesmen, to instruct
them in politics; but for all people, even the meanest, to direct
them in their families and callings: yet some things are here
recorded concerning Jacob, not for imitation, but for