Genesis 30:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:33, NIV: "And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.'"

Genesis 30:33, ESV: "So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.”"

Genesis 30:33, KJV: "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."

Genesis 30:33, NASB: "So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. Every one that is not speckled or spotted among the goats, or black among the lambs, if found with me, will be considered stolen.'"

Genesis 30:33, NLT: "In the future, when you check on the animals you have given me as my wages, you'll see that I have been honest. If you find in my flock any goats without speckles or spots, or any sheep that are not black, you will know that I have stolen them from you.'"

Genesis 30:33, CSB: "In the future when you come to check on my wages, my honesty will testify for me. If I have any female goats that are not speckled or spotted, or any lambs that are not black, they will be considered stolen.""

What does Genesis 30:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has completed his service to Laban, and then some. After agreeing to work for seven years, then being tricked into another seven (Genesis 29:18–30), Jacob has continued to deliver prosperity to Laban as his family grows (Genesis 30:1–24). When Jacob makes up his mind to leave, however, he needs to get permission from Laban in order to take his family along (Genesis 30:25–26). Always looking for profit, Laban acknowledged that God had given prosperity by blessing Jacob, and asked Jacob to name his wages. Jacob has proposed to Laban that all of the future born black lambs and speckled or spotted sheep and goats be given to him as payment for working for Laban. In other words, Jacob is asking to only keep the "defective" animals produced by the flock (Genesis 30:27–32).

Now Jacob insists that this will keep things honest between them. After all, if Jacob's personal flocks contain any all–white sheep or all–black goats, they will stand out as ones which should belong to Laban, and can be considered stolen.