Genesis 30:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:34, NIV: "Agreed,' said Laban. 'Let it be as you have said.'"

Genesis 30:34, ESV: "Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.”"

Genesis 30:34, KJV: "And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word."

Genesis 30:34, NASB: "Laban said, 'Good, let it be according to your word.'"

Genesis 30:34, NLT: "'All right,' Laban replied. 'It will be as you say.'"

Genesis 30:34, CSB: ""Good," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said.""

What does Genesis 30:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Laban has asked Jacob to name his wages in order to continue working for his father-in-law (Genesis 30:25–33). Jacob's offer is that all future-born black lambs and speckled or spotted sheep or goats will belong to him, while all fully white sheep or fully black goats will belong to Laban. White sheep and black goats were apparently much more common than black sheep or mixed-color animals. In essence, Jacob is asking to only be allowed to keep the "defective" animals, as his own pay.

Now Laban pounces on the deal: "Good!" or "Fine!" His eagerness is understandable: on the surface, Jacob's plan sounds like it will result in a fairly small percentage of the overall flocks. Also, as the following verse will show, the ever-greedy and dishonest Laban has an idea to make sure Jacob's percentage of the flock stays even smaller.