Genesis 30:43 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:43, NIV: "In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys."

Genesis 30:43, ESV: "Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys."

Genesis 30:43, KJV: "And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses."

Genesis 30:43, NASB: "So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys."

Genesis 30:43, NLT: "As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys."

Genesis 30:43, CSB: "And the man became very rich. He had many flocks, female and male slaves, and camels and donkeys."

What does Genesis 30:43 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's deal with Laban for the off-color animals to be born in the flocks (Genesis 30:25–34) seemed, at first, to be another way in which Laban would take advantage of his son-in-law (Genesis 29:18–30). His greed is so potent that even his own daughters (Genesis 29:16), who are bitter rivals (Genesis 30:8), will later unify in condemning their father for his attitude (Genesis 31:14–16). Not only does Laban agree to what seems to be a ridiculously good deal, he tries to cheat Jacob by stripping the flocks of the very animals Jacob needs to produce in order to make his wages (Genesis 30:35–36).

Since God is on Jacob's side, Laban's tactics won't work. Instead, with God's intervention and Jacob's crafty strategy, the deal made Jacob a wealthy man in his own right. So many off-color sheep and goats were born into the flock that Jacob was apparently able to sell some of them to acquire male and female servants of his own, as well as camels and donkeys.

The Lord promised great things to Jacob before he arrived in Laban's territory. Now God has demonstrated that His blessing continues to be on Jacob. Soon Jacob will be ready at last to return to the land of his own people.