30:40 Jacob removed these lambs, but he made the rest of the flock face 1 the streaked and completely dark-colored animals in Laban’s flock. So he made separate flocks for himself and did not mix them with Laban’s flocks.
30:41 When the stronger females were in heat, 2 Jacob would set up the branches in the troughs in front of the flock, so they would mate near the branches.
30:42 But if the animals were weaker, he did not set the branches there. 3 So the weaker animals ended up belonging to Laban 4 and the stronger animals to Jacob.
1 tn Heb “and he set the faces of.”
2 tn Heb “and at every breeding-heat of the flock.”
3 tn Heb “he did not put [them] in.” The referent of the [understood] direct object, “them,” has been specified as “the branches” in the translation for clarity.
4 tn Heb “were for Laban.”