37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar,
almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them
by peeling the bark and exposing the white
inner wood of the branches.
38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs
so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink.
When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 39 they mated in front of the branches.
And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.
40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves but made the rest face the
streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban.
Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals.
41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches
in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,
42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there.
So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.
43 In this way, the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to
own large flocks, and maidservants and menservants,
and camels and donkeys.