This is probably the most definitive Bible Story on How Godís Prosperity Plan works.

Jacob and Laban, the first 14 years.


Genesis 29:10-35(10)And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.(11)And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.(12)And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.(13)And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.(14)And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.(15)And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?(16)And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.(17)Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.(18)And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.(19)And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.(20)And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. (21)And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. (22) And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.(23) And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.(24)And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.(25)And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?(26)And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.(27)Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve* (H5647) with me yet seven other years.(28)And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.(29)And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.(30)And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served* (H5647) with him yet seven other years.



A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.: -X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.



Year 14 through 20.


Genesis 30:26-43Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee. (27) And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake. (28)And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.(29)And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy flock was with me.(30)For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also? (31)And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:(32)I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted flock, and all the brown flock among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and these shall be my wages.(33)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, among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me."

(34) And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.(35) And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.(36)And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.(37) And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.(38)And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.(39)And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth flocks ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.(40)And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's flock.(41)And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger flock did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.(42)But when the flock were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.(43) And the man increased exceedingly, and had much flock, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.


Genesis 31:1-9And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.(2)And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. (3)And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. (4) And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, (5)And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.(6)And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.(7)And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.(8)If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the flock bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the flock ringstraked.(9)Thus God hath taken away the flock of your father, and given them to me.


1.  We have Jacob entering into an employment agreement (bond servant) with Laban for 7 years. His pay, Rachel.

2.  At the end of 7 years Laban cheats Jacob and changes Jacobís compensation. He gets Leah instead.

3.  Jacob again agrees with a second 7 year term for the original compensation (Rachel).

4.  After 14 years Jacob wants to leave but Laban wants Jacob to continue working for him a third term because he realizes he is being prospered greatly because Jacob has a relationship with God and the work of his hands is being blessed by God which is Labanís flocks. Jacob is not being blessed by God directly because he is just an employee. He is however being blessed with more mouths to feed, children that will eventually help him in his new business.

5.  Finally Jacob demands he have his own flock separate and apart from his work for Laban. He wants to own his own business.

6.  Jacob starts receiving the blessing of God directly and in 6 years is prospered more by his side business than his employer is by his business.

7.  Jacob becomes rich and Laban squanders what little he has and is broke. Now that is what I call transference of wealth, Godís way.


Proverbs 13: 22A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.