|Genesis 29 |
1 Then Jacob went on his journey and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked and saw a well in the field; and behold, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it, for the flocks were watered out of that well; and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
3 Now when all the flocks were gathered there, they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, watered the sheep, and put the stone back on the well's mouth.
4 And Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where are you from?" And they said, "We are from Haran."
5 And he said to them, "Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know him."
6 And he said to them, "Is he well?" And they said, "He is well; and look, his daughter Rachel is coming with his sheep."
7 And he said, "Look, the sun is still high, it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and take them to their pasture."
8 But they said, "We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, then we roll the stone from the well's mouth and water the sheep."
9 While he still spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, and Laban's sheep, that Jacob went over and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered his uncle's flock.
11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and lifted up his voice and wept.
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's relative, Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father.
13 Now when Laban heard the news of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced and kissed him and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
14 Then Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh." And Jacob stayed with him for a month.
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, "Just because you are my relative, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?"
16 Now Laban had two daughters, the name of the elder was Leah and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, "I will work for you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter."
19 And Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me."
20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him only a few days because of the love he had for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, so that I may lay with her, for my time is completed."
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast.
23 But in the evening, he took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob, and he lay with her.
24 And Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid.
25 But in the morning it came to pass, that behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did not I work with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?"
26 And Laban said, "It is not the custom in our country to give the younger in marriage before the firstborn.
27 Fulfill her bridal week, and we will give you Rachel also, and for this you will work for me seven more years."
28 Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her bridal week; and he gave him Rachel his daughter as a wife also.
29 And Laban gave his maid Bilhah to Rachel to be her maid.
30 Then Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah and worked another seven other years for her.
31 Now when the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah conceived and bore a son and she called him Reuben [See, a son]; for she said, "Surely the LORD has looked upon my affliction; now my husband will love me."
33 And she conceived again and bore a son; and said, "Because the LORD has heard I was unloved, he has given me this son also; and she called him Simeon [One who hears]."
34 Then she conceived again and bore a son; and said, "Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have born him three sons. Therefore he was called Levi [Attached].
35 And she conceived again and bore a son; and she said, "Now I will praise the LORD. Therefore she called him Judah [Praise]." Then she stopped bearing.
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