Genesis 29


Jacob Meets Rachel and Laban

And Jacob lifting his feet, went into the land of the east to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Syrian, and brother of Rebekah, mother of Jacob and Esau. And he saw, and behold, there was a well in the plain. And there were there three flocks of sheep resting near it, for from out of that well they watered the flocks. [4stone 1And 2there was 3a great] upon the mouth of the well. And [4came together 5there 1all 2the 3flocks]. And they rolled away the stone from the mouth of the well, and they watered the sheep, and restored the stone upon the mouth of the well into its place. [3said 1And 4to them 2Jacob], Brethren, from what place are you? And they said, [2from 3Haran 1We are]. And he said to them, You know Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. And he said to them, Is he in health? And they said, He is in health, and behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep. And Jacob said, There is still [2day 1much], for not yet is the hour [3to come together 1for the 2herds]; having watered the sheep, sending them forth graze them! And they said, We are not able until the coming together of all the shepherds, for they should roll away the stone from the mouth of the well, and we shall water the sheep. While he was speaking to them, and behold, Rachel the daughter of Laban comes with the sheep of her father. For she grazed the sheep of her father. 10 And it came to pass as Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, brother of his mother, and the sheep of Laban, the brother of his mother; and coming forward, Jacob rolled away the stone from the mouth of the well. And he watered the sheep of Laban, the brother of his mother. 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel. And yelling with his voice he wept. 12 And he reported to Rachel that [2a brother 3of her father 1he is], and that [2a son 3of Rebekah 1he is]. And she ran to report to her father concerning these words. 13 And it came to pass as Laban heard the name Jacob, the son of his sister, he ran to meet him. And taking hold of him, he kissed him and brought him into his house. And he described to Laban all these matters. 14 And [2said 3to him 1Laban], From out of my bones, and from out of my flesh are you. And he was with him a month of days. 15 [3said 1And 2Laban] to Jacob that, For [2brother 1you are my], you shall not be a slave to me without charge, you tell to me what your wage is?

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

16 And to Laban there were two daughters, the name of the older -- Leah, and the name of the younger -- Rachel. 17 But the eyes of Leah were weak, but Rachel was good to the sight, and beautiful in appearance -- exceedingly. 18 [3loved 1And 2Jacob] Rachel. And he said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel [3daughter 1your 2younger]. 19 [3said 1And 4to him 2Laban], Better for me to give her to you, than for me to give her [2man 1to another]. You live with me! 20 And Jacob served for Rachel seven years, and they were before him as [2days 1a few], because of his love for her. 21 [3said 1And 2Jacob] to Laban, Give to me my wife, [4are fulfilled 1for 2the 3days] so as to enter to her! 22 [3brought together 1And 2Laban] all the men of the place, and he made a wedding. 23 And it became evening. And taking Leah his daughter, he brought her to Jacob, and [2entered 3to 4her 1Jacob]. 24 [3gave 1And 2Laban] Leah his daughter Zilpah his maidservant. 25 And it happened in the morning, and behold, there was Leah. [3said 1And 2Jacob] to Laban, What is this you did to me, was it not on account of Rachel I served for you, and why did you mislead me? 26 [3said 1And 2Laban], It is not so in our place to give the younger before the elder. 27 You complete then these sevenths and I will give to you also this woman for the work of which you will work for me, yet [2seven 3years 1another]. 28 [3did 1And 2Jacob] so, and fulfilled these her sevenths. And [2gave 3to him 1Laban] Rachel his daughter, to him as wife. 29 [3gave 1And 2Laban 7to his daughter 4Bilhah 5the 6maidservant]. 30 And he entered to Rachel. And he loved Rachel rather than Leah. And he served him [2seven 3years 1another].

Leah Bears Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah

31 [3seeing 1And 2the  lord] that Leah was detested, he opened her womb. But Rachel was sterile. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son to Jacob. And she called his name, Reuben, saying, Because [2saw 3my 1the  lord] the humiliation, and he gave to me a son; now then [2will love 3me 1my husband]. 33 And [3conceived 1again 2Leah] and bore [2son 1a second] to Jacob. And she said, For the  lord heard that I am detested, and he gave in addition to me also this one. And she called his name, Simeon. 34 And she conceived again and bore a son. And she said, In the present time [3by 4me 2will be 1my husband], for I bore to him three sons. On account of this she called his name, Levi. 35 And conceiving again she bore a son. And she said, Now yet this I will acknowledge to the  lord. On account of this she called his name, Judah. And she stopped bearing.
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