Genesis 291Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east. 2And he looked, and, behold, a well in the field. And, lo, three flocks of sheep were lying there by it, for they watered the flocks out of that well. And the stone upon the well's mouth was great. 3And all the flocks were gathered there. And they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in its place. 4And Jacob said to them, My brothers, where are ye from? And they said, We are of Haran. 5And he said to them, Do ye know Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. 6And he said to them, Is it well with him? And they said, It is well. And, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep. 7And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together. Water ye the sheep, and go and feed them. 8And they said, We cannot until all the flocks be gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well's mouth. Then we water the sheep. 9While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she kept them. 10And 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. 11And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son. And she ran and told her father. 13And it came to pass, when Laban heard the news 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. 14And Laban said to him, Surely thou are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month. 15And Laban said to Jacob, Because thou are my brother, should thou therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall thy wages be? 16And Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17And Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored. 18And Jacob loved Rachel, and he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. 19And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man. Abide with me. 20And Jacob served seven years for Rachel. And they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her. 21And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her. 22And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. And he went in to her. 24And Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid to his daughter Leah for a handmaid. 25And it came to pass in the morning that, behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, What is this thou have done to me? Did I not serve with thee for Rachel? Why then have thou beguiled me? 26And Laban said, It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27Fulfill the week of this one, and we will give thee the other also for the service which thou shall serve with me yet seven other years. 28And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. And he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife. 29And Laban gave to Rachel, his daughter, Bilhah his handmaid to be her handmaid. 30And he also went in to Rachel, and also he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. 31And Jehovah saw that Leah was regarded inferior, and he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32And Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben. For she said, Because Jehovah has looked upon my affliction, for now my husband will love me. 33And she conceived again, and bore a son, and said, Because Jehovah has heard that I am regarded inferior, he has therefore given me this son also. And she called his name Simeon. 34And she conceived again, and bore a son, and said, Now this time my husband will be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons. Therefore his name was called Levi. 35And she conceived again, and bore a son. And she said, This time I will praise Jehovah. Therefore she called his name Judah. And she left off bearing.
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