Genesis 29

Jacob Meets Rachel

1Then Jacob
Lit lifted up his feet
went on his journey, and came to the land of b  the sons of the east.
2He looked, and
Lit behold
saw d  a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, for from that well they watered the flocks. Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large.
3When all the flocks were gathered there, they would then roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.

4Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?” And they said, “We are from e  Haran.” 5He said to them, “Do you know Laban the f  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 here is g  Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.” 7He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.” 8But they said, “We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11Then Jacob h  kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. 12Jacob told Rachel that he was a
Lit brother
j  relative of her father and that he was Rebekah’s son, and k  she ran and told her father.

13So when l  Laban heard the news of Jacob his sister’s son, he ran to meet him, and m  embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Then he related to Laban all these things. 14Laban said to him, “Surely you are n  my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him a month.

15Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my
Lit brother
relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall p  your wages be?”
16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was q  beautiful of form and
Lit beautiful of appearance
18Now Jacob s  loved Rachel, so he said t  I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me.” 20So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days u  because of his love for her.

Laban’s Treachery

21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my
Lit days are
time is completed, that I may w  go in to her.”
22Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. 23Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her. 24Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid. 25So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban x  What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you y  deceived me?” 26But Laban said, “It is not
Lit done thus in
the practice in our place to
Lit give
marry off the younger before the firstborn.
27Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which ab  you shall serve with me for another seven years.” 28Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29Laban also gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid. 30So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed ac  he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with
Lit him
Laban for ae  another seven years.

31Now the  Lord saw that Leah was
Lit hated
unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
32Leah conceived and bore a son and named him
I.e. see, a son
Reuben, for she said, “Because the  Lord has
Lit looked upon
ai  seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”
33Then she conceived again and bore a son and said aj  Because the  Lord has
Heb shama, related to Simeon
heard that I am
Lit hated
unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon.
34She conceived again and bore a son and said, “Now this time my husband will become
Heb lavah, related to Levi
attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named an  Levi.
35And she conceived again and bore a son and said, “This time I will
Heb Jadah, related to Judah
praise the  Lord.” Therefore she named him
Heb Jehudah
aq  Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
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