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  • 1.Mose 29

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

291Then Jacob went on his journey and came to kthe land of the people of the east.

Num. 23:7; Judg. 6:3

2As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the wells mouth was large,

3and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.

4Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, l“We are from Haran.”


5He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.”

6He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!”

7He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.”

8But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

9While he was still speaking with them, mRachel came with her fathers sheep, for she was a shepherdess.

Ex. 2:16

10Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mothers brother, and the sheep of Laban his mothers brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the wells mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mothers brother.

11Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud.

12And Jacob told Rachel that he was nher fathers kinsman, and that he was Rebekahs son, oand she ran and told her father.


13:8; 14:14, 16

13As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sisters son, ohe ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things,

[See 12 above]

14and Laban said to him, p“Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

2:23; 37:27; Judg. 9:2; 2 Sam. 5:1; 19:12; 1 Chr. 11:1

15Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”

16Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17Leahs eyes were weak,1 but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.

Or soft

18Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, q“I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

30:26; 31:41; [Hos. 12:12]

19Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.”

20So Jacob qserved seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

[See 18 above]

21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”

22So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and rmade a feast.

Judg. 14:10; [John 2:1]

23But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

24(Laban gave2 shis female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.)

See 30:9-12

Or had given; also verse 29

25And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

26Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

27tComplete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”

[Judg. 14:12]

28Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

29(Laban gave uhis female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.)

See 30:3-7

30So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban vfor another seven years.

20; 31:41

Jacobs Children

31When the Lord saw that Leah was whated, xhe opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.


Deut. 21:15

32And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,3 for she said, “Because the Lord yhas looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.”

31:42; Ex. 3:7; 4:31; Deut. 26:7

Reuben means See, a son

33She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.4

Simeon sounds like the Hebrew for heard

34Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be zattached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.5

[Num. 18:2, 4]

Levi sounds like the Hebrew for attached

35And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name aJudah.6 Then she ceased bearing.

Matt. 1:2; [49:8]

Judah sounds like the Hebrew for praise