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Jacob Meets Rachel

1 Then Jacob went F522 on his journey, and came to the land of the R858 sons of the east. 2 He looked, and saw F523 a R859 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. 3 When 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.

4 Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where are you from?" And they said, "We are from Haran." R860 5 He said to them, "Do you know Laban the son R861 of Nahor?" And they said, "We know him." 6 And he said to them, "Is it well with him?" And they said, "It is well, and here is Rachel R862 his daughter coming with the sheep." 7 He said, "Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them." 8 But 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."

9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 When 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. 11 Then Jacob kissed R863 Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. 12 Jacob told Rachel that he was a relative R864 F524 of her father and that he was Rebekah's son, and she R865 ran and told her father.

13 So when Laban R866 heard the news of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced R867 him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Then he related to Laban all these things. 14 Laban said to him, "Surely you are my R868 bone and my flesh." And he stayed with him a month.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my relative, F525 should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your R869 wages be?" 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 And Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful R870 of form and face. F526 18 Now Jacob loved R871 Rachel, so he said, "I R872 will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." 19 Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me." 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because R873 of his love for her.

Laban's Treachery

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time F527 is completed, that I may go R874 in to her." 22 Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. 23 Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her. 24 Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid. 25 So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, "What R875 is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived R876 me?" 26 But Laban said, "It is not the F528 practice in our place to marry F529 off the younger before the firstborn. 27 "Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you R877 shall serve with me for another seven years." 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29 Laban also gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid. 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he R878 loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban F530 for another R879 seven years.

31 Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, F531 and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, F532 for she said, "Because the LORD has seen R880 F533 my affliction; surely now my husband will love me." 33 Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, "Because R881 the LORD has heard F534 that I am unloved, F535 He has therefore given me this son also." So she named him Simeon. 34 She conceived again and bore a son and said, "Now this time my husband will become attached F536 to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore he was named Levi. R882 35 And she conceived again and bore a son and said, "This time I will praise F537 the LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. R883 F538 Then she stopped bearing.

F522: Lit lifted up his feet
F523: Lit behold
F524: Lit brother
F525: Lit brother
F526: Lit beautiful of appearance
F527: Lit days are
F528: Lit done thus in
F529: Lit give
F530: Lit him
F531: Lit hated
F532: I.e. see, a son
F533: Lit looked upon
F534: Hebrew shama, related to Simeon
F535: Lit hated
F536: Hebrew lavah, related to Levi
F537: Hebrew Jadah, related to Judah
F538: Hebrew Jehudah

R858: Judges 6:3,33
R859: Genesis 24:10,11; Exodus 2:15,16
R860: Genesis 28:10
R861: Genesis 24:24,29
R862: Exodus 2:16
R863: Genesis 33:4
R864: Genesis 28:5
R865: Genesis 24:28
R866: Genesis 24:29-31
R867: Genesis 33:4
R868: Genesis 2:23; Judges 9:2; 2 Samuel 5:1; 19:12,13
R869: Genesis 31:41
R870: Genesis 12:11,14; 26:7
R871: Genesis 24:67
R872: Hosea 12:12
R873: Song of Solomon 8:7
R874: Judges 15:1
R875: Genesis 12:18; 20:9; 26:10
R876: 1 Samuel 28:12
R877: Genesis 31:41
R878: Genesis 29:17,18
R879: Genesis 31:41
R880: Genesis 16:11; 31:42; Exodus 3:7; 4:31; Deuteronomy 26:7; Psalms 25:18
R881: Deuteronomy 21:15
R882: Genesis 49:5
R883: Genesis 49:8; Matthew 1:2


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