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14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”(A)
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah,(D) and the name of the younger was Rachel.(E) 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel(F) had a lovely figure and was beautiful.(G) 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel(H) and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”(I)
19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel,(J) but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.(K)
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.(L)”
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.(M) 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah(N) and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah(O) to his daughter as her attendant.(P)
26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.(S) 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week;(T) then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.(U)”
28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.(V) 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah(W) to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.(X) 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.(Y) And he worked for Laban another seven years.(Z)
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved,(AA) he enabled her to conceive,(AB) but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.(AC) She named him Reuben,[b](AD) for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery.(AE) Surely my husband will love me now.”Read full chapter
- Genesis 29:17 Or delicate
- Genesis 29:32 Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son.
- Genesis 29:33 Simeon probably means one who hears.
- Genesis 29:34 Levi sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for attached.
- Genesis 29:35 Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise.