Genesis 29

Jacob Went on a Journey

(1) Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east.

(2) He looked, and saw a well in the field, and behold, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks. A great stone was on the well’s mouth.

(3) And when all the flocks were gathered there, they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and then put the stone back to its place on the well’s mouth.

(4) Jacob said to them, "My brethren, where are you from?" And they said, "We are from Haran."

(5) And he said to them, "Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know him."

(6) He said to them, "Is he well?" And they said, "He is well, and, behold, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep."

(7) And he said, "Behold, it is still high day, and it is not time for the cattle to be gathered together. YOU water the sheep, and go and feed them."

(8) But they said, "We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered together, and until they roll the stone from the well’s mouth, then we will water the sheep."

Jacob Meets Rachel

(9) And while he spoke with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she kept them.

(10) 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.

(11) Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

(12) Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s relative, and that he was Rebekah’s son. She ran and told her father.

(13) It came to pass, when Laban heard the report about 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.

(14) And Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh." And he dwelled with him for a month.

Jacob Serves Laban For Rachel

(15) Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"

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

(17) Leah’s eyes were tender, but Rachel was beautiful and well-favored.

(18) Jacob loved Rachel, and said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter."

(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 of the love he had to her.

Laban Gives Jacob Leah Instead of Rachel

(21) Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her."

22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

(23) It came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him, and he went in to her.

(24) Laban gave to his daughter Leah his maid, Zilpah, for a maid-servant.

(25) And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah, and he 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?"

(26) Then Laban said, "It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

Jacob Serves Seven More Years for Rachel

(27) Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you shall serve with me for seven more years."

(28) And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. Then he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife also.

(29) Laban gave to his daughter Rachel his maid-servant Bilhah to be her maid.

(30) And he went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with Laban for seven more years.

Leah Gave Birth to Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah

(31) When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.

(32) Then Leah conceived, and gave birth to a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, "Surely the LORD has looked on my affliction. Now therefore my husband will love me."

(33) She conceived again, and gave birth to a son, and said, "Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has therefore given me this son also." She called his name Simeon.

(34) And she conceived again, and gave birth to 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.

(35) She conceived again, and gave birth to a son, and she said, "Now will I praise the LORD." Therefore she called his name Judah, and ceased bearing children.

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