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Genesis 29:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So Jacob loved Rachel,—and he said, I will serve thee seven years, for Rachel thy younger daughter.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Jacob loveth Rachel, and saith, 'I serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter:'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Jacob being in love with her, said: I will serve thee seven years for Rachel, thy younger daughter.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Iacob loued Rachel, and said, I will serue thee seuen yeeres for Rachel thy yonger daughter.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for thy younger daughter Rachel.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Yaaqov loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Ya`kv יַעֲקֹב 3290
{3290} Prime
יַעֲקֹב
Ya`aqob
{yah-ak-obe'}
From H6117; heel catcher (that is, supplanter); Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch.
loved 157
{0157} Prime
אָהַב
'ahab
{aw-hab'}
A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
Rl רָחֵל; 7354
{7354} Prime
רָחֵל
Rachel
{raw-khale'}
The same as H7353; Rachel, a wife of Jacob.
and said, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
I will serve 5647
{5647} Prime
עָבַד
`abad
{aw-bad'}
A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
thee seven 7651
{7651} Prime
שֶׁבַע
sheba`
{sheh'-bah}
From H7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication a week; by extension an indefinite number.
years 8141
{8141} Prime
שָׁנֵה
shaneh
{shaw-neh'}
(The first form being in plural only, the second form being feminine); from H8138; a year (as a revolution of time).
for Rl רָחֵל 7354
{7354} Prime
רָחֵל
Rachel
{raw-khale'}
The same as H7353; Rachel, a wife of Jacob.
thy younger 6996
{6996} Prime
קָטָן
qatan
{kaw-tawn'}
From H6962; abbreviated, that is, diminutive, literally (in quantity, size or number) or figuratively (in age or importance).
daughter. 1323
{1323} Prime
בַּת
bath
{bath}
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 29:14-20.


Genesis 29:18

_ _ I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy daughter — A proposal of marriage is made to the father without the daughter being consulted, and the match is effected by the suitor either bestowing costly presents on the family, or by giving cattle to the value the father sets upon his daughter, or else by giving personal services for a specified period. The last was the course necessity imposed on Jacob; and there for seven years he submitted to the drudgery of a hired shepherd, with the view of obtaining Rachel. The time went rapidly away; for even severe and difficult duties become light when love is the spring of action.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 29:15-30.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
loved:

Genesis 29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him [but] a few days, for the love he had to her.
Genesis 29:30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

I will serve:
In ancient times, it was a custom among many nations to give dowries for their wives; but Jacob, being poor, offered for Rachel seven year's service.
Genesis 31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
Genesis 34:12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
Exodus 22:16-17 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. ... If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
2 Samuel 3:14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver [me] my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines.
Hosea 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen [pieces] of silver, and [for] an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep].
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Gn 29:20, 30; 31:41; 34:12. Ex 22:16. 2S 3:14. Ho 3:2; 12:12.

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