NASB — Genesis 29 — KJV

Jacob Meets Rachel

1 Then Jacob Iwent on his journey, and came to the land of athe sons of the east. 2 He looked, and Isaw aa 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.

[1] ILit lifted up his feet aJg 6:3, 33
[2] ILit behold aGn 24:10, 11; Ex 2:15, 16

4 ¶ Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?” And they said, “We are from aHaran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the ason 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 aRachel 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.”

[4] aGn 28:10
[5] aGn 24:24, 29
[6] aEx 2:16

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 akissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. 12 Jacob told Rachel that he was a Iarelative of her father and that he was Rebekah’s son, and bshe ran and told her father.

[11] aGn 33:4
[12] ILit brother aGn 28:5 bGn 24:28

13 ¶ So when aLaban heard the news of Jacob his sister’s son, he ran to meet him, and bembraced 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 amy bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him a month.

[13] aGn 24:29-31 bGn 33:4
[14] aGn 2:23; Jg 9:2; 2S 5:1; 19:12, 13

15 ¶ Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my Irelative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall ayour 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 abeautiful of form and Iface. 18 Now Jacob aloved Rachel, so he said, “bI 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 abecause of his love for her.

[15] ILit brother aGn 31:41
[17] ILit beautiful of appearance aGn 12:11, 14; 26:7
[18] aGn 24:67 bHo 12:12
[20] aSo 8:7

Laban’s Treachery

21 ¶ Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give [me] my wife, for my Itime is completed, that I may ago 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, “aWhat is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you bdeceived me?” 26 But Laban said, “It is not Ithe practice in our place to IImarry 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 ayou 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 ahe loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with ILaban for banother seven years.

[21] ILit days are aJg 15:1
[25] aGn 12:18; 20:9; 26:10 b1S 28:12
[26] ILit done thus in IILit give
[27] aGn 31:41
[30] ILit him aGn 29:17, 18 bGn 31:41

31 ¶ Now the LORD saw that Leah was Iunloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 Leah conceived and bore a son and named him IReuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has IIaseen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” 33 Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, “aBecause the LORD has Iheard that I am IIunloved, 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 Iattached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named aLevi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son and said, “This time I will Ipraise the LORD.” Therefore she named him IIaJudah. Then she stopped bearing.

[31] ILit hated
[32] II.e. see, a son IILit looked upon aGn 16:11; 31:42; Ex 3:7; 4:31; Dt 26:7; Ps 25:18
[33] IHeb shama, related to Simeon IILit hated aDt 21:15
[34] IHeb lavah, related to Levi aGn 49:5
[35] IHeb Jadah, related to Judah IIHeb Jehudah aGn 49:8; Mt 1:2


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Jacob cometh to the well of Haran.

1 ¶ Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east. 2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there [were] three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone [was] upon the well's mouth. 3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place. 4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence [be] ye? And they said, Of Haran [are] we. 5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know [him]. 6 And he said unto them, [Is] he well? And they said, [He is] well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep. 7 And he said, Lo, [it is] yet high day, neither [is it] time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go [and] feed [them]. 8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and [till] they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.

[1] Gn 22:20; 24:10; 25:20; 28:5; Nu 23:7; Jg 6:3, 33; 7:12; 8:10; 1K 4:30; Ps 119:32, 60; Ec 9:7; Ho 12:12.
[2] Gn 24:11, 13; Ex 2:15; Ps 23:2; So 1:6; Is 49:10; Jn 4:6, 14; Rv 7:17.
[3] Gn 29:3.
[4] Gn 11:31; 24:10; 27:43; 28:10; Ac 7:2, 4.
[5] Gn 24:24, 29; 31:53.
[6] Gn 37:14; 43:27; Ex 18:7; 1S 17:22; 25:5; 2S 20:9.
[7] Ga 6:9; Ep 5:16.
[8] Gn 29:3; 34:14; 43:32; Mk 16:3; Lk 24:2.

He taketh acquaintance of Rachel.

9 ¶ And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them. 10 And 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 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he [was] her father's brother, and that he [was] Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.

[9] Gn 24:15; Ex 2:15, 21; So 1:7.
[10] Ex 2:17.
[11] Gn 27:26; 29:13; 33:4; 43:30; 45:2, 14; Ex 4:27; 18:7; Ro 16:16.
[12] Gn 13:8; 14:14; 24:28.

Laban entertaineth him.

13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of 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 thou [art] my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

[13] Gn 24:29; 45:15; Ex 4:27; 18:7; 2S 19:39; Lk 7:45; Ac 20:37; Ro 16:16; Col 4:5.
[14] Gn 2:23; 13:8; 29:12, 15; Jg 9:2; 2S 5:1; 19:12; Mi 7:5; Ep 5:30.

15 ¶ And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou [art] my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what [shall] thy wages [be]? 16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder [was] Leah, and the name of the younger [was] Rachel. 17 Leah [was] tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

[15] Gn 30:28; 31:7.
[16] Gn 29:17, 25; 30:19; 31:4; 33:2; 35:23; 46:15; 49:31; Ru 4:11.
[17] Gn 12:11; 24:16; 29:6, 18; 30:1, 22; 35:19, 24; 39:6; 46:19; 48:7; 1S 10:2; Pv 31:30; Jr 31:15; Mt 2:18.

Jacob covenanteth for Rachel.

18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. 19 And Laban said, [It is] better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me. 20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him [but] a few days, for the love he had to her.

[18] Gn 29:20, 30; 31:41; 34:12; Ex 22:16; 2S 3:14; Ho 3:2; 12:12.
[19] Ps 12:2; Is 6:5, 11.
[20] Gn 24:67; 30:26; So 8:6; Ho 12:12; 1Co 13:7; 2Co 5:14; Ep 5:2.

21 ¶ And Jacob said unto Laban, Give [me] my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. 22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

[21] Gn 4:1; 29:18, 20; 31:41; 38:16; Jg 15:1; Mt 1:18.
[22] Jg 14:10; Ru 4:10; Mt 22:2; 25:1; Jn 2:1; Rv 19:9.

He is deceived with Leah.

23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her. 24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid [for] an handmaid. 25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it [was] Leah: and he said to Laban, What [is] this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? 26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

[23] Gn 24:65; 38:14; Mi 7:5.
[24] Gn 16:1; 24:59; 30:9; 46:18.
[25] Gn 27:35; Jg 1:7; Pv 11:31; Mt 7:2, 12; Jn 21:17; 1Co 3:13; Rv 3:19.
[26] Gn 29:26.
[27] Gn 2:2; 8:10; 29:20; Lv 18:18; Jg 14:10, 12; Mal 2:15; 1Ti 6:10.

He marrieth also Rachel, and serveth for her seven years more.

28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also. 29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid. 30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

[28] Gn 29:22, 28.
[29] Gn 29:24; 30:3; 35:22, 25; 37:2.
[30] Gn 29:18, 20, 31; 30:25; 31:15, 41; 44:20, 27; Dt 21:15; 1S 18:17; Ho 12:12; Mt 6:24; 10:37; Lk 14:26; Jn 12:25.

31 ¶ And when the LORD saw that Leah [was] hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel [was] barren.

[31] Gn 16:1; 20:18; 21:1; 25:21; 27:41; 29:30; 30:1, 22; Ex 3:7; Dt 21:15; Jg 13:2; 1S 1:5, 20, 27; 2:21; Ps 127:3; Mal 1:3; Mt 6:24; 10:37; Lk 1:7; 14:26; Jn 12:25.

Leah beareth Reuben,

32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

[32] Gn 35:22; 37:21, 29; 42:22, 27; 46:8; 49:3; Ex 3:7; 4:31; Dt 26:7; 1S 1:11, 20; 2S 16:12; 1Ch 5:1; Ps 25:18; 106:44; Lk 1:25.

Simeon,

33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I [was] hated, he hath therefore given me this [son] also: and she called his name Simeon.

[33] Gn 30:6, 8, 18, 20; 34:25, 30; 35:23; 42:24; 49:5.

Levi,

34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

[34] Gn 34:25; 35:23; 46:11; 49:5; Ex 2:1; 32:26; Nu 18:2; Dt 33:8.

and Judah.

35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

[35] Gn 30:17; 35:26; 38:1; 43:8; 44:18; 46:12; 49:8; Dt 33:7; 1Ch 5:2; Mt 1:2.


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