After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
Laban said to him, “Just
because you are a
relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing?
Tell me what your wages
Now Laban had two
daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and
the name of the younger
Leah had weak eyes, but
Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.
Jacob was in love with
Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years
in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.”
So Jacob served seven
years to get Rachel, but
they seemed like only a
few days to him because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, .”
So Laban brought together all the people of
the place and gave a feast.
But when evening came,
he took his daughter Leah and brought her to
Jacob, and Jacob laid with her.
And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his
daughter as her attendant.
When morning came,
there was Leah!
“What is this you have done to me? I served you
for Rachel, didn’t I?
Why have you deceived
Laban replied, “It is not
our custom here to give
the younger daughter in
marriage before the older
Finish this daughter’s
then we will give you the
younger one also, in
return for another seven
years of work.”
And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then
Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his
Laban gave his servant Bilhah
to his daughter Rachel as
Jacob laid with Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.
And he worked for Laban another seven years.
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