Jacob cometh to the well of Haran.
Genesis 29:1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the children of the east. Genesis 29:2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, three flocks of sheep lying there by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and the stone upon the well's mouth was great. Genesis 29:3 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 its place. Genesis 29:4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we. Genesis 29:5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. Genesis 29:6 And he said unto them, Is it well with him? And they said, It is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep. Genesis 29:7 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. Genesis 29:8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
He taketh acquaintance of Rachel.
Genesis 29:9 While he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them. Genesis 29:10 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. Genesis 29:11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. Genesis 29:12 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.
Laban entertaineth him.
Genesis 29:13 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. Genesis 29:14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
Genesis 29:15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? Genesis 29:16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Genesis 29:17 And Leah's eyes were tender; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
Jacob covenanteth for Rachel.
Genesis 29:18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. Genesis 29:19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me. 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 29:21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. Genesis 29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
He is deceived with Leah.
Genesis 29:23 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. Genesis 29:24 And Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid unto his daughter Leah for an handmaid. Genesis 29:25 And it came to pass in the morning that, 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? Genesis 29:26 And Laban said, It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn. Genesis 29:27 Fulfill the week of this one, and we will give thee the other also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
He marrieth also Rachel, and serveth for her seven years more.
Genesis 29:28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife. Genesis 29:29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her handmaid. 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.
Genesis 29:31 And the LORD saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Leah beareth Reuben,
Genesis 29:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Because the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.
Genesis 29:33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I am hated, he hath therefore given me this [son] also: and she called his name Simeon.
Genesis 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
Genesis 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, This time will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and she left bearing.