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Book of Genesis  Chapter 29

Jacob and Laban

GENESIS 29:1  Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people  of the east.

GENESIS 29:2  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.

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 his 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 he well? And they said, He 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 till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water  the sheep.

GENESIS 29:9  And 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.

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  Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

GENESIS 29:18  And Jacob loved Rachel; and 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.

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 unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an  handmaid.

GENESIS 29:25  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?

GENESIS 29:26  And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the  younger before the firstborn.

GENESIS 29:27  Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service  which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

GENESIS 29:28  And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his  daughter to wife also.

GENESIS 29:29  And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her  maid.

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 when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but  Rachel was barren.

GENESIS 29:32  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.

GENESIS 29:33  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD  hath heard I was 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 born him three sons:  therefore was his name called Levi.

GENESIS 29:35  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.

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