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Genesis 29

1 - Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the children of the east.
2 - He looked, and behold, a well in the field, and, behold, three flocks of sheep lying there by it. For out of that well they watered the flocks. The stone on the well's mouth was large.
3 - There all the flocks were gathered. They rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again on the well's mouth in its place.
4 - Jacob said to them, "My relatives, where are you from?"They said, "We are from Haran."
5 - He said to them, "Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor?"They said, "We know him."
6 - He said to them, "Is it well with him?"They said, "It is well. See, Rachel, his daughter, is coming with the sheep."
7 - He said, "Behold, it is still the middle of the day, not time to gather the livestock together. Water the sheep, and go and feed them."
8 - They said, "We can't, until all the flocks are gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well's mouth. Then we water the sheep."
9 - While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she kept them.
10 - When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban, his mother's brother, Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
11 - Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
12 - Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son. She ran and told her father.
13 - When Laban heard the news of Jacob, his sister's son, he ran to meet Jacob, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things.
14 - Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh." He lived with him for a month.
15 - Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what will your wages be?"
16 - Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 - Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and attractive.
18 - Jacob loved Rachel. He said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."
19 - Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me."
20 - Jacob served seven years for Rachel. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.
21 - Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her."
22 - Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 - In the evening, he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. He went in to her.
24 - Laban gave Zilpah his servant to his daughter Leah for a servant.
25 - In the morning, behold, it was Leah. He said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Didn't I serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?"
26 - Laban said, "It is not done so in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn.
27 - Fulfill the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you will serve with me yet seven other years."
28 - Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. He gave him Rachel his daughter as wife.
29 - Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah, his servant, to be her servant.
30 - He went in also to Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
31 - The LORD saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
32 - Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she named him Reuben. For she said, "Because the LORD has looked at my affliction. For now my husband will love me."
33 - She conceived again, and bore a son, and said, "Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has therefore given me this son also." She named him Simeon.
34 - She conceived again, and bore a son. Said, "Now this time will my husband be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore his name was called Levi.
35 - She conceived again, and bore a son. She said, "This time will I praise The LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
Genesis 29 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Jacob meets Rachel at the well, Jacob serves his uncle Laban for seven years in order to marry Rachel, Laban tricks Jacob and gives him Leah first and then Rachel, Jacob agrees to serve for another seven years, Leah bears Jacob four sons: Ruben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah.

1 Jacob comes to the well of Haran
9 Jacob meets Rachel
13 Jacob is entertained by Laban
18 He covenants for Rachel
23 Jacob is deceived with Leah
28 Jacob marries Rachel also, and serves for her seven years more
32 Leah bears Reuben
33 Simeon
34 Levi
35 and Judah

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Ancient Customs
Well stones
Roll the stone from the well's mouth
Names Significance
Flocks of Sheep
High day
Men Kissing
Marrying relatives
Weak eyed
Brides Bought
Marriage Feast
The Eldest Marries First
Praise the LORD

The land of the people of the east.

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Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
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Jacob and the 12 Tribes
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