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29 1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. 29 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and lo, three flocks of sheep lying beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, 29 3 and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place upon the mouth of the well.

29 4 Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where do you come from?" They said, "We are from Haran." 29 5 He said to them, "Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?" They said, "We know him." 29 6 He said to them, "Is it well with him?" They said, "It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!" 29 7 He said, "Behold, it is still high day, it is not time for the animals to be gathered together; water the sheep, and go, pasture them." 29 8 But they said, "We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep."

29 9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them. 29 10 Now 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 well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 29 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. 29 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father.

29 13 When Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 29 14 and Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh!" And he stayed with him a month.


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