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katapi HOME Genesis 29:15-30 - JACOB serves Laban for Rachel and Leah.  Gn.29.15-30

29 15 Laban said to Jacob, 'Why should you work for me for nothing simply because you are my kinsman? Tell me what your wages ought to be.' 29 16 Now Laban had two daughters: the elder was called Leah, and the younger Rachel. 29 17 Leah was dull-eyed, but Rachel was graceful and beautiful. 29 18 Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel and he said, 'I will work seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.' 29 19 Laban replied, 'It is better that I should give her to you than to anyone else; stay with me.' 29 20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like a few days because he loved her.

29 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, 'I have served my time. Give me my wife so that we may sleep together.' 29 22 So Laban gathered all the men of the place together and gave a feast. 29 23 In the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob slept with her. 29 24 At the same time Laban gave his slave-girl Zilpah to his daughter Leah. 29 25 But when morning came, Jacob saw that it was Leah and said to Laban, 'What have you done to me? Did I not work for Rachel? Why have you deceived me?' 29 26 Laban answered, 'In our country it is not right to give the younger sister in marriage before the elder. 29 27 Go through with the seven days' feast for the elder, and the younger shall be given you in return for a further seven years' work.' 29 28 Jacob agreed, and completed the seven days for Leah. 29 29 Then Laban gave Jacob his daughter Rachel as wife; and he gave his slave-girl Bilhah to serve his daughter Rachel. 29 30 Jacob slept with Rachel also; he loved her rather than Leah, and he worked for Laban for a further seven years.


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