Loved Rachel (vs 1-19)
Jacob went on his journey and came into the land of the people of the east. He saw a well in the field and there were three flocks of sheep lying by it. Out of that well they watered the flocks, and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth. There all the flocks gathered, and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the sheep and put the stone on the well’s mouth again.
Jacob: My brethren, where are you from?
The shepherds: We are of Haran.
Jacob: Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?
Shepherds: We know him.
Jacob: Is he well?
Shepherds: He is well, and Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep.
Jacob: It is still high day; it is not the time that the cattle should be gathered together. Water the sheep and go and feed them.
Shepherds: 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.
While he spoke with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep: for she kept them.
When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.
Jacob kissed Rachel and lifted up his voice and wept.
Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother and that he was Rebekah’s son. And Rachel ran and told her father.
When Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and took him to his house. And Jacob told Laban all these things.
Laban: Surely you are my bone and my flesh.
And Jacob lived with him for a month.
Laban (to Jacob): Should you serve me for nothing because you are my brother? Tell me, what shall be your wages?
Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
Leah had tender eyes; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.
Jacob loved Rachel.
Jacob (to Laban): I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.
Laban: It is better that I give her to you than to another man. Stay with me.
Deceived by Laban (vs 20-30)
Jacob served Laban seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Jacob (to Laban): Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my days are fulfilled.
Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast.
In the evening, Laban took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob. And Jacob went in to her.
In the morning, Jacob realized it was Leah.
Jacob (to Laban): What is this you have done to me? Didn’t I serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?
We reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7). Jacob sowed deceit when he deceived Isaac his father. Now he is reaping deceit. We will see Jacob being deceived again in Genesis 37. We reap what we sow, and we reap more than we sow.
Laban: To give the younger in marriage before the firstborn, this must not be done in our country. Fulfill her week, and we will give you Rachel also for the service which you shall serve with me yet another seven years.
And Jacob did so; he fulfilled Leah’s week. And Laban gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
And Jacob went in to Rachel also.
Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban another seven years.
And Laban gave Zilpah his maid to his daughter Leah for a handmaid.
And Laban gave Bilhah his handmaid to Rachel his daughter to be her maid.
Children (vs 31-35)
We will look at these verses with Chapter 30, which lists more of Jacob’s children.