Genesis 29:1-19  

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.


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