29 1 וַיִּשָּׂ֥א יַעֲקֹ֖ב רַגְלָ֑יו וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ אַ֥רְצָה בְנֵי ־ קֶֽדֶם ׃ 2 וַיַּ֞רְא וְהִנֵּ֧ה בְאֵ֣ר בַּשָּׂדֶ֗ה וְהִנֵּה ־ שָׁ֞ם שְׁלֹשָׁ֤ה עֶדְרֵי ־ צֹאן֙ רֹבְצִ֣ים עָלֶ֔יהָ כִּ֚י מִן ־ הַבְּאֵ֣ר הַהִ֔וא יַשְׁק֖וּ הָעֲדָרִ֑ים וְהָאֶ֥בֶן גְּדֹלָ֖ה עַל ־ פִּ֥י הַבְּאֵֽר ׃ 3 וְנֶאֶסְפוּ ־ שָׁ֣מָּה כָל ־ הָעֲדָרִ֗ים וְגָלֲל֤וּ אֶת ־ הָאֶ֙בֶן֙ מֵעַל֙ פִּ֣י הַבְּאֵ֔ר וְהִשְׁק֖וּ אֶת ־ הַצֹּ֑אן וְהֵשִׁ֧יבוּ אֶת ־ הָאֶ֛בֶן עַל ־ פִּ֥י הַבְּאֵ֖ר לִמְקֹמָֽהּ ׃ 4 וַיֹּ֤אמֶר לָהֶם֙ יַעֲקֹ֔ב אַחַ֖י מֵאַ֣יִן אַתֶּ֑ם וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ מֵחָרָ֖ן אֲנָֽחְנוּ ׃ 5 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר לָהֶ֔ם הַיְדַעְתֶּ֖ם אֶת ־ לָבָ֣ן בֶּן ־ נָח֑וֹר וַיֹּאמְר֖וּ יָדָֽעְנוּ ׃ 6 וַיֹּ֥אמֶר לָהֶ֖ם הֲשָׁל֣וֹם ל֑וֹ וַיֹּאמְר֣וּ שָׁל֔וֹם וְהִנֵּה֙ רָחֵ֣ל בִּתּ֔וֹ בָּאָ֖ה עִם ־ הַצֹּֽאן ׃ 7 וַיֹּ֗אמֶר הֵ֥ן עוֹד֙ הַיּ֣וֹם גָּד֔וֹל לֹא ־ עֵ֖ת הֵאָסֵ֣ף הַמִּקְנֶ֑ה הַשְׁק֥וּ הַצֹּ֖אן וּלְכ֥וּ רְעֽוּ ׃ 8 וַיֹּאמְרוּ֮ לֹ֣א נוּכַל֒ עַ֣ד אֲשֶׁ֤ר יֵאָֽסְפוּ֙ כָּל ־ הָ֣עֲדָרִ֔ים וְגָֽלֲלוּ֙ אֶת ־ הָאֶ֔בֶן מֵעַ֖ל פִּ֣י הַבְּאֵ֑ר וְהִשְׁקִ֖ינוּ הַצֹּֽאן ׃ 9 עוֹדֶ֖נּוּ מְדַבֵּ֣ר עִמָּ֑ם וְרָחֵ֣ל ׀ בָּ֗אָה עִם ־ הַצֹּאן֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לְאָבִ֔יהָ כִּ֥י רֹעָ֖ה הִֽוא ׃ 10 וַיְהִ֡י כַּאֲשֶׁר֩ רָאָ֨ה יַעֲקֹ֜ב אֶת ־ רָחֵ֗ל בַּת ־ לָבָן֙ אֲחִ֣י אִמּ֔וֹ וְאֶת ־ צֹ֥אן לָבָ֖ן אֲחִ֣י אִמּ֑וֹ וַיִּגַּ֣שׁ יַעֲקֹ֗ב וַיָּ֤גֶל אֶת ־ הָאֶ֙בֶן֙ מֵעַל֙ פִּ֣י הַבְּאֵ֔ר וַיַּ֕שְׁקְ אֶת ־ צֹ֥אן לָבָ֖ן אֲחִ֥י אִמּֽוֹ ׃ 11 וַיִּשַּׁ֥ק יַעֲקֹ֖ב לְרָחֵ֑ל וַיִּשָּׂ֥א אֶת ־ קֹל֖וֹ וַיֵּֽבְךְּ ׃ 12 וַיַּגֵּ֨ד יַעֲקֹ֜ב לְרָחֵ֗ל כִּ֣י אֲחִ֤י אָבִ֙יהָ֙ ה֔וּא וְכִ֥י בֶן ־ רִבְקָ֖ה ה֑וּא וַתָּ֖רָץ וַתַּגֵּ֥ד לְאָבִֽיהָ ׃ 13 וַיְהִי֩ כִשְׁמֹ֨עַ לָבָ֜ן אֶת ־ שֵׁ֣מַע ׀ יַעֲקֹ֣ב בֶּן ־ אֲחֹת֗וֹ וַיָּ֤רָץ לִקְרָאתוֹ֙ וַיְחַבֶּק ־ לוֹ֙ וַיְנַשֶּׁק ־ ל֔וֹ וַיְבִיאֵ֖הוּ אֶל ־ בֵּית֑וֹ וַיְסַפֵּ֣ר לְלָבָ֔ן אֵ֥ת כָּל ־ הַדְּבָרִ֖ים הָאֵֽלֶּה ׃ 14 וַיֹּ֤אמֶר לוֹ֙ לָבָ֔ן אַ֛ךְ עַצְמִ֥י וּבְשָׂרִ֖י אָ֑תָּה וַיֵּ֥שֶׁב עִמּ֖וֹ חֹ֥דֶשׁ יָמִֽים ׃ 15 וַיֹּ֤אמֶר לָבָן֙ לְיַעֲקֹ֔ב הֲכִי ־ אָחִ֣י אַ֔תָּה וַעֲבַדְתַּ֖נִי חִנָּ֑ם הַגִּ֥ידָה לִּ֖י מַה ־ מַּשְׂכֻּרְתֶּֽךָ ׃ 16 וּלְלָבָ֖ן שְׁתֵּ֣י בָנ֑וֹת שֵׁ֤ם הַגְּדֹלָה֙ לֵאָ֔ה וְשֵׁ֥ם הַקְּטַנָּ֖ה רָחֵֽל ׃ 17 וְעֵינֵ֥י לֵאָ֖ה רַכּ֑וֹת וְרָחֵל֙ הָֽיְתָ֔ה יְפַת ־ תֹּ֖אַר וִיפַ֥ת מַרְאֶֽה ׃ 18 וַיֶּאֱהַ֥ב יַעֲקֹ֖ב אֶת ־ רָחֵ֑ל וַיֹּ֗אמֶר אֶֽעֱבָדְךָ֙ שֶׁ֣בַע שָׁנִ֔ים בְּרָחֵ֥ל בִּתְּךָ֖ הַקְּטַנָּֽה ׃ 19 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר לָבָ֗ן ט֚וֹב 1 תִּתִּ֣י אֹתָ֣הּ לָ֔ךְ מִתִּתִּ֥י אֹתָ֖הּ לְאִ֣ישׁ אַחֵ֑ר שְׁבָ֖ה עִמָּדִֽי ׃ 20 וַיַּעֲבֹ֧ד יַעֲקֹ֛ב בְּרָחֵ֖ל שֶׁ֣בַע שָׁנִ֑ים וַיִּהְי֤וּ בְעֵינָיו֙ כְּיָמִ֣ים אֲחָדִ֔ים בְּאַהֲבָת֖וֹ אֹתָֽהּ ׃ 21 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יַעֲקֹ֤ב אֶל ־ לָבָן֙ הָבָ֣ה אֶת ־ אִשְׁתִּ֔י כִּ֥י מָלְא֖וּ יָמָ֑י וְאָב֖וֹאָה אֵלֶֽיהָ ׃ 22 וַיֶּאֱסֹ֥ף לָבָ֛ן אֶת ־ כָּל ־ אַנְשֵׁ֥י הַמָּק֖וֹם וַיַּ֥עַשׂ מִשְׁתֶּֽה ׃ 23 וַיְהִ֣י בָעֶ֔רֶב וַיִּקַּח֙ אֶת ־ לֵאָ֣ה בִתּ֔וֹ וַיָּבֵ֥א אֹתָ֖הּ אֵלָ֑יו וַיָּבֹ֖א אֵלֶֽיהָ ׃ 24 וַיִּתֵּ֤ן לָבָן֙ לָ֔הּ אֶת ־ זִלְפָּ֖ה שִׁפְחָת֑וֹ לְלֵאָ֥ה בִתּ֖וֹ שִׁפְחָֽה ׃ 25 וַיְהִ֣י בַבֹּ֔קֶר וְהִנֵּה ־ הִ֖וא לֵאָ֑ה וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֶל ־ לָבָ֗ן מַה ־ זֹּאת֙ עָשִׂ֣יתָ לִּ֔י הֲלֹ֤א בְרָחֵל֙ עָבַ֣דְתִּי עִמָּ֔ךְ וְלָ֖מָּה רִמִּיתָֽנִי ׃ 26 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר לָבָ֔ן לֹא ־ יֵעָשֶׂ֥ה כֵ֖ן בִּמְקוֹמֵ֑נוּ לָתֵ֥ת הַצְּעִירָ֖ה לִפְנֵ֥י הַבְּכִירָֽה ׃ 27 מַלֵּ֖א שְׁבֻ֣עַ זֹ֑את וְנִתְּנָ֨ה לְךָ֜ גַּם ־ אֶת ־ זֹ֗את בַּעֲבֹדָה֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר תַּעֲבֹ֣ד עִמָּדִ֔י ע֖וֹד שֶֽׁבַע ־ שָׁנִ֥ים אֲחֵרֽוֹת ׃ 28 וַיַּ֤עַשׂ יַעֲקֹב֙ כֵּ֔ן וַיְמַלֵּ֖א שְׁבֻ֣עַ זֹ֑את וַיִּתֶּן ־ ל֛וֹ אֶת ־ רָחֵ֥ל בִּתּ֖וֹ ל֥וֹ לְאִשָּֽׁה ׃ 29 וַיִּתֵּ֤ן לָבָן֙ לְרָחֵ֣ל בִּתּ֔וֹ אֶת ־ בִּלְהָ֖ה שִׁפְחָת֑וֹ לָ֖הּ לְשִׁפְחָֽה ׃ 30 וַיָּבֹא֙ גַּ֣ם אֶל ־ רָחֵ֔ל וַיֶּאֱהַ֥ב גַּֽם ־ אֶת ־ רָחֵ֖ל מִלֵּאָ֑ה וַיַּעֲבֹ֣ד עִמּ֔וֹ ע֖וֹד שֶֽׁבַע ־ שָׁנִ֥ים אֲחֵרֽוֹת ׃
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel 29 1 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to k the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, 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, 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 over the mouth of the well. 4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, l “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; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” 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.” 9 While he was still speaking with them, m Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was n her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son, o and she ran and told her father. 13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, o he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and Laban said to him, p “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month. 15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, 1 but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, q “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob q served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and r made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave 1 s his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 t Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 (Laban gave u his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban v for another seven years.
Jacob gets married Introduction He is faithful to his promise to bless. He is clearly 'with' Jacob, and by the end of our chapter he has a home, a job, and a family. Trickery sets the scene for Jacob having sons from 4 women. Laban: the next Russian doll in the Jacob story. 1.God is with Jacob on his journey, v1-14 v7-8 why this detail? And Jacob rolling the stone? Jacob's strength to move stone. Might be miraculous empowering. Or an all-out effort which the shepherds weren't interested in making if it wasn't necessary. I.e., they had a working collaborative set up which meant they could conserve energy. He is clearly 'with' Jacob; hence his safety, and his success with the stone and with finding Laban She was a shepherdess v11-14 de ja vu for Laban? Application direction: trusting the promise that God is 'with' us and will never leave us or forsake us. 2. Jacob the trickster is tricked, v15-30 v17 significance of 'the eyes' Jacob's love for Rachel. 7 years, just like that, pass in the narrative. There are instances of this all over the Bible. Normal life is normal life. Allusion to Eden (and, hence, deception); Laban 'took' and 'brought her to Jacob', and he went in to her. v23 don't get hung up on the details of how he didn't know. Shows our cultural blindness. Why doesn't Leah speak up? This is just what happened to Isaac, who thought he was getting Esau. He who digs a pit will fall into it. v25 why have you deceived me, says the deceiver. 'What is this you have done?' cf Eden, or Cain and Abel, or Abimelech with Abraham, etc. And in all of this, Leah is shamed. The one not wanted, the awful position of a wife in the number 2 spot. Glory of God : He is faithful to his promise to bless. He is clearly 'with' Jacob; hence his safety, and his success with the stone and with finding Laban. He has a home, wife(s), job, security for now. FCF : From Eden onwards, trickery and deceit; Satan-Eve-Adam. Laban scams Jacob, as Jacob himself had tricked his family. Fear of man; I must trick you into getting what I want from you because I fear that you won't otherwise give it to me. Compulsive, and by choice. A world built around trickery is built on the premise; there's always a greater fool. And ultimately everyone deceived by satan. Who is self-deceived and his doom is sure. Irreligious . In business affairs, in relationships. Etc. Religious . Fear of man in how we relate to community. Trojan horses - tears; anger; cynicism and criticism. Person of Jesus . Straightforwardness. A giver, not a grasper. Jacob's greater Son. Work of Jesus . He was tricked, betrayed, deceived. Completely exposed at the cross - what our fear of man rests upon; that others can utterly expose and humiliate us. He endured the cross, despising its shame. Secured in his vindicated new life favour and love for us from the Father forevermore. We need have no fears since Jesus knows our every need; we can give and love freely without fear of others, since Jesus holds us and will never leave us. Union with Jesus . Life by faith - filters into our relationships. In him I am learning to put aside the fear of man and learn the fear of the LORD. Repentance . Of decoying others. Faith . I am loved as I am and Jesus will never leave me, and he is for me not against me. Wrap-up Trickery sets the scene for Jacob having sons from 4 women. Jacob will learn the fear of the LORD, and God is patient with him. God continues to be faithful to bless