When Laban heard the news about his sister's son Jacob, he ran to meet him, hugged him, and kissed him. Then he took him to his house, and Jacob told him all that had happened.
Laban said to him, "Yes, you are my own flesh and blood."a After Jacob had stayed with him a month,
Laban said to him, "Just because you're my relative, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be."
Now Laban had two daughters: the older was named Leah, and the younger was named Rachel.
Leah had delicateb eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful.
Jacob loved Rachel, so he answered Laban, "I'll work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."
Laban replied, "Better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay with me."
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time is completed. I want to sleep withc her."
So Laban invited all the men of the place to a feast.
That evening, Laban took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and he slept with her.
And Laban gave his slave Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her slave.
When morning came, there was Leah! So he said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Wasn't it for Rachel that I worked for you? Why have you deceived me?"
Laban answered, "It is not the custom in this place to give the younger [daughter in marriage] before the firstborn.
Complete this week [of wedding celebration], and we will also give you this [younger] one in return for working yet another seven years for me."
And Jacob did just that. He finished the week [of celebration], and Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.
And Laban gave his slave Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her slave.
Jacob slept with Rachel also, and indeed, he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.