Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east.
He saw in the distance three flocks of sheep lying in an open field beside a well, waiting to be watered. But a heavy stone covered the mouth of the well.
It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone. After watering them, the stone would be rolled back over the mouth of the well.
Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked them, "Where do you live?""At Haran," they said.
"Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?""Yes, we do," they replied.
"How is he?" Jacob asked."He's well and prosperous. Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)