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Genesis 29 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jacob continued on his way and went toward the land of the East. 1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.
2 Suddenly he came upon a well out in the fields with three flocks of sheep lying around it. The flocks were watered from this well, which had a large stone over the opening. 2 There he saw a well in the field, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large.
3 Whenever all the flocks came together there, the shepherds would roll the stone back and water them. Then they would put the stone back in place. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well's mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob asked the shepherds, "My friends, where are you from?" "From Haran," they answered. 4 Jacob asked the shepherds, "My brothers, where are you from?" "We're from Haran," they replied.
5 He asked, "Do you know Laban, grandson of Nahor?" "Yes, we do," they answered. 5 He said to them, "Do you know Laban, Nahor's grandson?" "Yes, we know him," they answered.
6 "Is he well?" he asked. "He is well," they answered. "Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with his flock." 6 Then Jacob asked them, "Is he well?" "Yes, he is," they said, "and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep."
7 Jacob said, "Since it is still broad daylight and not yet time to bring the flocks in, why don't you water them and take them back to pasture?" 7 "Look," he said, "the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture."
8 They answered, "We can't do that until all the flocks are here and the stone has been rolled back; then we will water the flocks." 8 "We can't," they replied, "until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep."
9 While Jacob was still talking with them, Rachel arrived with the flock. 9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
10 When Jacob saw Rachel with his uncle Laban's flock, he went to the well, rolled the stone back, and watered the sheep. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, and Laban's sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle's sheep.
11 Then he kissed her and began to cry for joy. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.
12 He told her, "I am your father's relative, the son of Rebecca." She ran to tell her father; 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
13 and when he heard the news about his nephew Jacob, he ran to meet him, hugged him and kissed him, and brought him into the house. When Jacob told Laban everything that had happened, 13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.
14 Laban said, "Yes, indeed, you are my own flesh and blood." Jacob stayed there a whole month. 14 Then Laban said to him, "You are my own flesh and blood." After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
15 Laban said to Jacob, "You shouldn't work for me for nothing just because you are my relative. How much pay do you want?" 15 Laban said to him, "Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be."
16 Laban had two daughters; the older was named Leah, and the younger Rachel. 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah had lovely eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.
18 Jacob was in love with Rachel, so he said, "I will work seven years for you, if you will let me marry Rachel." 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."
19 Laban answered, "I would rather give her to you than to anyone else; stay here with me." 19 Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
20 Jacob worked seven years so that he could have Rachel, and the time seemed like only a few days to him, because he loved her. 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "The time is up; let me marry your daughter." 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."
22 So Laban gave a wedding feast and invited everyone. 22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
23 But that night, instead of Rachel, he took Leah to Jacob, and Jacob had intercourse with her 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.
24 (Laban gave his slave woman Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her maid.) 24 And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.
25 Not until the next morning did Jacob discover that it was Leah. He went to Laban and said, "Why did you do this to me? I worked to get Rachel. Why have you tricked me?" 25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"
26 Laban answered, "It is not the custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older. 26 Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
27 Wait until the week's marriage celebrations are over, and I will give you Rachel, if you will work for me another seven years." 27 Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."
28 Jacob agreed, and when the week of marriage celebrations was over, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife 28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
29 (Laban gave his slave woman Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.) 29 Laban gave his servant girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant.
30 Jacob had intercourse with Rachel also, and he loved her more than Leah. Then he worked for Laban another seven years. 30 Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was loved less than Rachel, he made it possible for her to have children, but Rachel remained childless. 31 When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She said, "The Lord has seen my trouble, and now my husband will love me"; so she named him Reuben. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now."
33 She became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She said, "The Lord has given me this son also, because he heard that I was not loved"; so she named him Simeon. 33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon.
34 Once again she became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She said, "Now my husband will be bound more tightly to me, because I have borne him three sons"; so she named him Levi. 34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." So he was named Levi.
35 Then she became pregnant again and gave birth to another son. She said, "This time I will praise the Lord"; so she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. 35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.