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Genesis 29 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Therefore Jacob passed forth, and came into the east land; 1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.
2 and he saw a well in the field, and three flocks of sheep resting beside it, for why (the) sheep were watered thereof, and the mouth thereof was closed with a great stone. 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 And the custom was that when all the sheep were gathered together, they should turn away the stone, and when the flocks were watered, they should put it (back) again on the mouth of the well. 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 And Jacob said to the shepherds, Brethren, of whence be ye? Which answered, Of Haran (And they answered, We come from Haran). 4 Jacob asked the shepherds, "My brothers, where are you from?" "We're from Haran," they replied.
5 And he asked them and said, Whether ye know Laban, the son of Nahor? (And) They said, We know him. 5 He said to them, "Do you know Laban, Nahor's grandson?" "Yes, we know him," they answered.
6 Jacob said, Is he whole? (Jacob asked, Is he well?) (And) They said, He is in (a) good state; and lo! Rachel, his daughter, cometh 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 And Jacob said, Yet much of the day is to come, and it is not (the) time that the flocks be led again to the folds; soothly give ye drink to the sheep, and so lead ye them again to meat (and then take ye them back to the 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 Which answered, We may not till all the sheep be gathered together, and till we remove the stone from the mouth of the well, to water the flocks (then we shall 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 Yet (while) they spake, and lo! Rachel came with the sheep of her father. 9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
10 And when Jacob saw her, and knew (her to be) the daughter of (Laban,) his mother's brother, and the sheep (to be) of Laban his uncle, he removed the stone with which the well was closed; and when the flock was watered, 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 he kissed her, and he wept with voice raised (and with his voice raised up, he wept for joy). 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.
12 And Jacob showed to her that he was the brother of her father, and the son of Rebecca; and she hasted, and told to her father. (And Jacob told her that he was her father's kinsman, and Rebecca's son; and she hastened home, and told 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 had heard, that Jacob, the son of his sister, came, he ran to meet him, and he embraced Jacob, and kissed him, and led him into his house. Forsooth when the causes of the journey were heard, 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 answered, Thou art my bone and my flesh. And after that the days of a month were filled, 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, Whether for thou art my brother, thou shalt serve me freely? say thou what meed thou shalt take. (Laban said to Jacob, Though thou art my kinsman, shalt thou serve me for nothing? Nay! say what reward thou shalt take.) 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 Forsooth Laban had two daughters, the name of the elder was Leah, soothly the younger was called Rachel; 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 but Leah was bleary-eyed, and Rachel was of fair face, and lovely in sight. (and Leah was blurry-eyed, but Rachel had a beautiful face, and was lovely to look at.) 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.
18 And Jacob loved Rachel, and (so he) said, I shall serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. 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, It is better that I give her to thee than to another man; dwell thou with me. 19 Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
20 Therefore Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and the days seemed few to him for the greatness of (his) love. 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 And (at last) he said to Laban, Give thou my wife to me, for the time is fulfilled that I enter [in] to her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."
22 And (so) when many companies of friends were called to the feast, he made [the] weddings, 22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
23 and in the eventide Laban brought in to him Leah his daughter, (but in the evening, Laban brought in his daughter Leah to Jacob, but Jacob was too drunk to know,) 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.
24 and gave an handmaid (and Laban gave his slave-girl), Zilpah by name, to his daughter. 24 And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.
25 And when Jacob had entered [in] to her (as) by custom, when the morrowtide was made, he saw Leah, and he said to his wife's father, What is it that thou wouldest do? whether I served not thee for Rachel? why hast thou deceived me? (And after Jacob had slept with his wife, as by custom, when the morning was made, he saw that it was Leah, and he said to his wife's father, What hast thou done to me? did I not serve thee for Rachel? why hast thou deceived 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 custom in our place that we give first the younger daughter to weddings; (And Laban answered, It is not the custom in our place that we give the younger daughter first in a wedding;) 26 Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
27 fulfill thou the week of days of this wedding, and I shall give to thee also this Rachel, for the work in which thou shalt serve me by other seven years. (so fulfill thou a week of days, or seven days, for this wedding, and then I shall also give thee Rachel, for the work in which thou shalt serve me for 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 assented to the covenant, and when the week was passed, he wedded Rachel, 28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
29 to whom her father had given Bilhah (for) an handmaid. (to whom her father had given his slave-girl Bilhah.) 29 Laban gave his servant girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant.
30 And at the last Jacob used the weddings desired, and set the love of the latter wife before the first; and Jacob served Laban seven other years. (And so at last Jacob had the desired wedding, and put the love of the latter wife ahead of the first wife; and Jacob served Laban for 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 Forsooth the Lord saw that Jacob despised Leah, that is, (that he) loved her less than Rachel, and (so) he opened Leah's womb, while her sister dwelled barren. 31 When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah childed a son conceived (And Leah conceived, and bare a son), and she called his name Reuben, and said, The Lord hath seen my meekness; now mine husband shall love me. 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 And again she conceived, and childed a son, and said, For the Lord saw that I was despised, he gave also this son to me (he also gave me this son); and she called his name 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 And she conceived the third time, and childed another son, and she said also (and then she said), Now mine husband shall be coupled to me, for I have childed three sons to him; and therefore she called his name 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 The fourth time she conceived, and childed a son, and said, Now I shall acknowledge to the Lord; and therefore she called his name Judah; and ceased to child. (And the fourth time she conceived, and bare a son, she said, Now I shall praise the Lord; and so she called his name Judah; and ceased to bear any more 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.