Then Laban said to him, "You are my own flesh and blood."1 After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
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Laban said to him, "Just because you are a relative2 of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages3 should be."
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Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah,4 and the name of the younger was Rachel.5
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Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel6 had a lovely figure and was beautiful.7
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Jacob was in love with Rachel8 and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."9
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Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel,10 but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.11
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Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.12"
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So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.13
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But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah14 and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.
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And Laban gave his servant Zilpah15 to his daughter as her attendant.16
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When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me?17 I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?18"
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Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.19
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Finish this daughter's bridal week;20 then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.21"
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And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.22
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Laban gave his servant Bilhah23 to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.24
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Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.25 And he worked for Laban another seven years.26
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