And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter
Laban his mother's brother
Coming with her flock towards the well, and for whom and whose flock only the shepherds might be waiting:
and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother;
wherefore out of respect to him and his, he being so nearly allied to him, it was
that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's
either with the help of the shepherds, or of himself by his own strength; which the Jewish writers F8 say amazed the shepherds, that he should do that himself, which required their united strength. The Targum of Jonathan says, he did it with one of his arms; and Jarchi, that he removed it as easily as a man takes off the lid cover of a pot:
and watered the flock of Laban his mother's
this he did partly out of respect to his relations, and partly that he might be taken notice of by Rachel.
F8 Pirke Eliezer, c. 36.