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Genesis 29:20

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.

Read Genesis 29:20 Using Other Translations

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

What does Genesis 29:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 29:20

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel
The whole term of time, diligently, faithfully, and patiently. Reference is had to this in ( Hosea 11:12 ) :

and they seemed unto him [but] a few days, for the love he had to her;
for though to lovers time seems long ere they enjoy the object beloved; yet Jacob here respects not so much the time as the toil and labour of service he endured in it; he thought that seven years' service was a trifle, like the service of so many days, in comparison of the lovely and worthy person he obtained thereby; all that he endured was nothing in comparison of her, and through the love he bore to her: besides, the many pleasant hours he spent in conversation with her made the time slide on insensibly, so that it seemed to be quickly gone; which shows that his love was pure and constant.

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