Genesis 29:26

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.

Genesis 29:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
ESV
26 Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
NLT
26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied.
MSG
26 "We don't do it that way in our country," said Laban. "We don't marry off the younger daughter before the older.
CSB
26 Laban answered, "It is not the custom in this place to give the younger [daughter in marriage] before the firstborn.

Genesis 29:26 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 29:26

And Laban said, it must not be so done in, our country
Or "in our place" F19; in this our city it is not usual and customary to do so; he does not deny what he had done in beguiling him, nor the agreement he had made with him, but pleads the custom of the place as contrary to it:

to give the younger,
that is, in marriage,

before the firstborn;
but it does not appear there was any such custom, and it was a mere evasion; or otherwise, why did not he inform him of this when he asked for Rachel? and why did he enter into a contract with him, contrary to such a known custom? and besides; how could he have the nerve to call the men of the city, and make a feast for the marriage of his younger daughter, if this was the case?


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (wnmwqmb) "in loco nostro", Pagninus, Montanus, &c

Genesis 29:26 In-Context

24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
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 replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
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 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Judges 15:2; 1 Samuel 14:49; 1 Samuel 18:17,20; 2 Samuel 6:23