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Genesis 29:27

27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

Read Genesis 29:27 Using Other Translations

Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years."
“But wait until the bridal week is over; then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.”

What does Genesis 29:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 29:27

Fulfil her week
Not Rachel's week, or a week of years of servitude for her, but Leah's week, or the week of seven days of feasting for her marriage; for a marriage feast used to be kept seven days, according to the Jewish writers F20, and as it seems from ( Judges 14:17 ) ; and the Targum of Jerusalem fully expresses this sense,

``fulfil the week of the days of the feast of Leah;''

and to the same sense the Targum of Jonathan, Aben Ezra and Jarchi:

and we will give this also;
meaning Rachel that stood by; and the sense is, that he and his wife, if he had any, or his friends about him, would give to Jacob Rachel also to be his wife, upon the following condition:

for the service which thou shall serve with me yet seven other years;
which shows the avaricious temper of the man.


F20 T. Hieros. Moed Katon, fol. 80. 4. Pirke Eliezer, c. 16, 36.
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