Genesis 29:1-13

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.
2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large.
3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied.
5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?” “Yes, we know him,” they answered.
6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?” “Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”
7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”
8 “We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”
9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd.
10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep.
11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.
12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.

Genesis 29:1-13 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter informs us of Jacob's coming to a well near Haran, where meeting with some shepherds he inquires after Laban, Ge 29:1-8; and there also with Rachel his daughter, the shepherds made known to him, and acquainted her who he was, Ge 29:9-12; upon which she ran to her father, and told him who was at the well, who went forth and brought him to his house, and kindly entertained him, Ge 29:13,14; with whom he agreed to stay and serve seven years for Rachel his daughter, Ge 29:15-20; at the end of which Jacob demands his wife, but instead of Rachel, Leah was brought to him as his wife, Ge 29:21-25; which being discovered, and complained of, it was proposed he should have Rachel also, provided he would serve yet seven years more, to which he agreed, Ge 29:26-30; and the chapter is concluded with an account of four sons being born to Jacob of Leah, Ge 29:31-35.

Cross References 24

  • 1. S Genesis 25:6; Judges 6:3,33
  • 2. S Genesis 24:11
  • 3. ver 3,8,10
  • 4. S ver 2
  • 5. ver 8
  • 6. Genesis 42:7; Judges 19:17
  • 7. S Genesis 11:31; Genesis 28:10
  • 8. S Genesis 11:29
  • 9. Genesis 30:22-24; Genesis 35:16; Genesis 46:19,22
  • 10. Exodus 2:16
  • 11. S ver 2
  • 12. S Genesis 24:13
  • 13. Exodus 2:16
  • 14. ver 16
  • 15. S ver 2
  • 16. S Genesis 24:11
  • 17. ver 3; Exodus 2:17
  • 18. ver 13
  • 19. Genesis 33:4; Genesis 42:24; Genesis 43:30; Genesis 45:2,14-15; Genesis 46:29; Genesis 50:1,17; Ruth 1:9
  • 20. ver 15; Genesis 13:8; Genesis 14:14,16
  • 21. S Genesis 24:29
  • 22. Genesis 24:28
  • 23. S Genesis 24:29
  • 24. Genesis 33:4; Genesis 45:14-15,14; Genesis 48:10; Exodus 4:27; Exodus 18:7; Luke 15:20
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