Jacob Arrives In Paddan Aram
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1Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of
the eastern peoples.
2There 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.
3When 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
4Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”
“We’re from Harran,” they replied.
5He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”
“Yes, we know him,” they answered.
6Then 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
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.”
9While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd.
10When 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.
11Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.
12He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a
son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
13As 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
14Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”
Jacob followed his parents
advice and reached