Jacob Marries Leah And
After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
15Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine,
should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages
16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was
Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was
18Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
19Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.”
20So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed
like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is
22So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
23But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and
brought her to Jacob,
24And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her
25When 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?”
26Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger
daughter in marriage before the older one.
27Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the
younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”
28And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then
Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
29Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her
30and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.
And he worked for Laban another seven years.