The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 29:1–14

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Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the children of the east.

And Jacob started and went to the land of the east to Laban, the son of Bathuel the Syrian, and the brother of Rebecca, mother of Jacob and Esau.

And so Jacob, setting out, arrived in the eastern land.

And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, three flocks of sheep lying there by it.--For out of that well they watered the flocks. And the stone upon the well's mouth was great.

And he looks, and behold! a well in the plain; and there were there three flocks of sheep resting at it, for out of that well they watered the flocks, but there was a great stone at the mouth of the well.

And he saw a well in a field, and also three flocks of sheep reclining near it. For the animals were watered from it, and its mouth was closed with a great stone.

And thither were all the flocks gathered; and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone back upon the well's mouth in its place.--

And there were all the flocks gathered, and they used to roll away the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the flocks, and set the stone again in its place on the mouth of the well.

And the custom was, when all the sheep were gathered together, to roll away the stone. And when the flocks had been refreshed, they placed it over the mouth of the well again.

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And Jacob said unto them: 'My brethren, whence are ye?' And they said: 'Of Haran are we.'

And he said to the shepherds, “Brothers, where are you from?” And they answered. “From Haran.”

And he said unto them: 'Know ye Laban the son of Nahor?' And they said: 'We know him.'

And questioning them, he said, “Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.”

And he said unto them: 'Is it well with him?' And they said: 'It is well; and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.'

He said, “Is he well?” “He is very well,” they said. “And behold, his daughter Rachel approaches with his flock.”

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And he said: 'Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together; water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.'

And Jacob said, it is yet high day, it is not yet time that the flocks be gathered together; water ye the flocks, and depart and feed them.

And Jacob said, “There is still much daylight remaining, and it is not time to return the flocks to the sheepfold. Give the sheep to drink first, and then lead them back to pasture.”

And they said: 'We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.'

And they said, We shall not be able, until all the shepherds be gathered together, and they shall roll away the stone from the mouth of the well, then we will water the flocks.

They responded, “We cannot, until all the animals are gathered together and we remove the stone from the mouth of the well, so that we may water the flocks.”

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While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she tended them.

They were still speaking, and behold, Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep; for she pastured the flock.

gland while he was still conversing with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she was a shepherdess.

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10  And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.

10  When Jacob had seen her, and he realized that she was his maternal first cousin, and that these were the sheep of his uncle Laban, he removed the stone which closed the well.

11  And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

11  And having watered the flock, he kissed her. And lifting up his voice, he wept.

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12  And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father.

12  And he told Rachel that he was the near relative of her father, and the son of Rebecca; and she ran and reported to her father according to these words.

12  And he revealed to her that he was a brother of her father, and the son of Rebekah. And so, hurrying, she announced it to her father.

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13  And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.

13  And when he had heard that Jacob, his sister’s son, had arrived, he ran to meet him. And embracing him, and kissing him heartily, he brought him into his house. But when he had heard the reasons for his journey,

14  And Laban said to him: 'Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.' And he abode with him the space of a month.

14  he responded, “You are my bone and my flesh.” And after the days of one month were completed,