The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 29:15–30

M G Sam
V
S

15  And Laban said unto Jacob: 'Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?'

15  he said to him: “Though you are my brother, will you serve me for nothing? Tell me what wages you would accept.”

15  And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore work for me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?

M G S Sam
V

16  Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

16  In truth, he had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah; and truly the younger was called Rachel.

M S Sam G
V

17  And Leah's eyes were weak; but Rachel was of beautiful form and fair to look upon.

17  But while Leah was bleary-eyed, Rachel had an elegant appearance and was attractive to behold.

M G S Sam
V

18  And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said: 'I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.'

18  And Jacob, loving her, said, “I will serve you for seven years, for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19  And Laban said: 'It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man; abide with me.'

19  Laban responded, “It is better that I give her to you than to another man; remain with me.”

20  And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

20  Therefore, Jacob served for seven years for Rachel. And these seemed like only a few days, because of the greatness of love.

21  And Jacob said unto Laban: 'Give me my wife, for my days are filled, that I may go in unto her.'

21  And he said to Laban, “Give my wife to me. For now the time has been fulfilled, so that I may go in to her.”

22  And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

22  And he, having called a great crowd of his friends to the feast, agreed to the marriage.

M S Sam
G
V

23  And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

23  And it was even, and he took his daughter Lea, and brought her in to Jacob, and Jacob went in to her.

23  And at night, he brought in his daughter Leah to him,

M G S Sam
V

24  And Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid unto his daughter Leah for a handmaid.

24  giving his daughter a handmaid named Zilpah. After Jacob had gone in to her, according to custom, when morning had arrived, he saw Leah.

M S Sam
G
V

25  And it came to pass in the morning that, behold, it was Leah; and he said to Laban: 'What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?'

25  And it was morning, and behold it was Lea; and Jacob said to Laban, What is this that thou hast done to me? did I not serve thee for Rachel? and wherefore hast thou deceived me?

25  And he said to his father-in-law, “What is it that you intended to do? Did I not serve you for Rachel? Why have you deceived me?”

M Sam G
V
S

26  And Laban said: 'It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born.

26  Laban responded, “It is not the practice in this place to give the younger in marriage first.

26  Then Laban said to Jacob, It is not so done in our country, to give the younger in marriage before the elder.

M Sam G
V

27  Fulfil the week of this one, and we will give thee the other also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.'

27  Complete a week of days with this mating. And then I will give this one to you also, for the service that you will provide to me for another seven years.”

M G S Sam
V

28  And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week; and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife.

28  He agreed to his pleading. And after the week had passed, he took Rachel as a wife.

29  And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her handmaid.

29  To her, the father had given Bilhah as her servant.

30  And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

30  And, having at last obtained the marriage he desired, he preferred the love of the latter before the former, and he served with him another seven years.