1 So Jacob lifted his feet and came into the land of the sons of the East.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field; and behold, there were three flocks of
sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks. And a large stone was on the
3 And all the flocks would be gathered there; and they would roll the stone from the well's
mouth, water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the well's mouth.
4 And Jacob said to them, My brethren, where are you from? And they said, We are from
5 And he said to them, Do you know Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know
6 And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well. And behold, his daughter
Rachel is coming with the sheep.
7 And he said, Behold, it is still high day; it is not the time for cattle to be gathered
together. Water the sheep, and go and feed them.
8 But they said, We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they have rolled
the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
9 And while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for
she was tending them.
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.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept.
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's relative and that he was Rebekah's son.
So she ran and told her father.
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the report about Jacob his sister's son, that he
ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. So he
told Laban all these things.
14 And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he stayed with him
a month of days.
15 And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me
for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?
16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the
younger was Rachel.
17 Leah's eyes were delicate, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a beautiful
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another
man. Stay with me.
20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they were only a day in his eyes because
of the love he had for her.
21 And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my days have
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter and brought her to
him; and he went in to her.
24 And Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maidservant.
25 And it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban,
What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have
you deceived me?
26 And Laban said, It is not done so in our country, to give the younger before the
27 Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve
with me yet another seven years.
28 And Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife
29 And Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as a maidservant.
30 And Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he
served with him yet another seven years.
31 When Jehovah saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb; but Rachel was
32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said,
Jehovah has surely looked upon my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.
33 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, Because Jehovah has heard that I
am hated, He has therefore given me this one also. And she called his name Simeon.
34 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, Now this time my husband will be
joined to me, because I have borne him three sons. Therefore his name was called Levi.
35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, Now I will praise Jehovah.
Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped giving birth.