Genesis Chapter 29

Genesis 29

1Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

2And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.

3And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.

4And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

5And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.

6And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.

7And 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.

8And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.

9And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them.

10And 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.

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

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

13And 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.

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

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

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

17Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25And it came to pass, that in the morning, 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?

26And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

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

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

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

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

31And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

32And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

33And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

34And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

35And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

8 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 29

  1. Leah realized that she could not please issac so she named her fourth son Judah saying, “now will I praise the lord” many times we are not worried about praising god, instead we weak the favor of man. We need to please him who created us. If we praise God he will take care of everything else

  2. Working for your blessing

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

    Jacob was willing to work for his bride-to-be because he loved her so much. Jesus also died for his bride so we can be with Him one day.

  3. v31″ And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb:

    The Lord is a loving and caring GOD.
    HE notice Leah’s sorrow.

  4. In their day the betrothal involved choosing a spouse and exchanging gifts. In Jacob’s case he chooses to work seven years as his gift. Afterward, Laban claims their is a custom requiring that the eldest daughter be married first, but NO evidence of such a custom exists. The clever Jacob who bamboozled his brother Essau for the birthright, just got fooled himself, by Laban.
    If we look back to where Rebekah is to leave with Eliezar, Laban and her mother try to get her to stay ten more days. I see that Laban has a hard time of letting things/people go, also soon when Jacob leaves with both wives Laban freaks out and runs to meet them after there silent departure.
    Some come into our lives for a season. Then we have to let go, let God.


    35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

    Most thoughts about vengeance is about what we can so to get even. Leah served in the midst of humility and hatred; however instead of attempting to get even for herself, as her sons were born, she refrained from attempting to please man and birthed JUDAH! To praise (please) the LORD.

    PRAISE (please) the LORD!

  6. Amazingly enough Jacob was given Leah first, even though his heart wanted Rachel, and yet in the end what “he”wanted Rachel, died at the birth of their second son, and it was Leah who was blessed to give him sons and a duaghter, all while trying to win his love.

    Sometimes the things that we feel we have to have, is not good for us, and God gives us what he wants us to have instead, and we never see the real value in what God gives us because we are always looking at “what could have been.”
    Help us to learn to trust God and what he gives us is exactly what we need, despite what we think.

  7. This chapter illustrates love. We all will do things for love, some even may seem unwise to others, just as Jesus sacrifice surely seemed unwise to the carnal mind. We must learn and seek for wisdom or we too could be deceived. If we learn to do as the Word says, as Pastor preaches and from the elderly’s saints experiences than we will make wise choices. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  8. Amazing how upset Jacob was when Laban deceived him by giving Leah first when Jacob had just years before fled from the land of his father for deceiving his brother who now wanted to kill him.

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