15 Then LabanI said to Jacob,II “Because you are my kinsman,III
should you therefore serveIV me for nothing?V TellVI me, what shall your wagesVII be?”
16 Now Laban had twoVIII daughters;IX the nameX
of the elderXI was Leah,XII and the name of the youngerXIII was Rachel.XIV
17 Leah’s eyesXV were weak,XVI but Rachel wasXVII gracefulXVIII and beautiful.XIX
18 Jacob lovedXX Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you sevenXXI yearsXXII for your younger daughter Rachel.”
19 Laban said, “It is betterXXIII that I giveXXIV her to you
than that I should give her to any otherXXV man;XXVI stayXXVII with me.”
20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemedXXVIII to himXXIX but a fewXXX daysXXXI because of his love for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “GiveXXXII me my wifeXXXIII that I may go inXXXIV to her, for my timeXXXV is completed.”XXXVI
22 So Laban gathered togetherXXXVII allXXXVIII the peopleXXXIX of the placeXL and madeXLI a feast.XLII
23 ButXLIII in the eveningXLIV he tookXLV his daughter Leah and broughtXLVI her to Jacob, and he went inXLVII to her.
24 (Laban gaveXLVIII his maidXLIX ZilpahL to his daughter Leah to be her maid.)
25 When morningLI came,LII LIIIit was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have doneLIV to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceivedLV me?”
26 Laban said, “ThisLVI is not done in our countryLVII—givingLVIII
the youngerLIX beforeLX the firstborn.LXI
27 Complete the weekLXII of this one, and we will giveLXIII you the other also in return for servingLXIV me anotherLXV seven years.”
28 Jacob did soLXVI and completed her week; then Laban gaveLXVII him his daughter Rachel as a wife.
Image credit: “Stories from Genesis: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” by Oleg Volodin of Wycliffe Russia.