1 Then JacobI wentII on his journey,III
and cameIV to the landV of the peopleVI of the east.VII
2 As he looked,VIII he sawIX a wellX in the fieldXI
andXII threeXIII flocksXIV of sheepXV lyingXVI there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered.XVII
The stoneXVIII on the well’s mouthXIX was large,XX
3 and when all the flocks were gatheredXXI there, the shepherds would rollXXII the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone backXXIII in its placeXXIV on the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers,XXV where do you come from?”
They said, “We are from Haran.”XXVI
5 He said to them, “Do you knowXXVII LabanXXVIII sonXXIX of Nahor?”XXX
They said, “We do.”XXXI
6 He said to them, “Is it wellXXXII with him?”
“Yes,”XXXIII they replied, “and hereXXXIV is his daughterXXXV Rachel,XXXVI comingXXXVII with the sheep.”
7 He said, “Look,XXXVIII it is still broadXXXIX daylight;XL it is not timeXLI for the animalsXLII to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go, pastureXLIII them.”
8 But they said, “We cannotXLIV until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”
9 While he was still speakingXLV with them, Rachel came with her father’sXLVI sheep; for she keptXLVII them.
10 XLVIIINow when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother’sXLIX brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother’s brother Laban, Jacob went upL and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of his mother’s brother Laban.
11 Then Jacob kissedLI Rachel,LII and weptLIII aloud.
12 And Jacob toldLIV Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman,LV and that he was Rebekah’sLVI son; and she ranLVII and told her father.
13 LVIIIWhen Laban heardLIX the newsLX about his sister’sLXI son Jacob, he ran to meetLXII him;
he embracedLXIII him and kissed him, and broughtLXIV him to his house.LXV Jacob toldLXVI Laban all these things,LXVII
14 and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my boneLXVIII and my flesh!”LXIX And he stayedLXX with him a month.LXXI, LXXII
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serveLXXIII me for nothing?LXXIV Tell me, what shall your wagesLXXV be?”
16 Now Laban had twoLXXVI daughters; the nameLXXVII of the elderLXXVIII was Leah,LXXIX and the name of the youngerLXXX was Rachel.
17 Leah’s eyesLXXXI were lovely,LXXXII and Rachel wasLXXXIII graceful and beautiful.LXXXIV 18 Jacob lovedLXXXV Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you sevenLXXXVI years for your younger daughter Rachel.”
19 Laban said, “It is betterLXXXVII that I giveLXXXVIII her to you than that I should give her to any other man;LXXXIX stay with me.”
20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemedXC to him but a fewXCI daysXCII because of the love he had for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “GiveXCIII me my wifeXCIV that I may go inXCV to her, for my timeXCVI is completed.”XCVII
22 So Laban gathered together all the peopleXCVIII of the place, and madeXCIX a feast.C
23 CIBut in the evening he tookCII his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his maid ZilpahCIII to his daughter Leah to be her maid.)CIV
25 When morningCV came,CVI, CVII it was Leah!
And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have doneCVIIII to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceivedCIX me?”
26 Laban said, “This is not done in our countryCX—giving the youngerCXI beforeCXII the firstborn.CXIII
27 Complete the weekCXIV of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for servingCXV meCXVI another seven years.”
28 Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife. 29 (Laban gave his maid BilhahCXVII to his daughter Rachel to be her maid.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. He served Laban for another seven years.
31 When the LordCXVIII saw that Leah was unloved,CXIX he openedCXX her womb;CXXI but Rachel was barren.CXXII
32 Leah conceivedCXXIII and boreCXXIV a son, and she namedCXXV him Reuben;CXXVI for she said, “Because the Lord has looked on my affliction;CXXVII surely now my husbandCXXVIII will love me.”
33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated,CXXIX he has given me this son also”; and she named him Simeon.CXXX
34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this timeCXXXI my husband will be joinedCXXXII to me, because I have borne him three sons”; therefore he was named Levi.CXXXIII
35 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praiseCXXXIV the Lord”; therefore she named him Judah;CXXXV then she ceasedCXXXVI bearing.
Image credit: “The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel” by William Dyce, 1853.