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Commentary » Genesis 29:13-Genesis 29:35 »

Jacob Marries Leah And Rachael

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Hearing of Jacob’s arrival from Rachael, Laban hurried out to meet his nephew (vv. 1-13). He knew that Jacob was from a very wealthy family, so he gave him a royal welcome thinking Jacob might have many gifts for him (v. 14). Jacob accepted his uncle’s offer of hospitality and made himself at home . He was too clever to hang around Laban’s house idly so he began to make himself useful, so much so that Laban offered him a full-time job (v. 15). After a month in Laban’s home Jacob had fallen in love with Rachael. He struck up a deal with Laban where he would work for seven years in order to have Rachael as his wife (vv. 16-19).

When the day of the wedding arrives Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Rachael’s older sister Leah instead of Rachael (vv. 20-24). The one who had deceived his own brother and father now is deceived by his mother’s brother. The Bible demonstrates over and over the principle that what a man sows he reaps (Gal. 6:7).

A week later Jacob marries Rachael with an agreement to work for Laban another seven years which gives him two wives in seven days (vv. 25-30). Once married to Rachael he wasted no more time on Leah. He simply ignored her (vv. 31-35). This was a sad record for Jacob’s home as it became a battlefield where two embittered women fought and struggled for Jacob’s affection. Jacob and Leah have four sons and he and Rachael did not have any children. However he loved Rachael more than Leah so she did not feel loved. 


When I try to get things to go my way instead of God’s way it will not only bring problems into my own life but into our entire family.

Genesis 29:13-35 (English Standard Version)

As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh!" And he stayed with him a month. Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?" Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed." So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years." Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, "Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me." She conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also." And she called his name Simeon. Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, "Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore his name was called Levi. And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "This time I will praise the LORD." Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.

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