Jacob resumed his journey and came to the land of the Easterners.
There before his eyes was a well in the open. Three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, for the flocks were watered from that well. The stone on the mouth of the well was large.
When all the flocks were gathered there, the stone would be rolled from the mouth of the well and the sheep watered; then the stone would be put back in its place on the mouth of the well.
Jacob said to them, “My friends, where are you from?” And they said, “We are from Haran.”
He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” And they said, “Yes, we do.”
He continued, “Is he well?” They answered, “Yes, he is; and there is his daughter Rachel, coming with the flock.”
He said, “It is still broad daylight, too early to round up the animals; water the flock and take them to pasture.”
But they said, “We cannot, until all the flocks are rounded up; then the stone is rolled off the mouth of the well and we water the sheep.”
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s flock; for she was a shepherdess.
And when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, and the flock of his uncle Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone off the mouth of the well, and watered the flock of his uncle Laban.
Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and broke into tears.
Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and told her father.
On hearing the news of his sister’s son Jacob, Laban ran to greet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and took him into his house. He told Laban all that had happened,
and Laban said to him, “You are truly my bone and flesh.” When he had stayed with him a month’s time,
Laban said to Jacob, “Just because you are a kinsman, should you serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”
Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older one was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
Leah had weak eyes; Rachel was shapely and beautiful.
Jacob loved Rachel; so he answered, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Laban said, “Better that I give her to you than that I should give her to an outsider. Stay with me.”
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time is fulfilled, that I may cohabit with her.”
And Laban gathered all the people of the place and made a feast.
When evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to him; and he cohabited with her.—
Laban had given his maidservant Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her maid.—
When morning came, there was Leah! So he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I was in your service for Rachel! Why did you deceive me?”
Laban said, “It is not the practice in our place to marry off the younger before the older.
Wait until the bridal week of this one is over and we will give you that one too, provided you serve me another seven years.”
Jacob did so; he waited out the bridal week of the one, and then he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife.—
Laban had given his maidservant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.—
And Jacob cohabited with Rachel also; indeed, he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served him another seven years.
The LORD saw that Leah was unloved and he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
Leah conceived and bore a son, and named him Reuben; for she declared, “It means: ‘The LORD has seen my affliction’; it also means: ‘Now my husband will love me.’”
She conceived again and bore a son, and declared, “This is because the LORD heard that I was unloved and has given me this one also”; so she named him Simeon.
Again she conceived and bore a son and declared, “This time my husband will become attached to me, for I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named Levi.
She conceived again and bore a son, and declared, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.