Jacob Meets Rachel 29 1Jacob resumed his journey[W] and went to the eastern country.[X] 2He looked and saw a well in a field. Three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it because the sheep were watered from this well. A large stone covered the opening of the well. 3When all the flocks[Y] were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the opening of the well and water the sheep. The stone was then placed back on the well’s opening. 4Jacob asked the men at the well, “My brothers! Where are you from?” “We’re from Haran,” they answered. 5“Do you know Laban grandson of Nahor?” Jacob asked them. They answered, “We know him.” 6“Is he well?” Jacob asked. “Yes,” they said, “and here is his daughter Rachel, coming with his sheep.” 7Then Jacob said, “Look, it is still broad daylight. It’s not time for the animals to be gathered. Water the flock, then go out and let them graze.” 8But they replied, “We can’t until all the flocks have been gathered and the stone is rolled from the well’s opening. Then we will water the sheep.” 9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10As soon as Jacob saw his uncle Laban’s daughter Rachel with his sheep,[Z] he went up and rolled the stone from the opening and watered his uncle Laban’s sheep. 11Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept loudly.[A] 12He told Rachel that he was her father’s relative, Rebekah’s son. She ran and told her father.   Jacob Deceived   13When Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he ran to meet him, hugged him, and kissed him. Then he took him to his house, and Jacob told him all that had happened. 14Laban said to him, “Yes, you are my own flesh and blood.”[B] After Jacob had stayed with him a month, 15Laban said to him, “Just because you’re my relative, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.” 16Now Laban had two daughters: the older was named Leah, and the younger was named Rachel. 17Leah had ordinary[C] eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful. 18Jacob loved Rachel, so he answered Laban, “I’ll work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19Laban replied, “Better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay with me.” 20So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. 21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time is completed. I want to sleep with[D] her.” 22So Laban invited all the men of the place to a feast. 23That evening, Laban took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24And Laban gave his slave Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her slave. 25When morning came, there was Leah! So he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Wasn’t it for Rachel that I worked for you? Why have you deceived me?” 26Laban answered, “It is not the custom in this place to give the younger daughter in marriage before the firstborn. 27Complete this week of wedding celebration, and we will also give you this younger one in return for working yet another seven years for me.” 28And Jacob did just that. He finished the week of celebration, and Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29And Laban gave his slave Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her slave. 30Jacob slept with Rachel also, and indeed, he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.   Jacob’s Sons   31When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was unable to conceive. 32Leah conceived, gave birth to a son, and named him Reuben,[E] for she said, “The Lord has seen my affliction; surely my husband will love me now.” 33She conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, “The Lord heard that I am unloved and has given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon.[F] 34She conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, “At last, my husband will become attached to me because I have borne three sons for him.” Therefore he was named Levi.[G] 35And she conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she named him Judah.[H] Then Leah stopped having children.
Carol Whitley
Genesis 29:20 (MSG 20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days, he loved her so much. (That's what lov... Read More
Genesis 29:20 (MSG 20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days, he loved her so much. (That's what love will make you do!) The type of love in a marriage is called conjugal love. It is called conjugal love because it decribes the fusion of two souls. 21Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. 22Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. 23The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing 24So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. 25Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. 26Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, 27dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. 28And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage. 29No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, 30since we are part of his body. 31And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” 32This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. 33And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. Proverbs 5:18-- 15Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel,draw water from your own spring–fed well”?16It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted. 17Your spring water is for you and you only,not to be passed around among strangers. 18Bless your fresh–flowing fountain!Enjoy the wife you married as a young man!19Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose—don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted! 20Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore?for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger? 21Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make;he’s aware of every step you take. 22The shadow of your sin will overtake you;you’ll find yourself stumbling all over yourself in the dark.23Death is the reward of an undisciplined life;your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end. 1 Peter: Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life . So that nothing will hinder your prayers Hebrew 13:4 -- the bed is undefiled (
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