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  • "Agreed!" Laban replied. "I'd rather give her to you than to someone outside the family." - Genesis 29:19

  • Finally, the time came for him to marry her. "I have fulfilled my contract," Jacob said to Laban. "Now give me my wife so we can be married." - Genesis 29:21

  • So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood to celebrate with Jacob at a wedding feast. - Genesis 29:22

  • That night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her. - Genesis 29:23

  • And Laban gave Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid. - Genesis 29:24

  • But when Jacob woke up in the morning--it was Leah! "What sort of trick is this?" Jacob raged at Laban. "I worked seven years for Rachel. What do you mean by this trickery?" - Genesis 29:25

  • "It's not our custom to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn," Laban replied. - Genesis 29:26

  • So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too. - Genesis 29:28

  • And Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid. - Genesis 29:29

  • Soon after Joseph was born to Rachel, Jacob said to Laban, "I want to go back home. - Genesis 30:25

  • "Please don't leave me," Laban replied, "for I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because you are here. - Genesis 30:27

  • "What wages do you want?" Laban asked again. Jacob replied, "Don't give me anything at all. Just do one thing, and I'll go back to work for you. - Genesis 30:31

  • "All right," Laban replied. "It will be as you have said." - Genesis 30:34

  • But that very day Laban went out and removed all the male goats that were speckled and spotted, the females that were speckled and spotted with any white patches, and all the dark-colored sheep. He placed them in the care of his sons, - Genesis 30:35

  • and they took them three days' distance from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for Laban's flock. - Genesis 30:36

  • Then he set up these peeled branches beside the watering troughs so Laban's flocks would see them as they came to drink, for that was when they mated. - Genesis 30:38

  • Jacob added them to his own flock, thus separating the lambs from Laban's flock. Then at mating time, he turned the flocks toward the streaked and dark-colored rams in Laban's flock. This is how he built his flock from Laban's. - Genesis 30:40
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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