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  • "How is he?" Jacob asked. "He's well and prosperous. Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep." - Genesis 29:6

  • As this conversation was going on, Rachel arrived with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherd. - Genesis 29:9

  • Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and tears came to his eyes. - Genesis 29:11

  • He explained that he was her cousin on her father's side, her aunt Rebekah's son. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban. - Genesis 29:12

  • Now Laban had two daughters: Leah, who was the oldest, and her younger sister, Rachel. - Genesis 29:16

  • Leah had pretty eyes,* but Rachel was beautiful in every way, with a lovely face and shapely figure.1 - Genesis 29:17

  • Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, "I'll work for you seven years if you'll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife." - Genesis 29:18

  • So Jacob spent the next seven years working to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days. - Genesis 29:20

  • 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

  • "Wait until the bridal week is over, and you can have Rachel, too--that is, if you promise to work another seven years for me." - Genesis 29:27

  • 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

  • So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her more than Leah. He then stayed and worked the additional seven years. - Genesis 29:30

  • But because Leah was unloved, the LORD let her have a child, while Rachel was childless. - Genesis 29:31

  • When Rachel saw that she wasn't having any children, she became jealous of her sister. "Give me children, or I'll die!" she exclaimed to Jacob. - Genesis 30:1
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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