Genesis 29:17
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New International Version
Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.

New Living Translation
There was no sparkle in Leah's eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.

English Standard Version
Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.

New American Standard Bible
And Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face.

King James Bible
Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Leah had ordinary eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful.

International Standard Version
Leah looked rather plain, but Rachel was lovely in form and appearance.

NET Bible
Leah's eyes were tender, but Rachel had a lovely figure and beautiful appearance.)

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Leah had attractive eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and beautiful features.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

King James 2000 Bible
Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.

American King James Version
Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.

American Standard Version
And Leah's eyes were tender. But Rachel was beautiful and well favored.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Lia was blear eyed: Rachel was well favoured, and of a beautiful countenance.

Darby Bible Translation
And the eyes of Leah were tender; but Rachel was of beautiful form and beautiful countenance.

English Revised Version
And Leah's eyes were tender; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Webster's Bible Translation
Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well-favored.

World English Bible
Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and attractive.

Young's Literal Translation
and the eyes of Leah are tender, and Rachel hath been fair of form and fair of appearance.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:15-30 During the month that Jacob spent as a guest, he was not idle. Wherever we are, it is good to employ ourselves in some useful business. Laban was desirous that Jacob should continue with him. Inferior relations must not be imposed upon; it is our duty to reward them. Jacob made known to Laban the affection he had for his daughter Rachel. And having no wordly goods with which to endow her, he promises seven years' service Love makes long and hard services short and easy; hence we read of the labour of love, Heb 6:10. If we know how to value the happiness of heaven, the sufferings of this present time will be as nothing to us. An age of work will be but as a few days to those that love God, and long for Christ's appearing. Jacob, who had imposed upon his father, is imposed upon by Laban, his father-in-law, by a like deception. Herein, how unrighteous soever Laban was, the Lord was righteous: see Jud 1:7. Even the righteous, if they take a false step, are sometimes thus recompensed in the earth. And many who are not, like Jacob, in their marriage, disappointed in person, soon find themselves, as much to their grief, disappointed in the character. The choice of that relation ought to be made with good advice and thought on both sides. There is reason to believe that Laban's excuse was not true. His way of settling the matter made bad worse. Jacob was drawn into the disquiet of multiplying wives. He could not refuse Rachel, for he had espoused her; still less could he refuse Leah. As yet there was no express command against marrying more than one wife. It was in the patriarchs a sin of ignorance; but it will not justify the like practice now, when God's will is plainly made known by the Divine law, Le 18:18, and more fully since, by our Saviour, that one man and woman only must be joined together, 1Co 7:2.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Leah was tender eyed. Literally, the eyes of Leah were tender, i.e. weak, dun; ἀσθενεῖς (LXX.), lippi (Vulgate); cf. 1 Samuel 16:12. Leah's face was not ugly (Bohlen), only her eyes were not clear and lustrous, dark and sparkling, as in all probability Rachel's were (Knobel). But Rachel was beautiful and well favored. Literally, beautiful in form (i.e. in outline and make of body; cf. Genesis 39:6; also 1 Samuel 16:18 - "a man of form," i.e. formosus, well made) and beautiful in appearance (i.e. of a lovely countenance). "If authentic history was not in the way, Leah, as the mother of Judah, and of the Davidic Messianic line, ought to have carried off the prize of beauty after Sarah and Rebakah (Lange).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leah was tender eyed,.... Blear eyed, had a moisture in them, which made them red, and so she was not so agreeable to look at; though Onkelos renders the words,"the eyes of Leah were beautiful,''as if her beauty lay in her eyes, and nowhere else:

but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured; in all parts, in the form of her countenance, in her shape and stature, and in her complexion, her hair black, her flesh white and ruddy, as Ben Melech observes.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Leah tender-eyed—that is, soft blue eyes—thought a blemish.

Rachel beautiful and well-favored—that is, comely and handsome in form. The latter was Jacob's choice.

Genesis 29:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17And Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face. 18Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."…
Cross References
Genesis 12:11
As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are.

Genesis 12:14
When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.

Genesis 24:16
The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

Genesis 26:7
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

Genesis 29:16
Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

Genesis 29:30
Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

Genesis 39:6
So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph's care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
Treasury of Scripture

Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.

Rachel.

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Genesis 30:1,2,22 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

Genesis 35:19,20,24 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem…

Genesis 46:19-22 The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin…

Genesis 48:7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land …

1 Samuel 10:2 When you are departed from me to day, then you shall find two men …

Jeremiah 31:15 Thus said the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and …

Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great …

beautiful.

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Genesis 24:16 And the damsel was very fair to look on, a virgin, neither had any …

Genesis 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought …

Proverbs 31:30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the …

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