Genesis 29:18
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New International Version
Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

New Living Translation
Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, "I'll work for you for seven years if you'll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife."

English Standard Version
Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

New American Standard Bible
Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."

King James Bible
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jacob loved Rachel, so he answered Laban, "I'll work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."

International Standard Version
Jacob loved Rachel, so he made this offer to Laban: "I'll serve you for seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."

NET Bible
Since Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel, he said, "I'll serve you seven years in exchange for your younger daughter Rachel."

New Heart English Bible
Jacob loved Rachel. He said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jacob loved Rachel. So he offered, "I'll work seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said: 'I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.'

New American Standard 1977
Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob loved Rachel and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel, thy younger daughter.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

American King James Version
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

American Standard Version
And Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jacob being in love with her, said: I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

English Revised Version
And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

World English Bible
Jacob loved Rachel. He said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob loveth Rachel, and saith, 'I serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter:'
Study Bible
Jacob Marries Leah and 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." 19Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me."…
Cross References
Genesis 24:67
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Genesis 29:19
Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me."

Genesis 29:30
So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban for another seven years.

Genesis 30:26
"Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you."

Hosea 12:12
Now Jacob fled to the land of Aram, And Israel worked for a wife, And for a wife he kept sheep.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

loved.

Genesis 29:20,30 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but …

I will serve. In ancient times, it was a custom among many nations to give dowries for their wives; but Jacob, being poor, offered for Rachel seven year's service.

Genesis 31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in your house; I served you fourteen …

Genesis 34:12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as …

Exodus 22:16,17 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, …

2 Samuel 3:14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver …

Hosea 3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer …

Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a …

(18) I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.--Heb., thy daughter, the little one, just as Leah, in Genesis 29:16, is called the great one. (See Note on Genesis 9:24.) So in Genesis 44:20, the phrase "the little one" simply means the youngest. Wives had to be purchased in the East (Genesis 24:53), and as Jacob had brought no rich presents, such as Abraham had sent when seeking a wife for his son, he had only his personal services to offer. As the sale was usually veiled in true Oriental fashion under the specious form of freewill gifts, we shall find that both Leah and Rachel are offended at being thus openly bartered by Laban.

Verse 18. - And Jacob loved Rachel (it is more than probable that this was an illustration of what is known as "love at first sight" on the part of Rachel as well as Jacob); and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. Having no property, with which to buy his wife, according to Oriental custom (Kalisch), or to give the usual dowry for her to her father (Keil), - cf. Genesis 14:53; 34:12; 1 Samuel 18:25, - Jacob's offer was at once accepted by his grasping uncle, though he was that uncle's "brother" (ver. 15). And Jacob loved Rachel,.... As he seems to have done from the moment he saw her at the well, being beautiful, modest, humble, affable, diligent, and industrious:

and he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter: signifying, that he desired no other wages for his service than that, that he might have her for his wife, at the end of seven years' servitude, which he was very willing to oblige himself to, on that condition; for having no money to give as a dowry, as was customary in those times, he proposed servitude instead of it; though Schmidt thinks this was contrary to custom, and that Laban treated his daughters like bondmaids, and such as are taken captives or strangers, and sold them, of which they complain, Genesis 31:15. 18. I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy daughter—A proposal of marriage is made to the father without the daughter being consulted, and the match is effected by the suitor either bestowing costly presents on the family, or by giving cattle to the value the father sets upon his daughter, or else by giving personal services for a specified period. The last was the course necessity imposed on Jacob; and there for seven years he submitted to the drudgery of a hired shepherd, with the view of obtaining Rachel. The time went rapidly away; for even severe and difficult duties become light when love is the spring of action.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.
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