Genesis 29:20
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New International Version
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

New Living Translation
So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

English Standard Version
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

New American Standard Bible
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.

King James Bible
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

International Standard Version
Jacob served seven years for Rachel, but it seemed like only a few days because of his love for her.

NET Bible
So Jacob worked for seven years to acquire Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because his love for her was so great.

New Heart English Bible
Jacob served seven years for Rachel. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jacob worked seven years in return for Rachel, but the years seemed like only a few days to him because he loved her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

New American Standard 1977
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

American King James Version
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

American Standard Version
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel. And they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel: and they seemed but a few days, because of the greatness of his love.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they were in his eyes as single days, because he loved her.

English Revised Version
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

World English Bible
Jacob served seven years for Rachel. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jacob serveth for Rachel seven years; and they are in his eyes as some days, because of his loving her.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
19Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me." 20So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her. 21Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time is completed, that I may go in to her."…
Cross References
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 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."

Genesis 31:15
"Are we not reckoned by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also entirely consumed our purchase price.

1 Samuel 18:23
So Saul's servants spoke these words to David. But David said, "Is it trivial in your sight to become the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man and lightly esteemed?"

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 served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

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Genesis 30:26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and …

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

for the love.

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, …

Songs 8:6,7 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is …

1 Corinthians 13:7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

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