Genesis 29:21
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New International Version
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her."

New Living Translation
Finally, the time came for him to marry her. "I have fulfilled my agreement," Jacob said to Laban. "Now give me my wife so I can sleep with her."

English Standard Version
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time is completed, that I may go in to her."

King James Bible
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time is completed. I want to sleep with her."

International Standard Version
Eventually, Jacob told Laban, "Bring me my wife, now that my time of service has been completed, so I can go be with her."

NET Bible
Finally Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my time of service is up. I want to have marital relations with her."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[At the end of the seven years] Jacob said to Laban, "The time is up; give me my wife! I want to sleep with her."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled that I may go in unto her.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

American King James Version
And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.

American Standard Version
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to Laban: Give me my wife; for now the time is fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob said to Laban, Give [me] my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.

English Revised Version
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife (for my days are fulfilled) that I may go in to her.

World English Bible
Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob saith unto Laban, 'Give up my wife, for my days have been fulfilled, and I go in unto her;'
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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 21. - And Jacob said unto Laban (who, though the term of servitude had expired, appeared to be in no haste to implement his part of the bargain), Give me my wife (i.e. my affianced wife, as in Deuteronomy 22:23, 24; Matthew 1:20), for my days are fulfilled (i.e. my term of service is completed), that I may go in unto her - quo significant intactam adhuc esse virginem (Calvin); a proof that Jacob's love was pure and true.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jacob said unto Laban, give me my wife,.... Meaning Rachel, who was his wife by contract; the conditions of her being his wife were now fulfilled by him, and therefore he might challenge her as his wife:

for my days are now fulfilled; the seven years were up he agreed to serve him for his daughter; and therefore it was but just and right she should be given him:

that I may go in unto her; as his lawful wife, and it was high time Jacob had her; for he was now, as the Jewish writers generally say (n), and that very rightly, eighty four years of age; and from him were to spring twelve princes, the heads of twelve tribes, which should inhabit the land of Canaan.

(n) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 70. fol. 63. 1. Jarchi in loc. and others.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Jacob said, Give me my wife—At the expiry of the stipulated term the marriage festivities were held. But an infamous fraud was practised on Jacob, and on his showing a righteous indignation, the usage of the country was pleaded in excuse. No plea of kindred should ever be allowed to come in opposition to the claim of justice. But this is often overlooked by the selfish mind of man, and fashion or custom rules instead of the will of God. This was what Laban did, as he said, "It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born." But, then, if that were the prevailing custom of society at Haran, he should have apprized his nephew of it at an early period in an honorable manner. This, however, is too much the way with the people of the East still. The duty of marrying an elder daughter before a younger, the tricks which parents take to get off an elder daughter that is plain or deformed and in which they are favored by the long bridal veil that entirely conceals her features all the wedding day, and the prolongation for a week of the marriage festivities among the greater sheiks, are accordant with the habits of the people in Arabia and Armenia in the present day.

Genesis 29:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
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." 22Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast.…
Cross References
Genesis 29:22
So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.

Deuteronomy 22:13
If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her

Judges 15:1
Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, "I'm going to my wife's room." But her father would not let him go in.
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