Genesis 29:23
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New International Version
But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.

New Living Translation
But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her.

English Standard Version
But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

Berean Study Bible
But when evening came, Laban took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and he slept with her.

New American Standard Bible
Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her.

King James Bible
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

Christian Standard Bible
That evening, Laban took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and he slept with her.

Contemporary English Version
But that evening he brought Leah to Jacob, who married her and spent the night with her.

Good News Translation
But that night, instead of Rachel, he took Leah to Jacob, and Jacob had intercourse with her. (

Holman Christian Standard Bible
That evening, Laban took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and he slept with her.

International Standard Version
That night Laban took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob. He had marital relations with her.

NET Bible
In the evening he brought his daughter Leah to Jacob, and Jacob had marital relations with her.

New Heart English Bible
It happened in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. He went in to her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob. Jacob slept with her. When morning came, he realized it was Leah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about in the evening that he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass in the evening that he took Leah, his daughter, and brought her to him, and he went in unto her.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

American King James Version
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. And he went in unto her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And at night he brought in Lia his daughter to him,

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.

World English Bible
It happened in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. He went in to her.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass in the evening, that he taketh Leah, his daughter, and bringeth her in unto him, and he goeth in unto her;
Study Bible
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
22So Laban invited all the men of that place and prepared a feast. 23But when evening came, Laban took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her maidservant.…
Cross References
Genesis 29:22
So Laban invited all the men of that place and prepared a feast.

Genesis 29:24
And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her maidservant.

Genesis 31:15
Are we not regarded by him as outsiders? Not only has he sold us, but he has certainly squandered the money paid for us.

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(23)He took Leah his daughter.--As the bride is taken to the bridegroom's house closely veiled (see Note on Genesis 24:65), and as probably there was some similarity in voice and form between the two sisters, this deception was quite easy. But Leah must have been a party to the fraud, and therefore Jacob's dislike of her was not altogether without reason.

Verse 23. - And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. The deception practiced on Jacob was rendered possible by the fact that the bride was usually conducted into the marriage chamber veiled; the veil being so long and close as to conceal not only the face, but much of the person (vide Genesis 14:65). And he went in unto her. The conduct of Laban is perfectly intelligible as the outcome of his sordid avarice; but it is difficult to understand how Leah could acquiesce in a proposal so base as to wrong her sister by marrying one who neither sought nor loved her. She must herself have been attached to Jacob; and it is probable that Laban had explained to her his plan for bringing about a double wedding. And it came to pass in the evening,.... After the feast was over, and the guests were departed; when it was night, a fit season to execute his designs, and practise deceit:

that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him, to Jacob, in his apartment, his bedchamber, or to him in bed: for it is still the custom in some eastern countries for the bridegroom to go to bed first, and then the bride comes, or is brought to him in the dark, and veiled, so that he sees her not: so the Armenians have now such a custom at their marriages that the husband goes to bed first; nor does the bride put off her veil till in bed (o): and in Barbary the bride is brought to the bridegroom's house, and with some of her female relations conveyed into a private room (p); then the bride's mother, or some very near relation, introduces the bridegroom to his new spouse, who is in the dark, and obliged in modesty not to speak or answer upon any account: and if this was the case here, as it is highly probable it was, the imposition on Jacob is easily accounted for:

and he went in unto her; or lay with her as his wife; a modest expression of the use of the bed.

(o) Tournefort's Voyage to the Levant, vol. 3. p. 255. (p) Ockley's Account of Southwest Barbary, c. 6. p. 78. 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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