Genesis 29:17
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English Standard Version
Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.

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

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Jacob asked the shepherds where they lived; from which it is probable that the well was not situated, like that in Genesis 24:11, in the immediate neighbourhood of the town of Haran; and when they said they were from Haran, he inquired after Laban, the son, i.e., the descendant, of Nahor, and how he was (לו השׁלום: is he well?; and received the reply, "Well; and behold Rachel, his daughter, is just coming (בּאה particip.) with the flock." When Jacob thereupon told the shepherds to water the flocks and feed them again, for the day was still "great," - i.e., it wanted a long while to the evening, and was not yet time to drive them in (to the folds to rest for the night) - he certainly only wanted to get the shepherds away from the well, that he might meet with his cousin alone. But as Rachel came up in the meantime, he was so carried away by the feelings of relationship, possibly by a certain love at first sight, that he rolled the stone away from the well, watered her flock, and after kissing her, introduced himself with tears of joyous emotion as her cousin (אביה אחי, brother, i.e., relation of her father) and Rebekah's son. What the other shepherds thought of all this, is passed over as indifferent to the purpose of the narrative, and the friendly reception of Jacob by Laban is related immediately afterwards. When Jacob had told Laban "all these things," - i.e., hardly "the cause of his journey, and the things which had happened to him in relation to the birthright" (Rosenmller), but simply the things mentioned in Genesis 29:2-12 - Laban acknowledged him as his relative: "Yes, thou art my bone and my flesh" (cf. Genesis 2:23 and Judges 9:2); and thereby eo ipso ensured him an abode in his house.

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Rachel.

Genesis 29:6-12,18 And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep...

Genesis 30:1,2,22 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die...

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 of Canaan in the way...

1 Samuel 10:2 When you are departed from me to day, then you shall find two men by Rachel's sepulcher in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah...

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

Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children...

beautiful.

Genesis 12:11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now...

Genesis 24:16 And the damsel was very fair to look on, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher...

Genesis 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat...

Proverbs 31:30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Cross References
Genesis 12:11
When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, "I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance,

Genesis 12:14
When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.

Genesis 24:16
The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.

Genesis 26:7
When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he feared to say, "My wife," thinking, "lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah," because she was attractive in appearance.

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
So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.

Genesis 39:6
So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

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