Genesis 29:18
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English Standard Version
Jacob loved Rachel. And 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.

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.

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.

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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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Genesis 29:20,30 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had to her...

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 years for your two daughters, and six years for your cattle...

Genesis 34:12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as you shall say to me: but give me the damsel to wife.

Exodus 22:16,17 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife...

2 Samuel 3:14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal...

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

Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

Cross References
Genesis 24:67
Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

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

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 30:26
Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you."

Hosea 12:12
Jacob fled to the land of Aram; there Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he guarded sheep.

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