Genesis 29:20
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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1753. served.

Genesis 30:26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go: for you know my service which I have done you.

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

for the love.

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her...

Songs 8:6,7 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave...

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 if one died for all, then were all dead:

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

Cross References
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 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."

Genesis 31:15
Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money.

1 Samuel 18:23
And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, "Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king's son-in-law, since I am a poor man and have no reputation?"

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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