Genesis 29:21
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English Standard Version
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Jacob's Double Marriage. - After a full month ("a month of days," Genesis 41:4; Numbers 11:20, etc.), during which time Laban had discovered that he was a good and useful shepherd, he said to him, "Shouldst thou, because thou art my relative, serve me for nothing? fix me thy wages." Laban's selfishness comes out here under the appearance of justice and kindness. To preclude all claim on the part of his sister's son to gratitude or affection in return for his services, he proposes to pay him like an ordinary servant. Jacob offered to serve him seven years for Rachel, the younger of his two daughters, whom he loved because of her beauty; i.e., just as many years as the week has days, that he might bind himself to a complete and sufficient number of years of service. For the elder daughter, Leah, had weak eyes, and consequently was not so good-looking; since bright eyes, with fire in them, are regarded as the height of beauty in Oriental women. Laban agreed. He would rather give his daughter to him than to a stranger.

(Note: This is the case still with the Bedouins, the Druses, and other Eastern tribes (Burckhardt, Voleny, Layard, and Lane).

Jacob's proposal may be explained, partly on the ground that he was not then in a condition to give the customary dowry, or the usual presents to relations, and partly also from the fact that his situation with regard to Esau compelled him to remain some time with Laban. The assent on the part of Laban cannot be accounted for from the custom of selling daughters to husbands, for it cannot be shown that the purchase of wives was a general custom at that time; but is to be explained solely on the ground of Laban's selfishness and avarice, which came out still more plainly afterwards. To Jacob, however, the seven years seemed but "a few days, because he loved Rachel." This is to be understood, as C. a Lapide observes, "not affective, but appretiative," i.e., in comparison with the reward to be obtained for his service.

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Give me.

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my days.

Genesis 29:18,20 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter...

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...

go in.

Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

Genesis 38:16 And he turned to her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray you, let me come in to you...

Judges 15:1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said...

Cross References
Genesis 29:22
So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast.

Deuteronomy 22:13
"If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then hates her

Judges 15:1
After some days, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife with a young goat. And he said, "I will go in to my wife in the chamber." But her father would not allow him to go in.

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