Genesis 29:22
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English Standard Version
So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast.

King James Bible
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

American Standard Version
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he, having invited a great number of his friends to the feast, made the marriage.

English Revised Version
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Laban assembled all the men of the place, and made a feast.

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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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Judges 14:10-18 So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do...

Ruth 4:10-13 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance...

Matthew 22:2-10 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son...

Matthew 25:1-10 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom...

John 2:1-10 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there...

Revelation 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me...

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

Genesis 29:23
But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

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