Genesis 29:18
New International Version
Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

New Living Translation
Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, "I'll work for you for seven years if you'll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife."

English Standard Version
Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

Berean Study Bible
Since Jacob loved Rachel, he answered, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

New American Standard Bible
Now Jacob loved Rachel, so 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Jacob loved Rachel, so he answered Laban, "I'll work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."

Contemporary English Version
Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he answered, "If you will let me marry Rachel, I'll work seven years for you."

Good News Translation
Jacob was in love with Rachel, so he said, "I will work seven years for you, if you will let me marry Rachel."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jacob loved Rachel, so he answered Laban, "I'll work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel."

International Standard Version
Jacob loved Rachel, so he made this offer to Laban: "I'll serve you for seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."

NET Bible
Since Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel, he said, "I'll serve you seven years in exchange for your younger daughter Rachel."

New Heart English Bible
Jacob loved Rachel. He said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jacob loved Rachel. So he offered, "I'll work seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said: 'I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.'

New American Standard 1977
Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob loved Rachel and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel, thy younger daughter.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

American King James Version
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

American Standard Version
And Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for thy younger daughter Rachel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jacob being in love with her, said: I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob loved Rachel, and 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.

World English Bible
Jacob loved Rachel. He said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob loveth Rachel, and saith, 'I serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter:'
Study Bible
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
17Leah had no sparkle in her eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful. 18Since Jacob loved Rachel, he answered, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19Laban replied, “Better that I give her to you than to another. Stay here with me.”…
Cross References
Genesis 24:67
And Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah and took Rebekah as his wife. And Isaac loved her and was comforted after his mother's death.

Genesis 29:19
Laban replied, "Better that I give her to you than to another. Stay here with me."

Genesis 29:30
Jacob slept with Rachel as well, and indeed, he loved Rachel more than Leah. So he worked for Laban another seven years.

Genesis 30:26
Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will go on my way. You know how hard I have worked for you."

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

Treasury of Scripture

And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

loved.

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

I will serve.

Genesis 31:41
Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

Genesis 34:12
Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto 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…







Lexicon
Since Jacob
יַעֲקֹ֖ב (ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3290: Jacob -- a son of Isaac, also his desc

loved
וַיֶּאֱהַ֥ב (way·ye·’ĕ·haḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

Rachel,
רָחֵ֑ל (rā·ḥêl)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7354: Rachel -- a wife of Jacob

he answered,
וַיֹּ֗אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I will serve
אֶֽעֱבָדְךָ֙ (’e·‘ĕ·ḇā·ḏə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

you seven
שֶׁ֣בַע (še·ḇa‘)
Number - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

years
שָׁנִ֔ים (šā·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8141: A year

for your younger
הַקְּטַנָּֽה׃ (haq·qə·ṭan·nāh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6996: Small, young, unimportant

daughter
בִּתְּךָ֖ (bit·tə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1323: A daughter

Rachel.”
בְּרָחֵ֥ל (bə·rā·ḥêl)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7354: Rachel -- a wife of Jacob
(18) I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.--Heb., thy daughter, the little one, just as Leah, in Genesis 29:16, is called the great one. (See Note on Genesis 9:24.) So in Genesis 44:20, the phrase "the little one" simply means the youngest. Wives had to be purchased in the East (Genesis 24:53), and as Jacob had brought no rich presents, such as Abraham had sent when seeking a wife for his son, he had only his personal services to offer. As the sale was usually veiled in true Oriental fashion under the specious form of freewill gifts, we shall find that both Leah and Rachel are offended at being thus openly bartered by Laban.

Verse 18. - And Jacob loved Rachel (it is more than probable that this was an illustration of what is known as "love at first sight" on the part of Rachel as well as Jacob); and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. Having no property, with which to buy his wife, according to Oriental custom (Kalisch), or to give the usual dowry for her to her father (Keil), - cf. Genesis 14:53; 34:12; 1 Samuel 18:25, - Jacob's offer was at once accepted by his grasping uncle, though he was that uncle's "brother" (ver. 15). 29:15-30 During the month that Jacob spent as a guest, he was not idle. Wherever we are, it is good to employ ourselves in some useful business. Laban was desirous that Jacob should continue with him. Inferior relations must not be imposed upon; it is our duty to reward them. Jacob made known to Laban the affection he had for his daughter Rachel. And having no wordly goods with which to endow her, he promises seven years' service Love makes long and hard services short and easy; hence we read of the labour of love, Heb 6:10. If we know how to value the happiness of heaven, the sufferings of this present time will be as nothing to us. An age of work will be but as a few days to those that love God, and long for Christ's appearing. Jacob, who had imposed upon his father, is imposed upon by Laban, his father-in-law, by a like deception. Herein, how unrighteous soever Laban was, the Lord was righteous: see Jud 1:7. Even the righteous, if they take a false step, are sometimes thus recompensed in the earth. And many who are not, like Jacob, in their marriage, disappointed in person, soon find themselves, as much to their grief, disappointed in the character. The choice of that relation ought to be made with good advice and thought on both sides. There is reason to believe that Laban's excuse was not true. His way of settling the matter made bad worse. Jacob was drawn into the disquiet of multiplying wives. He could not refuse Rachel, for he had espoused her; still less could he refuse Leah. As yet there was no express command against marrying more than one wife. It was in the patriarchs a sin of ignorance; but it will not justify the like practice now, when God's will is plainly made known by the Divine law, Le 18:18, and more fully since, by our Saviour, that one man and woman only must be joined together, 1Co 7:2.
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