Genesis 29:20
New International Version
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

New Living Translation
So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

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.

Berean Study Bible
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, yet it seemed but a few days because of his love 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.

New King James Version
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.

New American Standard Bible
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him like only a few days because of his love for her.

NASB 1995
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.

NASB 1977
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.

Amplified Bible
So Jacob served [Laban] for seven years for [the right to marry] Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

Christian Standard Bible
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yaquuv worked for Rakhyl seven years, and they were in his eyes as a few days, because he loved her.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Jacob served for Rachel seven years, and they were before him as a few days, by reason of his loving her.

Contemporary English Version
Jacob worked seven years for Laban, but the time seemed like only a few days, because he loved Rachel so much.

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.

Good News Translation
Jacob worked seven years so that he could have Rachel, and the time seemed like only a few days to him, because he loved her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jacob worked seven years in return for Rachel, but the years seemed like only a few days to him because he loved her.

International Standard Version
Jacob served seven years for Rachel, but it seemed like only a few days because of his love for her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

Literal Standard Version
and Jacob serves for Rachel seven years; and they are in his eyes as some days, because of his loving her.

NET Bible
So Jacob worked for seven years to acquire Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because his love for her was so great.

New Heart English Bible
Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and it seemed only a few days to him because of his love for her.

World English Bible
Jacob served seven years for Rachel. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jacob serveth for Rachel seven years; and they are in his eyes as some days, because of his loving her.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
19Laban replied, “Better that I give her to you than to another. Stay here with me.” 20So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, yet it seemed but a few days because of his love for her. 21Finally Jacob said to Laban, “Grant me my wife, for my time is complete, and I want to sleep with her.”…

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

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

Genesis 31:15
Are we not regarded by him as outsiders? Not only has he sold us, but he has certainly squandered what was paid for us.

1 Samuel 18:23
But when Saul's servants relayed these words to David, he replied, "Does it seem trivial in your sight to be the son-in-law of the king? I am a poor man and lightly esteemed."

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 served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

A.

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

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: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Song of Solomon 8:6,7
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame…

1 Corinthians 13:7
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.









(20) They seemed unto him but a few days.--Jacob was at least fifty-seven years of age, but the late marriages hitherto of the patriarchs show that they only slowly arrived at manhood. We need not be surprised, then, at the warmth of his affection, nor was it a passing emotion, but lasted all his life through. This, however, is the last of these late marriages; for Jacob's sons married when young.

Verse 20. - And Jacob served - hard service (Genesis 31:40, 41), in keeping sheep (Hosea 12:12) - seven years for Rachel. The purity and intensity of Jacob's affection was declared not alone by the proposal of a seven years' term of servitude, - a long period of waiting for a man of fifty-seven, if not seventy-seven, years of age, - but also by the spirit in which he served his avaricious relative. Many as the days were that required to intervene before he obtained possession of his bride, they were rendered happy by the sweet society of Rachel. And they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. "Words breathing the purest tenderness, and expressing more emphatically than the flowery hyperboles of romantic phraseology the deep attachment of an affectionate heart" (Kalisch); words too which show the lofty appreciation Jacob had of the personal worth of his future bride.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

served
וַיַּעֲבֹ֧ד (way·ya·‘ă·ḇōḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

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

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

for Rachel,
בְּרָחֵ֖ל (bə·rā·ḥêl)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 7354: Rachel -- a wife of Jacob

yet it seemed
בְעֵינָיו֙ (ḇə·‘ê·nāw)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

[but] a few
אֲחָדִ֔ים (’ă·ḥā·ḏîm)
Number - masculine plural
Strong's 259: United, one, first

days
כְּיָמִ֣ים (kə·yā·mîm)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

because of his love
בְּאַהֲבָת֖וֹ (bə·’a·hă·ḇā·ṯōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

for her.
אֹתָֽהּ׃ (’ō·ṯāh)
Direct object marker | third person feminine singular
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case


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