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.

New American Standard Bible
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

International Standard Version
Jacob served seven years for Rachel, but it seemed like only a few days because of his love for 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. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for 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.

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.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

American King James Version
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to 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.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they were in his eyes as single days, because he loved her.

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.

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.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
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, and I will 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 the money 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.M.

Genesis 30:26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and …

Hosea 12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a …

for the love.

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, …

Songs 8:6,7 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is …

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 …

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







Lexicon
So Jacob
יַעֲקֹ֛ב (ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

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

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

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

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

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

days
כְּיָמִ֣ים (kə·yā·mîm)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 157: To have affection f

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