New International Version
While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherd.
King James Bible
And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.
Darby Bible Translation
While he was still speaking to them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
World English Bible
While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she kept them.
Young's Literal Translation
He is yet speaking with them, and Rachel hath come with the flock which her father hath, for she is shepherdess;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Rachel came with her father's sheep - So we find that young women were not kept concealed in the house till the time they were married, which is the common gloss put on עלמה almah, a virgin, one concealed. Nor was it beneath the dignity of the daughters of the most opulent chiefs to carry water from the well, as in the case of Rebekah; or tend sheep, as in the case of Rachel. The chief property in those times consisted in flocks: and who so proper to take care of them as those who were interested in their safety and increase? Honest labor, far from being a discredit, is an honor both to high and low. The king himself is served by the field; and without it, and the labor necessary for its cultivation, all ranks must perish. Let every son, let every daughter, learn that it is no discredit to be employed, whenever it may be necessary, in the meanest offices, by which the interests of the family may be honestly promoted.
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for she kept them. In those primitive times, a pastoral life was not only considered useful but honourable: nor was it beneath the dignity of the daughters of the most opulent chiefs to carry water from the well, or tend the sheep. Jacob, Moses, and David were shepherds.
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Ver. 8. "Judah, thou, thy brethren shall praise thee; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; before thee shall bow down the sons of thy father. Ver. 9. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? Ver. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto Him the people shall adhere." Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing …
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"We can't," they replied, "until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep."
When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban's sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle's sheep.
Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father's flock.
1 Samuel 9:11
As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, "Is the seer here?"
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