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Genesis 29

Jacob cometh to the well of Haran.

Genesis 29:1 Then Iacob gat him vp vpon his fete, and wente in to the east countre, Genesis 29:2 & loked aboute him, and beholde, there was a well in the felde, and ye flockes of shepe therby, for the flockes dranke of the well. And there laye a greate stone at the welles mouth, Genesis 29:3 and thyther they vsed to brynge the flockes, and to roule the stone from ye mouth of the well, and to geue the shepe drynke, & so they put the stone agayne vpon the welles mouth in to his place. Genesis 29:4 And Iacob sayde vnto them: Brethren, whece be ye? They answered: we are of Haran. Genesis 29:5 He sayde vnto them: Knowe ye Laban the sonne of Nahor? They answered: We knowe him well. Genesis 29:6 He sayde: Is he in good health? They answered: he is in good health. And lo, there commeth his doughter Rachel with the shepe. Genesis 29:7 He sayde: It is yet hye daye, & is not yet tyme to dryue in the catell: geue the shepe to drynke, & go youre waye, & fede them. Genesis 29:8 They answered: We can not, tyll all the flockes be brought together, and tyll we roule the stone from the welles mouth, & so geue the shepe drynke.

He taketh acquaintance of Rachel.

Genesis 29:9 Whyle he yet talked with them, Rachel came with hir fathers shepe, for she kepte ye shepe. Genesis 29:10 Whan Iacob sawe Rachel ye doughter of Laban his mothers brother, and the shepe of Laban his mothers brother, he wete, & rouled the stone from the welles mouth, and gaue his mothers brother shepe to drynke, Genesis 29:11 and kyssed Rachel, lift vp his voyce, and wepte, Genesis 29:12 and tolde her, yt he was hir fathers brother, and ye sonne of Rebecca. Then ranne she, and tolde her father.

Laban entertaineth him.

Genesis 29:13 Wha Laban herde of Iacob his sisters sonne, he ranne to mete him, and enbraced him, and kyssed him, and brought him in to his house. And so he tolde him all this matter. Genesis 29:14 The sayde Laban vnto him: Wel, thou art my bone and my flesh. Abyde with me a moneth longe.

Genesis 29:15 But after that saide he vnto Iacob: Because thou art my brother, shalt thou therfore serue me for nought? Tell me, what shall thy wages be. Genesis 29:16 Laban had two doughters, the eldest was called Lea, & the yongest Rachel. Genesis 29:17 And Lea was tender eyed, but Rachel was beutyfull & well fauoured of face,

Jacob covenanteth for Rachel.

Genesis 29:18 and Iacob loued her well, and sayde: I will serue the seuen yeare, for Rachel thy yongest doughter. Genesis 29:19 Laban answered: It is better that I geue her the, then vnto another: tary thou with me. Genesis 29:20 So Iacob serued seuen yeare for Rachel, and they semed vnto him but few dayes, he loued her so well.

Genesis 29:21 And Iacob saide vnto Laban: geue me my wyfe, for the tyme is come that I shulde lye with her. Genesis 29:22 The Laban bad all the people of that place, and made a mariage.

He is deceived with Leah.

Genesis 29:23 But at eue he toke his doughter Lea, and brought her in vnto him, and he laye wt her. Genesis 29:24 And Laban gaue Zilpa his mayde vnto his doughter Lea to be hir mayde. Genesis 29:25 But on the morow, beholde, it was Lea. And he sayde vnto Laban: Why hast thou done this vnto me? Haue not I serued ye for Rachel? Why hast thou then begyled me? Genesis 29:26 Laban answered: It is not the maner in oure countre, to mary the yongest before the eldest. Genesis 29:27 Holde out this weke, & I will geue the this also, for the seruyce yt thou shalt do me yet seuen yeares more.

He marrieth also Rachel, and serveth for her seven years more.

Genesis 29:28 Iacob dyd so, & helde out yt weke. Then gaue he him Rachel his doughter to wyfe. Genesis 29:29 And Laban gaue Bilha his mayden vnto Rachel his doughter to be hir mayden. Genesis 29:30 So he laye with Rachel also, & loued Rachel more the Lea, and serued him yet seuen yeares more.

Genesis 29:31 But when the LORDE sawe, that Lea was nothinge regarded, he made her frutefull, and Rachel baren.

Leah beareth Reuben,

Genesis 29:32 And Lea coceaued, and bare a sonne, whom she called Ruben, and sayde: The LORDE hath loked vpon my aduersite. Now wyll my husbande loue me.


Genesis 29:33 And she conceaued agayne, and bare a sonne, and sayde: The LORDE hath herde that I am despysed, and hath geue me this also, and she called him Symeon.


Genesis 29:34 She coceaued yet agayne, and bare a sonne, and sayde: Now wyll my husbande kepe me company agayne, for I haue borne him thre sonnes, therfore called she his name Leui.

and Judah.

Genesis 29:35 She conceaued ye fourth tyme, and bare a sonne, and sayde: Now wyll I geue thankes vnto the LORDE, therfore called she him Iuda, and left bearynge.

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