Matthew Bible

Genesis 29

Jacob cometh to the well of Haran.

Genesis 29:1 Then Iacob lyfte vp hys fete, and wente towarde the east coutrye. Genesis 29:2 And as he loked aboute, beholde there was a well in the fylde, and thre flockes of shepe laye thereby (for at that well were the flockes watered) and ther lay a greate stone at the well mouth. Genesis 29:3 And þe maner was to bryng the flocke thethers, and to roull the stone frome the welles mouthe, and to water the shepe, and to put the stone agayne vppon the welles mouthe vnto his place. Genesis 29:4 And Iacob sayed vnto them: brethren whence be ye? And they sayed: of Haran are we. Genesis 29:5 And he sayed vnto theym: knowe ye Laban the sonne of Nahor? And they sayed: we know hym. Genesis 29:6 And he sayed vnto theim: is he in good healthe. And they sayed he is in good healthe: and beholde hys Daughter Rachell cometh wyth the shepe. Genesis 29:7 And he sayed: lo, it is a greate whyle to nyght, neyther is it tyme that the catell shoulde be gathered togyther: water the shepe, and go & fede them. Genesis 29:8 And they sayed: we may not, vntyll all the flockes be brought togyther, and the stone be rolled from the welles mouthe, and so we water our shepe.

He taketh acquaintance of Rachel.

Genesis 29:9 While he yet talked with them, Rahel came wyth hyr fathers shepe, for she kepte them. Genesis 29:10 As sone as Iacob sawe Rahell, the doughter of Laban hys mothers brother, & the shepe of Laban hys mothers brother, he went & rolled the stone from the wels mouth, & watered the shepe of Laban his mothers brother. Genesis 29:11 And Iacob kissed Rahell, & lyfte vp hys voyce & wepte: Genesis 29:12 and told hir also that he was hyr fathers brother & Rebeccas sonne. Then Rahell ranne and told hir father.

Laban entertaineth him.

Genesis 29:13 When Laban heard tell of Iacab hys sisters sonne, he ran to mete hym, & embraced him & kissed him, & brought him to his house And then Iacob tolde Laban all the matter. Genesis 29:14 And then Laban said: wel, thou art my bone & my flesh. Abide with me the space of a moneth.

Genesis 29:15 And afterward Laban sayed vnto Iacob: Though thou be my brother shouldest thou therfore serue me for nought? Tell me what shal thy wages be? Genesis 29:16 And Laban had .ij. daughters, the eldest called Lea & the yongest Rahel. Genesis 29:17 Lea was tender eyed, but Rahell was beutifull & well fauoured.

Jacob covenanteth for Rachel.

Genesis 29:18 And Iacob loued hyr well, and sayd: I wyl serue the seuen yere for Rahel thy yongest doughter. Genesis 29:19 And Laban answered, it is better that I gyue hyr the then to to an other manne: byde therefore wyth me. Genesis 29:20 And Iacob serued .vij. yere for Rahell, and they semed vnto hym but a fewe dayes, for the loue he had to hyr.

Genesis 29:21 And Iacob sayed vnto Laban: gyue me my wyfe that I maye lye wyth hyr. For the tyme appoynted me is come. Genesis 29:22 Then Laban bade al men of that place, & made a feast.

He is deceived with Leah.

Genesis 29:23 And when euen was come, he toke Lea hys doughter & brought hir to him & he went in vnto hyr. Genesis 29:24 And Laban gaue vnto hys doughter Lea, Zilpha hys mayd, to be hyr seruaunt. Genesis 29:25 And when the morning was come, behold it was Lea. Then saied he to Laban: wherefore hast thou played thus wt me? did not I serue the for Rahell, wherfore then hast thou begyled me? Genesis 29:26 Laban answered: it is not the maner of thys place to mary the yongest before the eldest. Genesis 29:27 Passe out this weke & then shal thys also be geuen the for the seruice which thou shalt serue me yet .vij. yeres more.

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

Genesis 29:28 And Iacob did euen so, & passed out that weke, & then he gaue him Rahel his doughter to wyfe also. Genesis 29:29 And Laban gaue to Rahell hys doughter, Bilha hys handmayd to be hir seruaunte. Genesis 29:30 So lay he by Rahell also, & loued Rahell more then Lea, and serued hym yet .vij. yere more.

Genesis 29:31 When the Lord sawe that Lea was despised he made hyr fruitful: but Rahel was baren.

Leah beareth Reuben,

Genesis 29:32 And Lea conceaued & bare a sonne, & called eys name Ruben, for she sayd: the Lorde hath loked vpon my tribulation. And nowe my husband wyll loue me.


Genesis 29:33 And she conceaued agayne & bare a sonne, and sayd: the Lorde hath hearde that I am despysed, & hath therfore geuen me thys Sonne also, & she called hym Simeon.


Genesis 29:34 And she conceaued yet, and bare a sonne and sayed: now thys once wyll my husbande kepe me companye, bycause I haue borne him thre sonnes: and therfore she called hys name Leui.

and Judah.

Genesis 29:35 And she conceyued yet agayne, and bare a sonne sayinge: nowe wyll I prayse the Lorde: therfore she called hys name Iuda, and left bearyng.

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