- Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
Then on Jacobs journey, he came to the land of the people of the east.
- And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.
- And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.
Then he looked…and saw…(looking is not the same as seeing. You can look without seeing. Seeing is understanding. That’s why when someone does explain something, some people respond by saying ‘aha, I see’) he saw 3flocks of sheep lying by it, because that’s where they got their water from but a great stone covered the water. Then the people of the east came, took off to stone, pulled out water for the flock, and sealed off the well again.
- And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
Jacob approached them and asked…where are you from? And they answered ‘Haran’.
- And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
And he asked if they knew of Laban. And they answered in affirmative.
- And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
He asked…’is he good?’ And they said he was, and that Rachel, his daughter would come with sheep soon.
- And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
He then told them it’s not time to gather the sheep together. It’s still quite early in the day, that they should water the sheep and feed them.
- And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.
And they said they cannot do that. They have to wait till all the flock are present along with other herdsmen/shepherds, then they would all roll away the stone together because it was great(big) and they would water the flock.
They were there waiting for the stone to be rolled when others come.
- And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep: for she kept them.
Then Rachel came with labans sheep as she was the one who tended them.
- And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.
When Jacob saw her, without wasting time, he went there, and ALONE, rolled away the stone and watered the sheep she came with. Jacob alone rolled away the great stone
- And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
Then he kissed Rachel, lifted up his voice and burst into tears. Maybe because he had found his family at last.
- And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her father.
Then he told her they are cousins…and she ran to tell her father.
- And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
On Laban hearing, he raaaaan to Jacob, embraced him, kissed him, and brought him home. Then Jacob told Laban all that had happened from when he met the men at the spring up until he met Rachel
- And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
And he said. Truly, you are family (maybe because of the strength exerted by Jacob). Then Jacob stayed with Laban for a month.
- And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? Tell me, what shall thy wages be?
During that month, Jacob was not idle. He was working. Then at the end of the month, Laban said. That we are family doesn’t now mean you will work here for free. How much should I pay you?
- And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
Laban had two daughters…Leah and Rachel respectively.
- Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well-favored.
Leah was okay to look at, her face was weak in terms of attraction, but Rachel was beautiful and had a good shape
- And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
And Jacob loved Rachel. Love at first sight. And he told Laban…I will serve you 7 years for her. Laban did not ask for 7 years. Jacob offered 7 years. Why? Love.
- And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
- And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
Laban then said…i’d rather give her to you than someone else (a stranger) so…stay here with me and work these 7 years.
And he served seven years. But it felt like a few days because of the unending love he had for her. She was his prize.
- And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
Then he told Laban. Bring me my wife…it is time. Let me have sexual relations with her. All this while, nothing at all had transpired between them.
- And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
Then Laban brought people together and made a feast.
- And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
Then in the evening, Laban took Leah (she was covered in a veil) and gave her to Jacob. This was the wedding, and Jacob took her to the room/tent and had sexual relations with her.
Life has a way of catching up. I mean, Jacob pretended to be Esau and now, Leah has pretended to be Rachel. He suffered the cunningness he displayed.
Also, for Laban to have done this, -which was the same thing Rebecca did by disguising her son, it just shows their lifestyle.
- And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for a handmaid.
And Laban’s maid –Zilpah, became her maid.
- And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve with thee for Rachel? Wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
And in the morning….ba dum tss… It was Leah. Then he approached Laban. Why did you do this to me?…I served you this while for Rachel. Why did you deceive me (he got a taste of his own medicine. The deceiver got deceived)
- And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Then Laban answered him saying…it is never done to give away the younger child, before the first born.
- Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
I will give Rachel to you if you agree to serve me for another seven years. Just finish the bridal week with Leah, and Rachel is yours…then serve me the 7 years.
- And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
At the end of the bridal week, Rachel was given unto him.
- And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
Laban’s made –Bilhah then became her own maid.
- And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
He then had sexual relations with Rachel and he loved her faaaaar more than Leah…and served the seven years
- And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
When the Lord now saw that Leah was hated….he opened her womb (meaning it was closed) then that of Rachel wasn’t opened. Now, Sarah was initially barren, so was Rebecca, and now both Leah and Rachel were…till God opened the womb of Leah.
God is the opener of wombs.
- And Leah conceived, and bare a son; and she called his name Reuben [see, a son]: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
Leah then conceived (Jacob was having sexual relations with each of them even as he hated one)…and she bare a son…and she named him Reuben (see, a son)…and said..God looked upon what I was going through…now my husband will love me😭😭that was her concern. She wanted love.
For the mere fact that before Jacob came she didn’t have a spouse and Jacob served seven years and within those seven years, a spouse didn’t show up (maybe because of the tender eyes), she did need love.
- And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon [hearing].
She conceived again….😂Jacob didn’t stop…and bare another son and named him Simeon (hearing) and said…God heard that I was hated, then he gave me this one also. She had given up on hoping for love.
- And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi [joined].
Then she conceived and bore another son 😂Jacob should really calm down…and named him Levi (joined) noooow, my husband will be tied to me because I bore him 3 sons.
- And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah [praise]; and left bearing.
And she conceived again 🙊🙊 and had another son and named him Judah. I wonder how Rachel felt. Judah (praise) and she said…I will praise the lord. Then she stopped birthing.