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Genesis 29 - NIV

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.

2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large.

3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”
“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”
“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”
“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

8 “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.”

9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd.

10 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.

11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.

12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

14 After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,

15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.

18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.”

20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.

23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.

24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.

27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.

30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

Jacob’s Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless.

32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[b] for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.[c]

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.[d]

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.[e] Then she stopped having children.


a. Genesis 29:17 Or delicate
b. Genesis 29:32 Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son.
c. Genesis 29:33 Simeon probably means one who hears.
d. Genesis 29:34 Levi sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for attached.
e. Genesis 29:35 Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise.

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D Marion Clark avatar
The Fox Out-Foxed
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Aug, 2016
Summary: If there is one trait of Jacob that stands out, it is his craftiness. Our chapter presents another crafty fellow who will out-fox Jacob.
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-30
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 103
Bo Dunford avatar
When A Man Loves A Woman With All His Heart
Shared by: Bo Dunford on Mar, 2016
Summary: The husband's love for his wife ought to be the same kind of love that Jesus has for the church.
Scripture: Genesis 29:15-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,213
Ken Ritz avatar
Approval or Achievement
Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
Summary: Part 3 of a series on the life of Jacob
Tim Smith avatar
Help! I’ve Married the Wrong Person!
Shared by: Tim Smith on Feb, 2016
Summary: Jacob rolls over in the morning and the woman beside him is not the woman of his dreams. The same thing has happened to many couples. We wake up one day and think we’ve married the wrong person. What are you to do?
Scripture: Genesis 29:15-30
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 320
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Jacob at Bethel
Scripture: Genesis 28:10-29:1
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 284
Troy Luttrell avatar
Birthing Wars
Shared by: Troy Luttrell on Jul, 2015
Summary: From the example of Jacob, we will learn four truths of what it means to have a Biblical marriage.
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Meet the First Sister Wives
Shared by: Troy Luttrell on Mar, 2015
Summary: We will learn that despite the decisions (positive and negative) of our family members, it truly is by grace that we can have a successful walk with God.
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-30
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 499
Jim Kilson avatar
The God of Love
Shared by: Jim Kilson on Nov, 2014
Summary: Part 3 of 5 in a series on the false gods of this world (i.e. of our own creation) that vie to be the ultimate object of our worship.
Scripture: Genesis 29:16-35
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 432
Monty Newton avatar
And You Think Your Family Is Messed-Up Part II
Shared by: Monty Newton on Aug, 2014
Summary: God is at work in and through our lives despite our dysfunction.
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And You Think Your Family Is Messed Up Part I
Shared by: Monty Newton on Jul, 2014
Summary: God is at work in and through our lives despite our differences and dysfunction,.
The Importance of Praise
Shared by: MELVIN MAUGHMER, JR. on Jun, 2014
Summary: Praise God for that is what we are commanded to do.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:35
Denomination: Apostolic
Views: 5,962
Steve Ely avatar
Knots - Part 2 - Knot Hard
Shared by: Steve Ely on Feb, 2014
Summary: We are divided into "Have Knots" and "Have Nots". Knot-tied or single, there are relationship principles we must know.
Series: Knots
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Scripture: Genesis 29:14-30
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 812
John Shearhart avatar
Genesis 29:1-35
Shared by: John Shearhart on Oct, 2013
Summary: God completes the next phase of the promise to Abraham when He provides the first sons of the promise.
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,215
Samuel Fulkerson avatar
Elevated Praise
Shared by: Samuel Fulkerson on Sep, 2013
Summary: Bionically there is a difference between Praise and Worship and Elevated Praise lifts one above the mundane and into the very presence of the very God.
Scripture: Genesis 29:35
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 662
Paul Barreca avatar
God's Compassion for the Broken Hearted
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Jan, 2013
Summary: Even though we sin, God is compassionate and blesses those who call on His name.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-30:24
Views: 2,081
Paul Barreca avatar
Making a New Man Out of Jacob
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Nov, 2012
Summary: Jacob's trials in Haran teach us the Lord sends trials into our lives to test our commitment and to refine us to me more like Jesus.
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God Will Go Before You
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Oct, 2012
Summary: What did God do for Jacob, and what does that teach us about the Destination Unknowns in our life?
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Scripture: Genesis 29:1-14
Views: 2,384
John Lowe avatar
We Reap What We Sow
Shared by: John Lowe on Jun, 2012
Summary: Our Bible lesson is from the twenty-ninth chapter of Genesis, and I would like to place the following words at the beginning: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of th
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:16-28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,590
Edward Hardee avatar
Studies in Genesis: Chapter 29
Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
Series: Genesis
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Scripture: Genesis 29:1-32
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,241
John Perry avatar
Living in the shadow of another star
Shared by: John Perry on Jul, 2011
Summary: This world is full of people who are loaded with talent. It can make you feel at times as though your life adds up to very little. But the truth is that even though we may feel as we are 'outshone' God wants us to master the art of 'Living in the shadow o
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Scripture: Genesis 29:15-25
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,279
Rich  Anderson avatar
The Life Of Joseph - Part 1
Shared by: Rich Anderson on Feb, 2011
Summary: It is said that every man or woman's life contains sufficient material for a great novel. Joseph's life certainly did.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-30
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,655
C. Philip Green avatar
Battle of the Babies
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Feb, 2011
Summary: If you want true peace, don’t look down on some with disdain; don’t look up on others with jealousy; and don’t look within at your own schemes. Instead, look to the Lord. Trust Him with your life, and you will find true peace.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:30-30:24
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,021
C. Philip Green avatar
Brushes or Swords
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Jan, 2011
Summary: If we’re going to "put the icing" on the days God makes for us, we must enjoy his delights and embrace his discipline.
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Shared by: Babatunmishe oke on Dec, 2010
Summary: This is is a prayer sermon to address spiritual issues from the womb.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:31-30:13
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,354
Gordon Curley avatar
A man with two wives
Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2010
Summary: Jacob marries Leah & Rachel. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-35
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 513
Brian Buriff avatar
Shared by: Brian Buriff on Feb, 2010
Summary: When you feel like Jacob - "Help, I married the wrong person." Within every man and woman there lies 2 dimensions - the lovable Rachel side and the difficult Leah side. Successful marriages recognize both sides and learns to embrace both sides.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:15-31
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 3,529
Rodney Kelley avatar
Thankful in a Troubled Life
Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Sep, 2009
Summary: As a child of God, we have much to be thankful about.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:16-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,699
Tom Owen avatar
Genesis 39
Shared by: Tom Owen on Aug, 2009
Summary: verse-by-verse
Series: Beginnings
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 29:1-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,699
Rodney Burton avatar
The 12 Stone Memorial Series Part 3: Levi & Judah
Shared by: Rodney Burton on Apr, 2009
Summary: In part 3 of this series, we look at the births of Levi and Judah and what we can learn from them and what God can teach the church.
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Scripture: Genesis 29:34-35
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,445
Paul Clemente avatar
God is Gracious - Part 1
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Mar, 2009
Summary: The Creator God has the power to give grace, but the Creator God also has power to judge sin; and all have sinned against God.
Scripture: Genesis 29:31-30:22
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,090