Genesis 29:23
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English Standard Version
But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And at night he brought in Lia his daughter to him,

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Jacob's Double Marriage. - After a full month ("a month of days," Genesis 41:4; Numbers 11:20, etc.), during which time Laban had discovered that he was a good and useful shepherd, he said to him, "Shouldst thou, because thou art my relative, serve me for nothing? fix me thy wages." Laban's selfishness comes out here under the appearance of justice and kindness. To preclude all claim on the part of his sister's son to gratitude or affection in return for his services, he proposes to pay him like an ordinary servant. Jacob offered to serve him seven years for Rachel, the younger of his two daughters, whom he loved because of her beauty; i.e., just as many years as the week has days, that he might bind himself to a complete and sufficient number of years of service. For the elder daughter, Leah, had weak eyes, and consequently was not so good-looking; since bright eyes, with fire in them, are regarded as the height of beauty in Oriental women. Laban agreed. He would rather give his daughter to him than to a stranger.

(Note: This is the case still with the Bedouins, the Druses, and other Eastern tribes (Burckhardt, Voleny, Layard, and Lane).

Jacob's proposal may be explained, partly on the ground that he was not then in a condition to give the customary dowry, or the usual presents to relations, and partly also from the fact that his situation with regard to Esau compelled him to remain some time with Laban. The assent on the part of Laban cannot be accounted for from the custom of selling daughters to husbands, for it cannot be shown that the purchase of wives was a general custom at that time; but is to be explained solely on the ground of Laban's selfishness and avarice, which came out still more plainly afterwards. To Jacob, however, the seven years seemed but "a few days, because he loved Rachel." This is to be understood, as C. a Lapide observes, "not affective, but appretiative," i.e., in comparison with the reward to be obtained for his service.

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brought her.

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Cross References
Genesis 29:22
So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast.

Genesis 29:24
(Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.)

Genesis 31:15
Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money.

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