New International Version
Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
King James Bible
And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
Darby Bible Translation
And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
World English Bible
Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me."
Young's Literal Translation
and Laban saith, 'It is better for me to give her to thee than to give her to another man; dwell with me;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Leah was tender-eyed - רכות raccoth, soft, delicate, lovely. I believe the word means just the reverse of the signification generally given to it. The design of the inspired writer is to compare both the sisters together, that the balance may appear to be greatly in favor of Rachel. The chief recommendation of Leah was her soft and beautiful eyes; but Rachel was יפת תאר yephath toar, beautiful in her shape, person, mien, and gait, and יפת מראה yephath mareh, beautiful in her countenance. The words plainly signify a fine shape and fine features, all that can be considered as essential to personal beauty. Therefore Jacob loved her, and was willing to become a bond servant for seven years, that he might get her to wife; for in his destitute state he could produce no dowry, and it was the custom of those times for the father to receive a portion for his daughter, and not to give one with her. One of the Hindoo lawgivers says, "A person may become a slave on account of love, or to obtain a wife." The bad system of education by which women are spoiled and rendered in general good for nothing, makes it necessary for the husband to get a dowry with his wife to enable him to maintain her; whereas in former times they were well educated and extremely useful, hence he who got a wife almost invariably got a prize, or as Solomon says, got a good thing.
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LibraryThe Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. (Gen. Xlix. 8-10. )
Ver. 8. "Judah, thou, thy brethren shall praise thee; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; before thee shall bow down the sons of thy father. Ver. 9. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? Ver. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto Him the people shall adhere." Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing …
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Epistle v. To Theoctista, Sister of the Emperor.
Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
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