New International Version
Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
King James Bible
And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Darby Bible Translation
And Laban said, It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn.
World English Bible
Laban said, "It is not done so in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Young's Literal Translation
And Laban saith, 'It is not done so in our place, to give the younger before the first-born;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It must not be so done in our country - It was an early custom to give daughters in marriage according to their seniority; and it is worthy of remark that the oldest people now existing, next to the Jews, I mean the Hindoos, have this not merely as a custom, but as a positive law; and they deem it criminal to give a younger daughter in marriage while an elder daughter remains unmarried. Among them it is a high offense, equal to adultery, "for a man to marry while his elder brother remains unmarried, or for a man to give his daughter to such a person, or to give his youngest daughter in marriage while the eldest sister remains unmarried." - Code of Gentoo Laws, chap. xv., sec. 1, p. 204. This was a custom at Mesopotamia; but Laban took care to conceal it from Jacob till after he had given him Leah. The words of Laban are literally what a Hindoo would say on such a subject.
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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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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?"
Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."
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