New International Version
Jacob fled to the country of Aram; Israel served to get a wife, and to pay for her he tended sheep.
King James Bible
And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep].
World English Bible
Jacob fled into the country of Aram, and Israel served to get a wife, and for a wife he tended flocks and herds.
Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob doth flee to the country of Aram, And Israel doth serve for a wife, Yea, for a wife he hath kept watch.
Hosea 12:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Served for a wife - Seven years for Rachel.
For a wife he kept sheep - Seven years for Leah; having been cheated by Laban, who gave him first Leah, instead of Rachel; and afterwards made him serve seven years more before he would confirm his first engagement. Critics complain of want of connection here. Why is this isolated fact predicted? Thus, in a detached sentence, the prophet speaks of the low estate of their ancestors, and how amply the providence of God had preserved and provided for them. This is all the connection the place requires.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Now it struck me that God is every day preaching to us by similitudes. When Christ was on earth he preached in parables, and, though he is in heaven now, he is preaching in parables to-day. Providence is God's sermon. The things which we see about us are God's thoughts and God's words to us; and if we were but wise there is not a step that we take, which me should not find to be full of mighty instruction. O ye sons of men! God warns you every day by his own word; he speaks to you by the lips of …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
The Twofold Wrestle --God's with Jacob and Jacob's with God
Motives to Holy Mourning
The Prophet Hosea.
Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.
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.
Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you."
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