New Living Translation
Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, "I'll work for you for seven years if you'll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife."
King James Bible
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
World English Bible
Jacob loved Rachel. He said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."
Young's Literal Translation
And Jacob loveth Rachel, and saith, 'I serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter:'
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The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah's tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.
"Agreed!" Laban replied. "I'd rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me."
So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.
Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you."
Jacob fled to the land of Aram, and there he earned a wife by tending sheep.
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