29:1 Then Jacob a went on his journey, and came into the land
of the people of the east.
(a) Or, "lifted up his feet".
29:2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, b and, lo,
there [were] three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of
that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone [was]
upon the well's mouth.
(b) Thus he was directed by the providence of God, who
brought him to Laban's house.
29:4 And Jacob said unto them, My c brethren, whence [be] ye?
And they said, Of Haran [are] we.
(c) It seems that in those days the custom was to call even
29:6 And he said unto them, d [Is] he well? And they said, [He
is] well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the
(d) Or, "he is in peace?" by which the Hebrews mean
29:13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob
his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced
him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he
told Laban e all these things.
(e) That is, the reason why he departed from his father's
house, and what he saw during his journey.
29:14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou [art] my f bone and
my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
(f) That is, of my blood and kindred.
29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed
unto him [but] a g few days, for the love he had to her.
(g) Meaning after the years were accomplished.
29:23 And h it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah
his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto
(h) The reason Jacob was deceived was that in ancient
times the wife was covered with a veil, when she was
brought to her husband as a sign of purity and
29:26 And Laban said, i It must not be so done in our country,
to give the younger before the firstborn.
(i) He valued the profit he had from Jacob's service more
than either his promise or the customs of the country,
though he used custom for his excuse.
29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah [was] hated, he k opened
her womb: but Rachel [was] barren.
(k) This declares that often they who are despised by men
are favoured by God.
29:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his
name Reuben: for she said, Surely the l LORD hath looked
upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will m love
(l) By this it appears that she had sought help from God
in her affliction.
(m) For children are a great cause of mutual love between
man and wife.