Genesis Chapter 29
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10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
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 all these things.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 29 Bible commentary...
Jacob comes to the well of Haran. (1-8) His interview with Rachel, Laban entertains him. (9-14) Jacob's covenant for Rachel, Laban's deceit. (15-30) Leah's sons. (31-35)1-8 Jacob proceeded cheerfully in his journey, after the sweet communion he had with God at Beth-el. Providence brought him to the field where his uncle's flocks were to be watered. What is said of the care of the shepherds for their sheep, may remind us of the tender concern which our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, has for his flock the church; for he is the good Shepherd, that knows his sheep, and is known of them. The stone at the well's mouth was to secure it; water was scarce, it was not there for every one's use: but separate interests should not take us from helping one another. When all the shepherds came together with their flocks, then, like loving neighbours, they watered their flocks together. The law of kindness in the tongue has a commanding power, #Pr 31:26|. Jacob was civil to these strangers, and he found them civil to him.
9-14 See Rachel's humility and industry. Nobody needs to be ashamed of honest, useful labour, nor ought it to hinder any one's preferment. When Jacob understood that this was his kinswoman, he was very ready to serve her. Laban, though not the best humoured, bade him welcome, and was satisfied with the account Jacob gave of himself. While we avoid being foolishly ready to believe every thing which is told us, we must take heed of being uncharitably suspicious.
15-30 During the month that Jacob spent as a guest, he was not idle. Wherever we are, it is good to employ ourselves in some useful business. Laban was desirous that Jacob should continue with him. Inferior relations must not be imposed upon; it is our duty to reward them. Jacob made known to Laban the affection he had for his daughter Rachel. And having no wordly goods with which to endow her, he promises seven years' service Love makes long and hard services short and easy; hence we read of the labour of love, #Heb 6:10|. If we know how to value the happiness of heaven, the sufferings of this present time will be as nothing to us. An age of work will be but as a few days to those that love God, and long for Christ's appearing. Jacob, who had imposed upon his father, is imposed upon by Laban, his father-in-law, by a like deception. Herein, how unrighteous soever Laban was, the Lord was righteous: see #Jud 1:7|. Even the righteous, if they take a false step, are sometimes thus recompensed in the earth. And many who are not, like Jacob, in their marriage, disappointed in person, soon find themselves, as much to their grief, disappointed in the character. The choice of that relation ought to be made with good advice and thought on both sides. There is reason to believe that Laban's excuse was not true. His way of settling the matter made bad worse. Jacob was drawn into the disquiet of multiplying wives. He could not refuse Rachel, for he had espoused her; still less could he refuse Leah. As yet there was no express command against marrying more than one wife. It was in the patriarchs a sin of ignorance; but it will not justify the like practice now, when God's will is plainly made known by the Divine law, #Le 18:18|, and more fully since, by our Saviour, that one man and woman only must be joined together, #1Co 7:2|.
31-35 The names Leah gave her children, expressed her respect and regard, both to God and to her husband. Reuben, or See a son, with this thought, Now will my husband love me; Levi, or joined, expecting, Now will my husband be joined unto me. Mutual affection is both the duty and comfort of the married relation; and yoke-fellows should study to recommend themselves to each other, #1Co 7:33,34|. She thankfully acknowledges the kind providence of God in hearing her. Whatever supports and comforts us under afflictions, or tends to our deliverance from them, God must be owned in it. Her fourth son she called Judah, or praise, saying, Now will I praise the Lord. This was he, of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came. Whatever is the matter of our rejoicing, ought to be the matter of our thanksgiving. Fresh favours should quicken us to praise God for former favours; Now will I praise the Lord more and better than I have done. All our praises must centre in Christ, both as the matter of them, and as the Mediator of them. He descended after the flesh from him whose name was "Praise," and He is our praise. Is Christ formed in my heart? Now will I praise the Lord.
Rubystars's Genesis Chapter 29 comment on 6/11/2013, 2:48am...
Judah and Levi are the two tribes that are still recognizable today, they are not among the "lost tribes." So Leah's sons Judah and Levi were extremely important people. Jesus was descended from Judah. Leah was much more blessed than she realized at the time and the trial she went through knowing that her husband loved her sister more was worth it for what her seed brought to the world and I am certain she is also richly blessed in heaven for having been given this honor.
Anonymous's Genesis Chapter 29 comment about verse 17 on 7/03/2012, 1:47pm...
I think this statement means the Leah was ugly and at the least unattractive.
PENELOPE's Genesis Chapter 29 comment on 6/27/2012, 9:38am...
Sound like Leah was beautiful for this day and age.She had more kids than Rachel,so she wasn't to bad looking or acting.
Timothy Wayne George's Genesis Chapter 29 comment on 5/01/2012, 7:47am...
Well chickens come home to feed.Be not deceived whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. Jacob had deceived his brother, and now he was reaping what he had sowed from uncle Laban. This chapter brings about some important questions, and does God approve of multiple wives? We know in the New Testament God commanded that every man is to have his own wife, and every woman her own husband. These things that happened in the Old Testament are examples to us, and we are to learn from the mistakes that they made by not making them too. A man is to leave father and mother, and cleave unto his wife. We see that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, and this became a point of contention in the family. This is why God commanded one man, and one woman in marriage. When we go outside of the will of God consequences result that cause problems for future generations. God has commanded that all men repent, and follow Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit to give us the victory over the flesh. Faith is our victory over this world. So thank God for your wife, and live joyfully with the wife of thy youth. Wives see to it that you respect your husband.
RALPH M. WATERS's Genesis Chapter 29 comment on 1/05/2011, 3:54pm...
And he said, Lo, [it is] yet high day, neither [is it] time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go [and] feed [them].
I see the symbolism of GOD (the father) telling his son Jesus that the scriptures has not been filled and it is not reaping time, and to go out and feed the children of GOD.
Titus's Genesis Chapter 29 comment on 12/21/2010, 1:16pm...
Annie, hear this, you are made in the image of God. In His eyes, you are more precious than gold. In the eyes of men, beauty lies in their eyes only. Who is beautiful and who is not? Is not the same made them both? One vessel that is less regarded and covered by men is preserved for the most honor. And that which is most visible, is of less honor and of less value. Their is no fat and ugly before my Father...only accepted in the beloved. I love you just as you are.
Annie's Genesis Chapter 29 comment about verse 17 on 6/20/2010, 2:59pm...
I have read that Leah was fat or heavy set and can not remember what chapter I had found it. Could help with this?
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