Genesis 29:17

“Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Leah was tender eyed: but Rachel was beautiful and well fauoured.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Leah's eyes were tender. But Rachel was beautiful and well favored.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Leah's eyes were clouded, but Rachel was fair in face and form.
- Basic English Bible

And the eyes of Leah were tender; but Rachel was of beautiful form and beautiful countenance.
- Darby Bible

Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well-favored.
- Webster's Bible

Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and attractive.
- World English Bible

and the eyes of Leah [are] tender, and Rachel hath been fair of form and fair of appearance.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Leah's eyes were weak; but Rachel was of beautiful form and fair to look upon.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Genesis 29:17

  • I thinks it 's beautiful that in the end Jacob wanted to be buried with leah and not rachel. Out ward beauty doesn 't matter
  • Mark Nunes for verse 17
    Leah had beautiful tender sad eyes far apart and slanting down at the sides like Marylin Monroe This was her best feature but Rachel still had more going for her and was beautiful also and had a nice body. Fat was considered beautiful back then at a time when everyone worked so hard, ate so little and hardly any one got overweight. So maybe Leah was skinny. Well favored probably meant Rachel had a fuller figure but with a nice hourglass shape.
  • No she was not blue eyed ,nor white, how did you gather that from that passage? You pastor knows not the word. All the nation of ISRAEL was, and is dark unto this day. She was pleasing to the eye, but not like Rachel . The Jews in ISRAEL today are of Russian descent.
  • Gilbert for verse 17
    Our pastor told is it meant she was blue eyed, and fair complected, which was considered a birth defect among brown eyed, dark skinned people.
  • Anonymous for verse 17
    I think this statement means the Leah was ugly and at the least unattractive.
  • 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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