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1. Mosebog 29:1-35

Jakob hos Laban

1Jakob fortsatte sin rejse og ankom til landet mod øst. 2Der fik han øje på tre fåreflokke, der lå ved en brønd på en mark og ventede på noget vand at drikke. Stenen, som lå over brøndåbningen, var meget stor. 3Når alle fåreflokkene var samlet, ville hyrderne rulle stenen væk fra brøndåbningen og give fårene vand og derefter lægge stenen tilbage over brønden igen.

4„Hvor kommer I fra?” spurgte Jakob hyrderne.

„Fra Karan,” svarede de.

5„Kender I Laban, Nakors sønnesøn?”

„Ja, ham kender vi godt.”

6„Hvordan har han det?”

„Han har det godt. Det er for øvrigt hans datter Rakel, der kommer derovre med fårene.”

7„Hvorfor giver I ikke fårene noget vand, så de kan vende tilbage til deres græsgang?” spurgte Jakob. „Solen står jo endnu højt på himlen, så det er da for tidligt at samle dem.”

8„Vi må vente, til alle hyrderne er her, før vi kan rulle stenen til side og give dem vand.”

9Mens Jakob stod og snakkede med hyrderne, kom Rakel med sin fars får, som hun passede. 10Da Jakob så Rakel, sin morbrors datter, og fårene, gik han hen og væltede stenen til side og hentede vand til sin onkels får. 11-12Derefter gav han Rakel et kindkys og fortalte med tårer i øjnene, at han var søn af hendes faster, Rebekka. Hun løb straks hjem for at fortælle sin far det. 13Så snart Laban hørte, at hans søstersøn Jakob var kommet, løb han ud for at møde ham. Han omfavnede ham, kyssede ham på kinden som hilsen og tog ham med hjem. Dér fortalte Jakob ham hele sin historie. 14Og Laban udbrød: „Tænk engang, det er min egen slægtning, der er kommet.”

Laban bedrager Jakob

Da Jakob havde boet hos sin onkel en måneds tid, 15sagde Laban: „Selv om vi er i familie, er det ikke meningen, at du skal arbejde gratis for mig. Sig mig, hvor meget du vil have i løn.” 16Laban havde to døtre, den ældste hed Lea og den yngste Rakel. 17Lea havde kønne øjne, men Rakel var helt igennem smuk og dejlig. 18Jakob var allerede forelsket i Rakel, så han sagde til Laban: „Jeg vil arbejde for dig i syv år, hvis du vil give mig din yngste datter, Rakel, til kone.”

19„Det er i orden!” sagde Laban. „Jeg vil hellere have, at hun gifter sig med dig end med nogen uden for slægten.”

20Så arbejdede Jakob for Laban i syv år for at få Rakel. Årene fløj af sted, som var de dage—så forelsket var han. 21Da dagen kom, sagde Jakob til Laban: „De syv år er gået, så jeg vil gerne giftes med Rakel nu.”

22Så indbød Laban alle naboerne til en stor bryllupsfest. 23Men da det blev aften, tog han sin datter Lea og gav hende til Jakob, og Jakob lå hos hende. 24Laban gav Lea sin slave Zilpa til tjenestepige. 25Først næste morgen opdagede Jakob, at det var Lea! „Hvor kunne du dog gøre sådan noget imod mig?” råbte han rasende. „Jeg har tjent dig i syv år for Rakel, har jeg ikke? Hvorfor har du så bedraget mig?”

26„Tag det roligt,” forsvarede Laban sig. „Her til lands plejer vi ikke at bortgifte den yngste før den ældste. 27Vent til bryllupsugen med Lea er forbi, så skal jeg nok give dig Rakel—hvis du altså vil arbejde syv år mere for mig!”

28Det gik Jakob så med til. Han fejrede bryllupsugen sammen med Lea, og bagefter gav Laban ham også Rakel til kone. 29Rakel fik Labans slave Bilha til tjenestepige. 30Så lå Jakob hos Rakel, og han elskede hende højere end Lea. Han arbejdede derefter for Laban syv år mere.

Jakobs børn

31Da Herren så, at Lea ikke blev elsket, lod han hende blive gravid, men Rakel kunne ingen børn få. 32Lea fødte en søn, som hun kaldte Ruben.29,32 Et ordspil med „Gud har set min ulykke”. „Herren har set, hvor ulykkelig jeg er,” sagde hun. „Men nu vil min mand sikkert elske mig!” 33Snart efter blev hun igen gravid og fødte en søn til, som hun kaldte Simeon.29,33 Et ordspil med „Herren har hørt”. „Herren har hørt, at jeg blev tilsidesat, og derfor gav han mig en søn mere,” sagde hun. 34Senere blev hun igen gravid og fødte nok en søn, som hun kaldte Levi.29,34 Et ordspil med „hengivenhed”. „Siden jeg nu har født tre sønner,” sagde hun, „må min mand da føle hengivenhed for mig.” 35Så blev hun igen gravid og fødte en søn, som hun kaldte Juda.29,35 Et ordspil med „lovprisning”. „Nu vil jeg prise Herren!” sagde hun. Så fik hun ikke flere børn i nogen tid.

New International Version - UK

Genesis 29:1-35

Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram

1Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

4Jacob asked the shepherds, ‘My brothers, where are you from?’

‘We’re from Harran,’ they replied.

5He said to them, ‘Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?’

‘Yes, we know him,’ they answered.

6Then Jacob asked them, ‘Is he well?’

‘Yes, he is,’ they said, ‘and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.’

7‘Look,’ he said, ‘the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.’

8‘We can’t,’ they replied, ‘until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.’

9While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14Then Laban said to him, ‘You are my own flesh and blood.’

Jacob marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15Laban said to him, ‘Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.’

16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder one was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17Leah had weak29:17 Or delicate eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, ‘I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.’

19Laban said, ‘It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.’ 20So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21Then Jacob said to Laban, ‘Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.’

22So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

25When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?’

26Laban replied, ‘It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the elder one. 27Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.’

28And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 30Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

Jacob’s children

31When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,29:32 Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son. for she said, ‘It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.’

33She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.’ So she named him Simeon.29:33 Simeon probably means one who hears.

34Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.’ So he was named Levi.29:34 Levi sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for attached.

35She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘This time I will praise the Lord.’ So she named him Judah.29:35 Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise. Then she stopped having children.