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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 older 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 older 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.

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Génesis 29:1-35

Jacob chega a Padan-Arã

1Jacob continuou a viagem e chegou finalmente ao seu destino na terra oriental. 2Ainda longe viu três rebanhos descansando junto dum poço no meio do campo, esperando a altura de irem beber. E uma pesada pedra cobria a boca do poço. 3O hábito era que a pedra só fosse removida quando todos os rebanhos estivessem ali. Depois de se tirar água para os animais, tornava a colocar-se a pedra no seu lugar. 4Jacob foi ter com os pastores e perguntou-lhes onde viviam: “Em Harã”, disseram.

5“Portanto, conhecem um homem chamado Labão, descendente de Naor?” Responderam-lhe: “Com certeza!”

6Jacob perguntou ainda: “Ele está bem?” Ao que responderam: “Sim! Olha, vem ali a filha Raquel com um rebanho!”

7“Porque é que não tiram água para os animais, para que possam voltar às pastagens?”, perguntou Jacob. “Vão ficar com fome se param de comer assim tão cedo!”

8“É que nós só afastamos a pedra e tiramos água depois dos rebanhos estarem todos juntos.”

9E enquanto falavam, chegou Raquel com o rebanho do pai, porque também era pastora. 10Ao ver Raquel, filha do seu tio Labão, com o rebanho de seu tio, Jacob aproximou-se e retirou a pedra de cima do poço e deu água ao rebanho do seu tio Labão. 11Depois beijou Raquel; não se conteve e começou a chorar. 12Explicou que era seu primo, filho da sua tia Rebeca. A moça foi a correr contar tudo ao pai. 13Labão, assim que viu que era Jacob que chegava, precipitou-se ao seu encontro, recebendo-o com muita afeição, levando-o para casa, ouvindo do sobrinho tudo o que este lhe contou da sua vida.

14“Tu és realmente da mesma carne, do mesmo sangue que eu!”, exclamou Labão comovido. Depois de Jacob ter estado ali com eles um mês inteiro, 15Labão disse-lhe: “Não é por sermos parentes que vais ficar aqui a trabalhar sem salário. Diz-me quanto queres ganhar.”

Jacob casa com Leia e Raquel

16Labão tinha duas filhas, Leia a mais velha, e a segunda, Raquel. 17Leia tinha uns olhos muito bonitos, mas Raquel era formosa e tinha encanto. 18Ora como Jacob amava Raquel, disse: “Trabalho para ti durante sete anos e depois deixas-me casar com Raquel.”

19“De acordo! Prefiro dar-ta a ti do que a um outro qualquer fora da família!”

20Dessa forma, trabalhou Jacob sete anos por Raquel; e pareceu-lhe pouco tempo pelo muito que a amava. 21Chegou por fim a altura de casar com ela.

“Cumpri o contrato. Agora dá-me Raquel para que seja minha mulher”, disse a Labão.

22Labão juntou os homens todos do sítio para fazer uma festa celebrando o acontecimento. 23Quando a noite já ia avançada, Labão, aproveitando-se do escuro, trouxe Leia aos aposentos de Jacob, o qual veio a tomá-la por mulher. 24Labão deu a Leia, para ser sua criada, uma empregada da casa chamada Zilpa.

25Na manhã seguinte Jacob foi ter com Labão, todo indignado: “Mas que foi isto? Porque me enganaste? Não trabalhei eu sete anos para ter Raquel?”

26“É que não é costume fazer assim nesta terra”, respondeu o sogro. “Nunca se dá a filha mais nova em casamento antes da outra! 27Deixa passar a semana habitual de núpcias e terás Raquel também, se prometeres trabalhar para mim mais sete anos!”

28E Jacob concordou em trabalhar outros sete anos, ficando com Raquel igualmente.

29A criada que o pai deu a Raquel, por sua vez, foi Bila. 30Raquel tornou-se mulher de Jacob que a amou mais do que a Leia, não se importando de ficar a trabalhar por ela mais sete anos.

Os filhos de Jacob

31O Senhor, vendo que Jacob dava pouca atenção a Leia, deu-lhe um filho, enquanto Raquel se manteve estéril. 32Leia ficou grávida e teve um filho a quem chamou Rúben (olhem, um filho!), porque disse: “O Senhor reparou na minha humilhação. Agora o meu marido passará a amar-me.”

33Depois ficou outra vez grávida e teve outro filho a quem chamou Simeão (ouviu). E exclamou: “O Senhor ouviu que eu não era amada e deu-me outro filho!”

34Tornou a conceber e a ter mais um filho, pondo-lhe o nome de Levi (ligar). “Com certeza que desta vez o meu marido se ligará mais a mim, pois já é o terceiro filho que lhe dou!”, disse ela.

35E ainda mais uma vez ficou grávida e deu à luz outro menino chamado Judá (louvar). “Agora”, exclamou ela, “só posso fazer uma coisa, é louvar o Senhor!” E cessou de ter filhos.