New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 29:1-35

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

1Then Jacob continued on his journey. He came to the land where the eastern tribes lived. 2There he saw a well in the open country. Three flocks of sheep were lying near it. The flocks were given water from the well. The stone over the opening of the well was large. 3All the flocks would gather there. The shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s opening. They would give water to the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the opening of the well.

4Jacob asked the shepherds, “My friends, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

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

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

6Then Jacob asked them, “How is he?”

“He’s fine,” they said. “Here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

7“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high in the sky. It’s not time for the flocks to be brought together. Give water to the sheep and take them back to the grasslands.”

8“We can’t,” they replied. “We have to wait until all the flocks are brought together. The stone has to be rolled away from the opening of the well. Then we’ll give water to the sheep.”

9He was still talking with them when Rachel came with her father’s sheep. It was her job to take care of the flock. 10Rachel was the daughter of Laban, Jacob’s uncle. When Jacob saw Rachel with Laban’s sheep, he went over to the well. He rolled the stone away from the opening. He gave water to his uncle’s sheep. 11Jacob kissed Rachel. Then he began to cry because he was so happy. 12He had told Rachel he was a relative of her father. He had also said he was Rebekah’s son. Rachel ran and told her father what Jacob had said.

13As soon as Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he hurried to meet him. Laban hugged Jacob and kissed him. Then Laban brought him to his home. There Jacob told him everything. 14Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Jacob stayed with Laban for a whole month. 15Then Laban said to him, “You are one of my relatives. But is that any reason for you to work for me for nothing? Tell me what your pay should be.”

16Laban had two daughters. The name of the older one was Leah. And the name of the younger one was Rachel. 17Leah was plain, but Rachel was beautiful. She had a nice figure. 18Jacob was in love with Rachel. He said to Laban, “I’ll work for you for seven years so I can marry your younger daughter Rachel.”

19Laban said, “It’s better for me to give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20So Jacob worked for seven years so he could marry Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because he loved her so much.

21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. I’ve completed my time. I want to sleep with her.”

22So Laban brought all the people of the place together and had a feast prepared. 23But when evening came, he gave his daughter Leah to Jacob. And Jacob slept with her. 24Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter as her servant.

25When Jacob woke up the next morning, there was Leah next to him! So he said to Laban, “What have you done to me? I worked for you so I could marry Rachel, didn’t I? Why did you trick me?”

26Laban replied, “It isn’t our practice here to give the younger daughter to be married before the older one. 27Complete this daughter’s wedding week. Then we’ll give you the younger one also. But you will have to work for another seven years.”

28So Jacob completed the week with Leah. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her servant. 30Jacob slept with Rachel also. He loved Rachel more than he loved Leah. And he worked for Laban for another seven years.

Jacob Becomes the Father of Many Children

31The Lord saw that Jacob didn’t love Leah as much as he loved Rachel. So he let Leah have children. But Rachel wasn’t able to have children. 32Leah became pregnant. She had a son. She named him Reuben. She said, “The Lord has seen me suffer. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, “The Lord heard that Jacob doesn’t love me very much. That’s why the Lord gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.

34She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, “Now at last my husband will value me. I have had three sons by him.” So the boy was named Levi.

35She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, “This time I’ll praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 29:1-35

Yakob Kodu Paddan-Aram

1Yakob toaa nʼakwantu so koduu apueifo asase so. 2Asase no so baabi na okohuu abura bi a nguankuw abiɛsa butubutuw ho. Efisɛ saa abura no mu nsu na na wɔsaw ma nguan no nom. Na ɔbo kɛse bi na ɛkata abura no so. 3Bere biara a nguankuw no bɛboa wɔn ho ano wɔ hɔ no, nguanhwɛfo no pirew ɔbo no fi abura no ano ma nguan no nsu nom. Sɛ nguan no nom nsu no wie a, na nguanhwɛfo no asan de ɔbo no akata abura no ano.

4Yakob bisaa wɔn se, “Anuanom, mufi he na mobaa ha?”

Wobuaa Yakob se, “Yefi Haran.”

5Yakob san bisaa wɔn se, “Munim Nahor nena Laban ana?”

Nguanhwɛfo no nso buaa no se, “Yiw, yenim no.”

6Na Yakob bisaa wɔn se, “Na ne ho te dɛn?”

Wobuaa no se, “Ne ho ye. Na ne babea Rahel koraa na ɔne ne nguan reba yi.”

7Yakob kae se, “Monhwɛ. Owia no ano yɛ den dodo. Bere a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔboaboa mmoa no ano nnui. Momma wɔn nsu nnom, na monka wɔn nkɔ wɔn adidibea.”

8Nguanhwɛfo no buaa Yakob se, “Sɛ yɛmmoaboaa nguan no nyinaa ano, na yempirew ɔbo no mfii abura no ano a, yɛrentumi mma wɔn nsu nnom.”

9Yakob gu so ne wɔn rekasa no ara na Rahel a ɔno nso yɛ oguanhwɛfo no de nʼagya nguan baa hɔ. 10Bere a Yakob huu ne na nuabarima Laban babea Rahel ne ne wɔfa Laban nguan no, okopirew ɔbo no fii abura no ano. Afei, wɔmaa nguan no nsu nomee. 11Afei, Yakob few Rahel ano, na osui. 12Na Yakob aka akyerɛ Rahel se, ɔno Yakob yɛ Rahel no agya busuani a ɔsan yɛ nʼagya Laban no nuabea Rebeka babarima. Enti Rahel tuu mmirika kɔka kyerɛɛ nʼagya.

13Laban tee ne nuabea Rebeka ba Yakob ho asɛm no, ɔyɛɛ ntɛm kohyiaa no. Laban yɛɛ no atuu, few nʼano, de no baa ne fi maa Yakob bɔɔ no nʼanantese. 14Laban ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Woyɛ me dehye.” Na Yakob tenaa Laban nkyɛn ɔsram.

Yakob Ware Laban Mmabea Lea Ne Rahel

15Da koro bi, Laban ka kyerɛɛ Yakob se, “Ɛwɔ mu sɛ woyɛ me busuani de, nanso ɛno nkyerɛ sɛ, sɛ woyɛ adwuma ma me a ɛnsɛ sɛ mitua wo ka. Kyerɛ me akatua a wopɛ na memfa mma wo.”

16Na Laban wɔ mmabea baanu. Na ɔpanyin no din de Lea na akumaa no nso de Rahel. 17Na Lea aniwa aba yɛ fɛ, na Rahel yɛ ɔbea fɛfɛ a nʼanim yɛ nyam yiye. 18Na Yakob dɔ Rahel wɔ aware kwan so, nti ɔka kyerɛɛ Rahel agya Laban se, “Sɛ wode wo babea kumaa Rahel bɛma me aware a, anka me nso mɛsom wo mfe ason.”

19Laban kae se, “Mepene so! Eye sɛ mede no bɛma wo aware mmom sen sɛ mede no bɛma obi foforo bi a minnim no. Enti tena me nkyɛn.” 20Esiane ɔdɔ a na Yakob dɔ Rahel nti, ɔsom Laban mfe ason, na wanhu koraa sɛ wasom akyɛ saa. Ɛyɛɛ no sɛ gyama ɔsomee nnansa bi pɛ.

21Yakob som wiee no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Laban se, “Masom awie nti, fa Rahel ma me na menware no.”

22Ɛno nti, Laban too pon kɛse, na ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ nnipa a na ɔne wɔn wɔ hɔ nyinaa baa aponto no ase. 23Na eduu anadwo a sum aduru no, Laban de ne babea Lea kɔmaa Yakob, maa ɔne no dae. 24Ɛno akyi no, Laban de nʼafenaa Silpa kaa Lea ho sɛ ɔnkɔsom no.

25Ade kyee no, ohuu sɛ Lea mmom na ɔda nʼakyi. Ɛnna Yakob bisaa Laban se, “Asɛm bɛn na wo ne me adi yi? Ɛnyɛ Rahel nti na mesom wo? Adɛn nti na woadaadaa me sɛɛ?”

26Laban buaa Yakob se, “Ɛha de, ɛnyɛ yɛn amanne sɛ yɛde ɔbabea kumaa ma aware wɔ bere a ɔpanyin no nwaree ɛ. 27Ma Lea nni nnaawɔtwe wɔ wo nkyɛn, na nnaawɔtwe no akyi no, sɛ wopɛ Rahel ara a, mɛma woasan asom mfirihyia ason bio, na mede no ama wo aware.”

28Yakob penee so ne Lea tenaa nnaawɔtwe. Ɛno akyi no, ɔsom mfe ason ansa na Laban de ne babea Rahel nso maa no waree. 29Laban de nʼafenaa Bilha nso maa ne babea Rahel sɛ ɔnkɔsom no. 30Yakob de ne ho kaa Rahel nso. Na ɔdɔ Rahel sen Lea. Yakob tenaa Laban nkyɛn, som no mfirihyia ason bio sɛnea ɔne no hyehyɛe no.

Yakob Mma

31Awurade huu sɛ Yakob ani nnye Lea ho no, obuee ne yafunu mu, nanso Rahel de, na ɔnwo. 32Lea nyinsɛn woo ɔbabarima. Ɔtoo no din Ruben a nkyerɛase ne “Awurade ahu mmɔbɔ a meyɛ.” Na Lea kae se, “Awurade ahu me mmɔbɔ. Nokware, afei na me kunu ani begye me ho.”

33Lea nyinsɛnee bio na ɔsan woo ɔbabarima bio no, ɔkae se, “Esiane sɛ Awurade huu sɛ me kunu ani nnye me ho nti, wasan akyɛ me ɔbabarima bio.” Enti, ɔtoo ne din Simeon a nkyerɛase ne “Awurade ate!”

34Lea san nyinsɛnee bio. Na ɔwoo ɔbabarima bio no, ɔkae se, “Afei de, me kunu de ne ho bɛfam me ho, efisɛ mawo mmabarima baasa ama no.” Ɛno nti, ɔtoo no din Lewi a nkyerɛase ne “Ahofam.”

35Lea san nyinsɛnee. Bere a ɔsan woo ɔbabarima bio no, ɔkae se, “Saa bere yi de, mɛkamfo Awurade.” Ɛno nti, ɔtoo no din Yuda, a ne nkyerɛase ne “Nkamfo.” Eyi akyi no, ɔhomee awo so.