Genesis 29 tells us that Jacob arrived in Laban’s land where he met Rachel, who was at the well watering the sheep. He is smitten with her beauty. When Jacob tells her that he is a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah, she runs to bring Laban to Jacob. Rembrandt captures the moment of their meeting.
Laban Greets Jacob REMBRANDT (1606-1669)
See http://www.artbible.info/art/large/88.html for the source of the above photograph of the drawing.
We learn that Laban, himself, suggests that Jacob should not serve Laban without wages, so he asks Jacob what those wages should be. Jacob says he will serve Laban for seven years for Rachel as his wife. Laban agrees, and at the end of those seven years there is a wedding. It is not until after the ceremony that Jacob discovers that he got Rachel’s “weak eyed” sister, Leah, not Rachel. Only then Laban tells Jacob that it is contrary to custom in that land to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older. Not to be denied the prize altogether, Jacob serves Laban for yet another seven years for Rachel. Poor Leah. Jacob apparently does not hide his disappointment. But God perhaps has a sense of humor, or a little spite(?) We are told that when God saw that Leah was not loved, Leah conceived and had many children with Jacob, but Rachel was unable to have children for quite some time.
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