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Genesis 29:30-31

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29:30 Jacob 1  had marital relations 2  with Rachel as well. He loved Rachel more than Leah, so he worked for Laban 3  for seven more years. 4 

The Family of Jacob

29:31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, 5  he enabled her to become pregnant 6  while Rachel remained childless.

1 tn Heb “and he”; the referent (Jacob) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Heb “went in also to Rachel.” The expression “went in to” in this context refers to sexual intercourse, i.e., the consummation of the marriage.

3 tn Heb “him”; the referent (Laban) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “and he loved also Rachel, more than Leah, and he served with him still seven other years.”

5 tn Heb “hated.” The rhetorical device of overstatement is used (note v. 30, which says simply that Jacob loved Rachel more than he did Leah) to emphasize that Rachel, as Jacob’s true love and the primary object of his affections, had an advantage over Leah.

6 tn Heb “he opened up her womb.”



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