Genesis 29

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1 Then Jacob went on his journey till he came to the land of the children of the East.

2 And there he saw a water-hole in a field, and by the side of it three flocks of sheep, for there they got water for the sheep: and on the mouth of the water-hole there was a great stone.

3 And all the flocks would come together there, and when the stone had been rolled away, they would give the sheep water, and put the stone back again in its place on the mouth of the water-hole.

4 Then Jacob said to the herdmen, My brothers, where do you come from? And they said, From Haran.

5 And he said to them, Have you any knowledge of Laban, the son of Nahor? And they said, We have.

6 And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.

7 Then Jacob said, The sun is still high and it is not time to get the cattle together: get water for the sheep and go and give them their food.

8 And they said, We are not able to do so till all the flocks have come together and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the water-hole; then we will get water for the sheep.

9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she took care of them.

10 Then when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, coming with Laban's sheep, he came near, and rolling the stone away from the mouth of the hole, he got water for Laban's flock.

11 And weeping for joy, Jacob gave Rachel a kiss.

12 And Rachel, hearing from Jacob that he was her father's relation and that he was the son of Rebekah, went running to give her father news of it.

13 And Laban, hearing news of Jacob, his sister's son, came running, and took Jacob in his arms, and kissing him, made him come into his house. And Jacob gave him news of everything.

14 And Laban said to him, Truly, you are my bone and my flesh. And he kept Jacob with him for the space of a month.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother are you to be my servant for nothing? say now, what is your payment to be?

16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17 And Leah's eyes were clouded, but Rachel was fair in face and form.

18 And Jacob was in love with Rachel; and he said, I will be your servant seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.

19 And Laban said, It is better for you to have her than another man: go on living here with me.

20 And Jacob did seven years' work for Rachel; and because of his love for her it seemed to him only a very little time.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife so that I may have her, for the days are ended.

22 And Laban got together all the men of the place and gave a feast.

23 And in the evening he took Leah, his daughter, and gave her to him, and he went in to her.

24 And Laban gave Zilpah, his servant-girl, to Leah, to be her waiting-woman.

25 And in the morning Jacob saw that it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What have you done to me? was I not working for you so that I might have Rachel? why have you been false to me?

26 And Laban said, In our country we do not let the younger daughter be married before the older.

27 Let the week of the bride-feast come to its end and then we will give you the other in addition, if you will be my servant for another seven years.

28 And Jacob did so; and when the week was ended, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel for his wife.

29 And Laban gave Rachel his servant-girl Bilhah to be her waiting-woman.

30 Then Jacob took Rachel as his wife, and his love for her was greater than his love for Leah; and he went on working for Laban for another seven years.

31 Now the Lord, seeing that Leah was not loved, gave her a child; while Rachel had no children.

32 And Leah was with child, and gave birth to a son to whom she gave the name Reuben: for she said, The Lord has seen my sorrow; now my husband will have love for me.

33 Then she became with child again, and gave birth to a son; and said, Because it has come to the Lord's ears that I am not loved, he has given me this son in addition: and she gave him the name Simeon.

34 And she was with child again, and gave birth to a son; and said, Now at last my husband will be united to me, because I have given him three sons: so he was named Levi.

35 And she was with child again, and gave birth to a son: and she said, This time I will give praise to the Lord: so he was named Judah; after this she had no more children for a time.

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Word/Phrase Explanations

Jacob
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

Journey
'To journey' signifies the institutes and order of life.

Land
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...

land of
'The land of Rameses,' as in Genesis 47:11, signifies the inmost of the spiritual principle in the natural mind.

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

water
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...

Hole
'A hole and cleft of a rock,' in scripture, signifies an obscurity and falsity of faith.

field
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

Side
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

three
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

sheep
It’s pretty easy for most people to read the Bible and get a sense for what “sheep” means without any help. They are simple, peaceful,...

mouth
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

stone
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...

come
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

place
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

Haran
'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis 11:28, signifies inward idolatrous worship. 'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis 12:5, signifies an obscure state. 'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis...

knowledge
Throughout the Word, a distinction is made between wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. 'Wisdom' means from good, 'intelligence' is from truth, and 'knowledge' is in a...

Laban
'Laban' signifies the affection of good in the natural self, or the affection of external good, and properly collateral good of a common stock. The...

Son
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

Nahor
'Nahor,' as in Genesis 22:20, signifies the Lord’s church among the Gentiles.

Well
'A well,' as in Numbers 21:17-18, signifies the Word of the ancient church. 'A well,' or 'pit,' as in Luke 14:5, signifies falsity and the...

Rachel
'Rachel' denotes the affection of interior truth.

Coming
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

Sun
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

still
When something is described as quiet, still or calm in the Bible, it represents the state of peace that comes with being aligned with the...

High
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.

time
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

cattle
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

food
To give food, as in Genesis 41:48, signifies to store up.

father
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

mother
Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...

brother
There are two ways "brother" is used in the Bible, ways that are still reflected in modern language. One denotes an actual blood relationship; the...

Near
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...

Flock
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...

Weeping
'Weeping' represents both sorrow and love.

Kiss
To kiss' signifies uniting or conjunction from affection. To kiss,' as in c, signifies initiation. 'To kiss' signifies conjunction and acknowledgment.

hearing
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

Sister
The Lord calls people who are in truth from the good of charity from Him 'sisters,' as in Matthew 12:50. 'Sister' denotes intellectual truth, when...

Arms
Arms and feet (Daniel 10:6) signify the exterior things of the Word, which are its literal sense.

house
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

bone
Bones are strong and supportive, providing a framework for our bodies and making motion and action possible. They are also the least "alive" part of...

flesh
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...

Month
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

two
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

Daughters
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

older
In general, things that are “elder” in the Bible represent spiritual states that come before others. For example, of the two sisters Jacob married, Leah...

younger
In general, birth order in the Bible reflects the progression of spiritual states, but the specifics of those states depends greatly on context: who the...

eyes
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...

love
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...

seven
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

give
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

wife
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...

days
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

men
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

feast
There are two kinds of feasts mentioned in the Bible. Some were held to commemorate specific, one-time events, such as the feast Abraham held to...

Evening
Since the light and warmth of the sun represent the Lord’s wisdom and love, it makes sense that evening, a time when the light and...

girl
In the Word, the words 'virgin' and 'girl' are used, although the word translated 'girl' rarely occurs in the original language. In Exodus 2:8, 'a...

morning
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

Might
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

Country
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

before
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

Week
'A week' signifies state, and 'the seventh week,' a holy state. The ancients understood 'a week' to mean any period divided into seven, whether days,...

the Lord
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

child
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

with child
To be with child, (Gen. 38:24), signifies to produce something.

Reuben
'Reuben,' in the highest sense, signifies omniscience. In a spiritual sense, he signifies wisdom, intelligence, science, and faith. In a natural sense, he signifies sight....

Sorrow
'The woman condemned to 'bring forth sons in sorrow' denotes the anxieties and combats in the production of truths.

husband
In general, men are driven by intellect and women by affections, and because of this men in the Bible generally represent knowledge and truth and...

Simeon
In Revelation 7, 'Simeon', in the highest sense, signifies providence, in a spiritual sense, love towards our neighbor, or charity, and in a natural sense,...

Last
'The first and the last' signifies that the Lord is the only God.

Sons
'Sons of Canaan,' as in Genesis 10, are people who kept external worship separate from internal.

Levi
'Levi' signifies truth in practice, which is the good of life. 'Levi,' in the highest sense, signifies love and mercy, in a spiritual sense, he...

Judah
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

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 A Love Worth Waiting For
The innocence, peace and beauty of marriage are worth every bit of effort, even when we have labored long and find the ideal still beyond reach.
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Finding Your Marriage Partner
The beautiful story of Jacob meeting Rachel can be told in our own lives as well.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Finding Yourself and Your Heavenly Ideals
You have a journey in life—a journey to find yourself. You have to discover what you want to do with your life that is worthwhile, what use you want to perform for others.
Worship Talk | Ages 15 - 17

 Following Rachel
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Healing Our Broken Hearts
It is not easy to find a person to truly love in this world. And so there are many people who are brokenhearted.
Article | Ages over 18

 Jacob and Rachel Embrace
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Jacob and the Shepherdess of Haran
The Lord chose us for love. He shows us the way to that love by inspiring us to love beautiful truths.
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Jacob at the Well
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Jacob Falls in Love
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Jacob Finds Rachel
It takes a lot of work to have this kind of love. But it can happen. This is a promise that the Lord gives to each one of us.
Worship Talk | Ages 4 - 6

 Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jacob Meets Rachel by the Well
Make a collage of Jacob meeting Rachel by a well. By using a paper fastener for the stone covering the well, Jacob will be able to "roll" it away so that he can help Rachel water the sheep. 
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Jacob Meets Rachel - Level A
Complete lesson with activity choices: act out Jacob meeting Rachel, make a mirror painting showing that the Lord made someone for you to marry, scripted story discussion, coloring picture, and a memory verse.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Jacob Meets Rachel - Level B
Complete lesson with activity choices: make a book about the Lord's promise for marriage, make a pop-up picture of Jacob opening the well, scripted story discussion, coloring picture, and a memory verse.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jacob Meets Rachel - Level C
Complete lesson with activity choices: explore rocks and water--naturally and spiritually, map activity on the rivers of Canaan, and a scripted story discussion.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Jacob's Dream - Level D
Complete lesson with activity choices: look closer at the house of God, explore the gateway to heaven, and a scripted story discussion.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 15 - 17

 Jacob's Family - Level A
Complete lesson with activity choices: sing and dance to a song to help you learn the names of the 12 sons of Jacob, trace your hand to make a picture of your family, scripted story discussion, coloring picture, and a memory verse.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Jacob's Family - Level B
Complete lesson with activity choices: play a game to help you learn the wives and children of Jacob, choose an activity to practice patience, scripted story discussion, coloring picture, and a memory verse.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jacob's Family - Level C
Complete lesson with activity choices: play family tree rummy to learn about the patriarchs of the Old Testament and their families, make a wordle (or word picture) to explore what kind of person you want to marry, and a scripted story discussion.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Jacob's Family - Level D
Complete lesson with activity choices: explore ways to cultivate patience, make a complex circular mural about the twelve sons of Jacob, and a scripted story discussion.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 15 - 17

 Jacob's Wives and Sons
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 Memory Verse: Marriage of Good and Truth
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Overview of Jacob and Esau Levels A B C D for ages 3-18
An overview of the Youth Journey Program "Jacob and Esau", Levels A, B, D, and D, for ages 3-18.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 18

 Prayers for Adults: The Marriage of Good and Truth
Activity | Ages over 18

 Prayers for Children: Help Me Be Kind and Just
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Teens: Marriage of Good and Truth
Activity | Ages 15 - 17

 Quotes: The Marriage of Good and Truth
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Rachel and Her Flock
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Rachel: Heavenly Ideals
You have a journey in life - a journey to find yourself. You have to discover what you want to do with your life that is worthwhile, what use you want to perform for others. 
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Lord's Love: Jacob and Rachel
The Lord's love for His church is life the love of a husband for his wife, like the love of Jacob for Rachel.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Pearl of Great Price
We can find something beautiful and precious if we are willing to work for it.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Twelve Sons of Israel (sheet music)
Song | Ages 4 - 14

 Work for the Ideal
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Working for Rachel in Our Lives
What spiritual truths inspire you and make you want to work hard to make them a reality in your life?
Activity | Ages over 11


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