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The Book of Jubilees

Chapter 28

28:1 “And he lifted up his feet and went to the land of the east, to Laban, the brother of his mother Rebecca, and he was with him and served him for Rachel, his daughter, one week. And in the first year of the third week he said to him: “Give me my wife, for whom I have served you seven years.”
28:2 “And Laban said to Jacob, “I will give you your wife.” And Laban made a feast, and took Leah, his older daughter, and gave her to Jacob as a wife, and gave her Zilpah as a maid to serve her; and Jacob did not know it, for he thought she was Rachel.”
28:3 “And he went in to her, and behold, it was Leah; and Jacob was angry at Laban and said to him: “Why have you done thus?”
28:4 “Have I not served you for Rachel and not for Leah? Why have you injured me? Take your daughter and I will go; for you have done evil to me.”
28:5 “For Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, for the eyes of Leah were dull, but her form was very beautiful; but Rachel had beautiful eyes and a beautiful and very attractive form.”
28:6 “And Laban said to Jacob: “It is not the custom in our land to give the younger before the elder.”
28:7 “And it is not right to do this, for thus is it ordained and written on the tablets of heaven, that no one shall give his younger daughter before the older, but shall give the younger after her.”
28:8 “And the man that does this loads sin upon himself on this account in heaven, and no one who does this is just, for it is an evil deed before the Lord.”
28:9 “And you command the children of Israel that they do not this thing, and neither take nor give the younger before the older has been established, for it is very wicked.”
28:10 “And Laban said to Jacob: “Let the seven days of this feast pass by, and I will give you Rachel that you may serve me another seven years, that you may herd my sheep, as you have done in the first week.”
28:11 “And on the day when the seven days of the feast of Leah were passed, Laban gave Rachel to Jacob, that he might serve him a second seven years, and he gave Rachel Bilhah, the sister of Zilpah, as a maid to serve her.”
28:12 “And he served seven years again for Rachel, for Leah had been given to him.”
28:13 “And the Lord opened the womb of Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a son, and he called his name Reuben, on the fourteenth of the ninth month of the first year of the third week.”
28:14 “But the womb of Rachel was closed, for the Lord saw that Leah was hated but Rachel was beloved.”
28:15 “And again Jacob went in to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a second son, and he called his name Simeon, on the twenty-first of the tenth month and the third year of this week.”
28:16 “And again Jacob went in to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore him a third son, and he called his name Levi, in the beginning of the third month, in the sixth year of this week.”
28:17 “And again Jacob went in to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore him a fourth son, and he called his name Judah, on the fifteenth of the third month in the first year of the fourth week.”
28:18 “And in all this Rachel was jealous of Leah, for she did not bear; and she said to Jacob, “Give me a son!”
28:19 “And Jacob said to her, “Am I preventing fruit of the womb from you: have I left you?”
28:20 “And when Rachel saw that Leah had borne Jacob four sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, then she said to him, “Go in to Bilhah, my maid, and she will conceive and bear a son for me.”
28:21 “And he went in to her, and she became pregnant and bore him a son, and she called his name Dan, on the ninth of the sixth month, in the sixth year of the third week.”
28:22 “And again a second time he went in to Bilhah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob another son, and Rachel called his name Naphtali, in the fifth of the seventh month of the second year of the fourth week.”
28:23 “And when Leah saw that she had become sterile and did not bear, she became jealous of Rachel, and she gave Zilpah, her maid, to Jacob as a wife, and she became pregnant and bore him a son, and she called his name Gad, on the twelfth of the eighth month in the third year of the fourth week.”
28:24 “And again he went in to her, and she became pregnant and bore him another son, and Leah called his name Asher, on the second of the eleventh month in the fifth year of the fourth week.”
28:25 “And Jacob went in to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a son, and she called his name Issachar, on the fourth of the fifth month in the fourth year of the fourth week, and she gave him to a nurse.”
28:26 “And Jacob again went in to her, and she became pregnant and she bore him two (children), a son and a daughter, and she called his name Zebulon and the name of the daughter Dinah, on the seventh of the seventh month in the sixth year of the fourth week.”
28:27 “And the Lord was gracious to Rachel and opened her womb, and she became pregnant and bore a son, and she called his name Joseph, in the beginning of the fourth month of the sixth year of this fourth week.”
28:28 “And in the days when Joseph was born Jacob said to Laban: “Give me my wives and my children, and I will go to my father Isaac, and I will make for myself a house, for I have completed the years which I have served you for your two daughters, and I will go to the house of my father.”
28:29 “And Laban said to Jacob: “Remain with me for wages, and herd my folds again and receive your wages.”
28:30 “And they agreed with each other, that he would give him as wages all the young sheep and goats . . should be his wages. And the possessions of Jacob increased very much, and he possessed oxen and sheep and asses and camels and sons and daughters.”
28:31 “And Laban and his sons were jealous of Jacob, and Laban gathered his sheep away from him, and thought out evil.”

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