Chapter 29 picks up where chapter 28 left off. Jacob had just about completed his journey and had stopped at a well when he saw Rachel, a daughter of Laban, coming to the well with her father's sheep. When she arrived, Jacob rolled the stone away from the well so Rachel could water her sheep. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and told her who he was. She went and told her father, Laban.
Laban welcomed Jacob to his house. After Jacob had been there for a month, he went to work for Laban. Jacob told Laban that he would work for him for seven years in return for the hand of Laban's daughter Rachel in marriage. They agreed and Jacob worked for seven years, which seemed like just a few days to him because of Jacob's love for Rachel (29:20).
To celebrate the marriage of his daughter, Laban had a big feast. But when the evening came, Laban gave Jacob his daughter Leah instead of Rachel. He also gave Leah her own maidservant Zilpah. When Jacob objected, Laban told him that it was their custom that the oldest daughter should marry first. Laban told Jacob that if he would complete Leah's 'bridal week,” then Laban would give his daughter Rachel to Jacob in return for another seven years of work. So Jacob agreed and finished the week with Leah. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. Laban also gave the maidservant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel. Jacob then worked another seven years for Laban.
Beginning in verse 31 and continuing into chapter 30, verse 24, we read about the children of Jacob. Leah gave birth to four sons. Rachel, however, had no children and became jealous of her sister. So, Rachel gave Jacob her servant Bilhah, who gave birth to a son named Dan. Then Bilhah conceived again and gave Jacob a son named Naphtali.
When Leah saw that she had stopped giving Jacob any more children, she gave him her servant Zilpah, who gave birth to a son named Gad. Zilpah bore a second son named Asher. Then Leah slept with Jacob and bore a son named Issachar. She again became pregnant and gave Jacob a son named Zebulun. Some time later Leah became pregnant and gave Jacob a daughter named Dinah.
After all this, God blessed Rachel and she gave Jacob a son named Joseph.
God blessed Jacob and his flocks increased greatly. However, Jacob was ready to go on his own way and work for himself instead of for Laban.
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 29 to 30 Worksheet
Jacob fled from his brother, ____, and journeyed to the land of the _______ peoples (29:1).
Jacob had stopped at a ____ when he saw ______, a daughter of Laban (29:10).
Jacob kissed Rachel and told her he was a ________ of her father and a son of Rebekah (29:12).
Jacob said he would work for Laban for _____ years in return for Rachel (29:18).
When it came time for Laban to give Rachel to Jacob to be his wife, he gave ____ to Jacob instead.
When Jacob asked Laban, 'Why have you deceived me?” Laban told him that it was their custom to give the _____ daughter in marriage before the _______ one (29:25-26).
Jacob finished the week with ____, and then Laban gave him his daughter ______ to be his wife.
'When the Lord saw that Leah was not _____, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren” (29:31).
Leah's first son was named ______, the second was ______, the third was ____, and the fourth was _____ (29:32-35).
Rachel gave Jacob her servant Bilhah, who gave birth to two sons: ___ and _________ (30:6-8).
Leah gave Jacob her servant Zilpah, who gave birth to two sons: ___ and _____ (30:9-12).
Leah gave birth to two more sons, ________ and _______, and a daughter named _____ (30:17-21).
Then God remembered Rachel, and she gave birth to a son named ______ (30:22-24).
Jacob grew very prosperous and came to own large ______, servants, camels and donkeys (30:43).
Memory Verse: 'A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you” (Psalm 91:7).
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 29:22 Genesis 30:22-23 Genesis 30:9 Genesis 29:3
Genesis 29:16 Genesis 30:30 Genesis 30:40 Genesis 30:1
'So _____ brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.” Genesis ______
'When ______ saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became Genesis ______
_______ of her sister.”
'Jacob set apart the _____ of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face Genesis ______
the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban.”
'Now Laban had two _________; the name of the older was ____, and the Genesis ______
name of the younger was Rachel.”
'When ____ saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maid- Genesis ______
servant _______ and gave her to Jacob as a wife.”
'Then God remembered ______; he listened to her and opened her womb. Genesis ______
She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, 'God has taken away
'When all the ______ were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the Genesis ______
stone away from the well's mouth and water the _____.”
''The ______ you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord Genesis ______
has _______ you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something