Genesis 29: The Children of Jacob, Part 1

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 31–32

In Genesis 32 you will read how the Lord changed Jacob’s name to Israel. We often speak in the Church of the “twelve tribes of Israel,” which refers to the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) and their descendants. Genesis 29–30 tells the story of Jacob’s marriages and the birth of eleven of his twelve sons.

Understanding the Scriptures

Genesis 29

High day (v. 7)The sun is high in the sky, midday 
Kept (v. 9)Watched over 
Tidings (v. 13)News 
Abode (v. 14)Lived 
Nought (v. 15)Nothing 
Tender eyed (v. 17)Eyes that are delicate and lovely 
Beautiful and well favoured (v. 17)Attractive in every way 
Go in unto her (v. 21)Be her husband (literally, to go into her tent and live with her) 
Wherefore (v. 25)Why 
Beguiled (v. 25)Deceived 
Fulfil her week (vv. 27–28)Stay married to her and wait until the week-long marriage celebration ends before doing anything else 
Opened her womb (v. 31)Blessed her to have children 
Barren (v. 31)Could have no children 
Left bearing (v. 35)Stopped having children 

Studying the Scriptures

Do either activity A or B as you study Genesis 29.

Activity A iconPut Yourself in Their Place

Imagine you are Jacob, Leah, or Rachel. Write to a close friend or family member living in another place and describe the story from Genesis 29 as if you were that person.

Activity B iconWhat Is the Price of a Good Marriage?

bride and groom in front of temple
  1. 1.

    Anciently, a man paid a woman’s father for the right to marry his daughter. Because Jacob had little or nothing, what did he do to pay for the right to marry Leah and Rachel?

  2. 2.

    Explain why you would or would not be willing to do what Jacob did in order to have a certain spouse.

  3. 3.

    Write about what you think the “price” of a good, eternal marriage is today.