Understanding the Scriptures
|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.
Put 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.
What Is the Price of a Good Marriage?
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?
Explain why you would or would not be willing to do what Jacob did in order to have a certain spouse.
Write about what you think the “price” of a good, eternal marriage is today.