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Jacob's First Love
If there is such a thing as "love at first sight," Jacob surely had it for his cousin Rachel:
"29:18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter ... 29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her" (Genesis 29:18,20 KJV)
Rachel would always be Jacob's first love, whether in the chronological sense, or the priority sense. But she would never be his first wife. That position went to Rachel's older sister Leah, by means of a deception played upon the sometimes deceptive Jacob.
A Substitution In The Darkness
In ancient times, it was sometimes customary and acceptable to all involved to "sell" a bride. Such was the case with Rachel. It wasn't a "price" put on Rachel by her father; it was an offer made by Jacob i.e. "I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter" for a young woman who apparently loved him as much as he loved her. Unfortunately for Jacob, Laban was as effective at making a switch in the darkness as Jacob was (i.e. as Jacob had done to his blind father Isaac; see Blessing The Favorites).
"29:15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? 29:16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 29:17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured. 29:18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
Fact Finder: (a) From what mothers were the progenitors of the tribes of Israel born? (b) Which one of Jacob's wives was buried with him in the family tomb at Hebron? (c) Where is Rachel buried?