- When Jacob reached Haram, almost the first person he met was his uncle Laban's younger daughter, Rachel, to whom he was immediately attracted. Laban gave Jacob a warm welcome and employed him as a shepherd, on the understanding that in return for seven years' work he should be allowed to marry Rachel. The seven years passed quickly, but after the marriage ceremony Jacob discovered that his veiled bride was not Rachel, but her elder sister Leah. When Jacob protested, Laban replied that custom did not permit a younger sister to be married before the elder, but agreed to let him marry Rachel as his second wife as soon as the celebrations for his marriage to Leah were over, provided he would undertake to work for him for a further seven years. (ibid. ch. 29, vv. 1-30).
- Jacob and Laban