Genesis 29
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  • Verse 3

    And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.

    the flocks
    Instead of haadarim, "the flocks," the Samaritan reads haroin, "the shepherds," as does also the Arabic in Walton's Polyglott. This verse describes what was usually done by some mutual compact among the shepherds, and shows the purpose for which the flocks lay by the well; for the stone was not removed till all the flocks had been collected. Scott.

  • Verse 4

    And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

    Of Haran
    11:31; 24:10; 27:43; 28:10; Acts 7:2,4

  • Verse 5

    And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.

    son of
    24:24,29; 31:53

  • Verse 6

    And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.

    Is he well? Heb
    there peace to him?
    37:14; 43:27; Exodus 18:7; 1 Samuel 17:22; 25:5; 2 Samuel 20:9

  • Verse 7

    And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

    Galatians 6:9,10; Ephesians 5:16
    it is yet high day
    Heb. yet the day is great.

  • Verse 8

    And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.

    3; 34:14; 43:32
    Mark 16:3; Luke 24:2

  • Verse 9

    And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.

    24:15; Exodus 2:15,16,21; Song of Solomon 1:7,8
    for she kept them
    In those primitive times, a pastoral life was not only considered useful but honourable: nor was it beneath the dignity of the daughters of the most opulent chiefs to carry water from the well, or tend the sheep. Jacob, Moses, and David were shepherds.