29Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. 2As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the wells mouth was large, 3and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well. 4Jacob said to them, My brothers, where do you come from? They said, We are from Haran. 5He said to them, Do you know Laban son of Nahor? They said, We do. 6He said to them, Is it well with him? Yes, they replied, and here is his daughter Rachel, coming with the sheep. 7He said, Look, it is still broad daylight; it is not time for the animals to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them. 8But they said, We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.
9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her fathers sheep; for she kept them. 10Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mothers brother Laban, and the sheep of his mothers brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the wells mouth, and watered the flock of his mothers brother Laban. 11Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. 12And Jacob told Rachel that he was her fathers kinsman, and that he was Rebekahs son; and she ran and told her father. 13When Laban heard the news about his sisters son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14and Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh! And he stayed with him a month.
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