|Jacob & Laban as depicted by Restout|
Jacob was willing to work with his uncle Laban in return for his younger daughter Rachel. Laban appears to agree with the “wages” for the young man’s labor. After all, to summarize Laban’s words in verse 19, it would be better than Jacob have her than some other man. As the passage reads in more than one place, Jacob loved Rachel.
One of my favorite songs is Bobby Caldwell’s What you Won’t Do for Love. It appears that before such a song was even recorded, Jacob demonstrated that love will take you on a strange ride. It drove Jacob to work for seven years to get the one he loved.
Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years. – Genesis 29:30 (NIV)