After working for Laban for a month, Laban said, “Even though we are relatives, it’s not fair that you should work for me for nothing. What do you think would be a fair wage?”
“Sir,” Jacob said, “I love your younger daughter, Rachel; and with your blessing, I’d like to marry her. I’d be willing to work seven years for her hand in marriage.” “It’s a deal,” Laban said.
Because Jacob loved Rachel, the seven years passed quickly. On the day of the wedding, Jacob received a surprise. He discovered instead of marrying Rachel, he had married her older sister, Leah. “Why have you done this to me?” Jacob asked Laban. “I’ve served you for seven years. Why have you deceived me?”
“It’s like this,” Laban said. “Our custom does not permit the younger daughter to be married before her older sister; but, I’ll tell you what…if you work another seven years, you may, also, marry Rachel.” [Reflection based on the Bible Reference – Genesis 29:14-30]