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Chapter 28

In much the same way that the story of Eliezer Abraham's servant's selection of Rebekah as a wife for Isaac is missing, so too is that of Jacob's first meeting with Rachel, along with the line "and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her":
He went on his journey, and came to the land of the east, to Laban, the brother of Rebecca. He was with him, and served him for Rachel his daughter one week [of years].
When Laban fobs Jacob off with Leah, and responds to Jacob's remonstrances with "It is not the done thing in our country to marry off the younger daughter before the older", the angelic narrator of Jubilees adds:
It is indeed not right to do this; for thus it is ordained and written in the heavenly tablets, that no one should give his younger daughter before the elder; but the elder, one gives first and after her the younger; the man who does so, they set down guilt against him in heaven, and none is righteous that does this thing, for this deed is evil before the Lord. Now command the children of Israel that they do not this thing; let them neither take nor give the younger before they have given the elder, for it is very wicked.

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