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People: Laban

Laban

Rebekah's brother, Jacob's uncle and father-in-law, Rachel and Leah's father.

Background

A wealthy shepherd who lived near Haran Laban was Jacob's uncle.  Jacob agreed to work for Laban for seven years in order to marry Laban's daughter Rachel. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his other daughter Leah first, then got Jacob to work seven more years for Rachel.  Jacob became wealthy working for Laban and eventually slipped away from Laban to return home, taking large flocks and herds with him.  Laban reluctantly let him go.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus