Commentary on
The Book of Jasher
Chapter 31:1-10.

XXXI:1  And in the seventh year, Jacob’s service which he served Laban was completed, and Jacob
          said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for the days of my service are fulfilled; and Laban did so,
          and Laban and Jacob assembled all the people of that place and they made a feast.
XXXI:2  And in the evening Laban came to the house, and afterward Jacob came there with the
          people of the feast, and Laban extinguished all the lights that were there in the house.
XXXI:3  And Jacob said unto Laban, Wherefore dost thou do this thing unto us? And Laban
          answered, Such is our custom to act in this land.
XXXI:4  And afterward Laban took his daughter Leah, and he brought her to Jacob, and he came to
          her and Jacob did not know that she was Leah.
XXXI:5  And Laban gave his daughter Leah his maid Zilpah for a handmaid.
XXXI:6  And all the people at the feast knew what Laban had done to Jacob, but they did not tell
          the thing to Jacob.
XXXI:7  And all the neighbors came that night to Jacob’s house, and they ate and drank and
          rejoiced, and played before Leah upon timbrels, and with dances, and they responded before
          Jacob, Heleah, Heleah.
(Composed of two Hebrew word, He Leah, i.e. “She is Leah.” )
XXXI:8  And Jacob heard their words but did not understand their meaning, but he thought such
          might be their custom in this land.
XXXI:9  And the neighbors spoke these words before Jacob during the night, and all the lights that
          were in the house Laban had that night extinguished.
XXXI:10  And in the morning, when daylight appeared, Jacob turned to his wife and he saw, and
          behold it was Leah that had been lying in his bosom, and Jacob said, Behold now I know what
          the neighbors said last night, Heleah, they said, and I knew it not.


Commentary on Jasher XXXI:1
(21 April 2009): 

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:       21 April 2009
Latest Update:           21 April 2009

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