What does Genesis 29:9 mean?
ESV: While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father 's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
NIV: While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd.
NASB: While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
CSB: While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
NLT: Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father’s flock, for she was a shepherd.
KJV: And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.
NKJV: Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
Verse Commentary:
Jacob has learned from a group of shepherds gathered with their sheep near a well in a field that they are from Haran, Jacob's destination (Genesis 28:1–2). In fact, it turns out they know Jacob's uncle Laban, the very man Jacob has travelled to stay with. Even more, Laban's daughter is arriving with another flock of sheep at this very moment. Her name is Rachel, and she is a shepherdess.

Jacob has attempted to order the waiting shepherds to water their flocks and get back out into the field. As one would expect, since he's a stranger, the men did not obey his request (Genesis 29:7–8). According to them, it's necessary to wait until all of the flocks are assembled before they'll roll away the heavy stone covering the mouth of the well.

This story represents an interesting parallel to the experiences of Jacob's own mother, Rebekah. A servant sent by Abraham, Jacob's grandfather, was sent to find a wife for Isaac, Jacob's father (Genesis 24:2–4). That man located Rebekah by using a test performed at a well in this same region (Genesis 24:13–14).
Verse Context:
Genesis 29:1–30 describes Jacob's arrival at his uncle's household. Laban is happy to see his nephew, likely for the first time. Jacob falls in love with Laban's more attractive daughter, Rachel, and agrees to work for Laban seven years to marry her. On the wedding night, however, Laban treacherously switches Rachel for her older sister Leah. Jacob agrees to marry Rachel the next week, but now must work another seven years.
Chapter Summary:
Jacob's journey from his home brings him to his uncle's household in Haran. He falls in love with Laban's younger daughter Rachel and agrees to work for Laban for seven years to marry her. When the time comes, Laban switches out Rachel for her older, less attractive sister Leah. Jacob is surprised to find he has consummated the marriage with the wrong sister. Manipulative Laban assures Jacob he can still marry Rachel the next week, as long as he will work another seven years. Jacob loves Rachel more than Leah, but with the Lord's help, unloved Leah bears Jacob his first four sons.
Chapter Context:
The previous chapter described Jacob fleeing from home to seek his uncle in Mesopotamia. This was both to escape the rage of his brother, Esau, and to look for a suitable wife. Now Jacob arrives and falls in love with his uncle's daughter Rachel. After working seven years to marry her, Jacob is tricked by his uncle into marrying the older daughter, Leah, instead. Laban allows Jacob to marry Rachel, as well, in exchange for another seven years' work. Though she is unloved by Jacob, the Lord notices Leah's heartbreak and allows her to bear four sons. In the next chapter, Rachel's jealousy sets off something of a birth war, as she and Leah compete to obtain children.
Book Summary:
The book of Genesis establishes fundamental truths about God. Among these are His role as the Creator, His holiness, His hatred of sin, His love for mankind, and His willingness to provide for our redemption. We learn not only where mankind has come from, but why the world is in its present form. The book also presents the establishment of Israel, God's chosen people. Many of the principles given in other parts of Scripture depend on the basic ideas presented here in the book of Genesis. Within the framework of the Bible, Genesis explains the bare-bones history of the universe leading up to the captivity of Israel in Egypt, setting the stage for the book of Exodus.
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