So, Jacob wins out over Esau. The most clever and deserving wins and takes all. Now down to the business of his own life, Jacob wants to settle down and falls in love with Rachel, the second daughter of Laban. In order to prove his worth, he serves Laban for seven years. Then, on what is supposed to be his nuptial night, Laban gives him Leah, the eldest daughter, not Rachel.
This is why it’s important to have the lights on at first.Difficult since incandescent lighting won’t be invented for a few thousand years, but, maybe asking for the name or otherwise checking to see which daughter you just married would be a good idea. There’s a bit of irony here since Jacob has just been duped in a similar manner to how he duped his father Isaac, minus the extra body hair.
Jacob naturally complained, but Laban just said that he couldn’t give away the second daughter before the first was married off. To him it was an implicit part of the contract. But now Jacob had to serve for another 7 years in order to marry Rachel.
Fourteen years is kind of a long engagement, especially when you spend the time working for your future father-in-law.