Seeing her in all her natural charm and beauty, Jacob loved her.
From the first moment Jacob saw Rachel he loved her, and she became his choice as a wife.
But while she alone was in the heart of her lover, “the real choice was not Jacob’s but God’s, and for the first place God had chosen Leah.” In his second marriage, Rachel only received half of Jacob, the other half had been given to her rival sister.
Leah bore Jacob six stalwart sons, Rachel was the mother of only two: but the sons of Rachel were dearer to him than the sons of Leah.” Jacob is outstanding among male lovers in the Bible for the true, romantic, abiding love he bore for Rachel.
Whether such a deep and ardent love was reciprocated we are not told.
Rachel became the second wife of her cousin Jacob and the mother of his two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.
(Compare material under .)As we have already shown, the characteristic feature of the Bible in pairing certain individuals, compelling us to compare and contrast the lives they lived together, makes it difficult to separate any couple and deal exclusively with one or the other.
While Leah might have had “the keys of Jacob’s house, Rachel had the keys of his heart.
Leah seems to have influenced his judgment: Rachel never ceased to hold his love.
Probably the tears Jacob shed were those of gratitude to God in bringing him to his mother’s relatives, and also tears of joy because he knew instinctively that the lovely maiden he kissed would be his wife.