The love story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel is one of the most amazing love stories in the Old Testament. The biblical matriarch Leah was the wife of Jacob and the mother of six of the twelve tribes: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. The biblical matriarch Rachel was also the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.
Leah was the oldest daughter of Laban. The only physical description of her is that she had "weak eyes". Jacob married Leah because of a trick of Laban. Jacob ran to Haran to escape from his brother Esau. In Haran, Jacob fell in love with Rachel, Leah’s younger sister. He reached a deal with Laban that he would work for Laban seven years to marry Rachel. Jacob worked seven years and, at the end of that time, Laban made a feast at which he was to give his daughter to Jacob. Instead of giving him Rachel, Laban tricked Jacob and gave him Leah.
Jacob confronted Laban about the trickery and Laban agreed to give him Rachel seven years later, provided Jacob would work for him additional seven years. Jacob agreed, married Rachel, and loved Rachel more than Leah. This hurt Leah and God consoled her with children.
According to Bible Scriptures, after Leah had given birth to four sons, Rachel remained unable to conceive. She became jealous of Leah and gave Jacob her maidservant, Bilhah, to be a surrogate mother for her. Bilhah gave birth to two sons: Dan and Naphtali. After Leah conceived again, Rachel was finally blessed with a son, Joseph, who would become Jacob's favorite child, according to the Torah.