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  • Brenda Riley on Genesis 29:17 - 3 years ago
    What does tender eyed mean?
  • Chris - In Reply on Genesis 29:17 - 3 years ago
    The Bible doesn't expand on Leah's 'tender eye' except to compare her to Rachel's beauty. The Hebrew word used for 'tender eye' means "weak or soft, wanting in clearness or brilliancy". So we cannot know for sure how Leah appeared but it may well have been eye lids that drooped or defective pupil alignment (just my thoughts). Whatever, Jacob was taken with Rachel' beauty, but Dad, Laban wanted the opportunity to have Leah married off first, so you have probably read of that deception in the rest of that chapter.

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