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Leah was Laban's oldest daughter. She became Jacob's first wife and the mother of six of his sons. Jacob, however, was in love with Leah's younger sister, Rachel. Jacob had agreed to work for Laban for seven years to get permission to take Rachel as his bride. However, Laban tricked him into marrying Leah. Jacob kept Leah as his wife but worked another seven years for Laban so that he could also marry Rachel.

Leah gave birth to Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. When she stopped producing children, she gave Jacob her handmaid, Zilpah, who bore two other children, Gad and Asher. Gad and Asher were considered Leah's legal sons. Later, Leah bore two more sons, Issachar and Zebulun, and a daughter named Dinah. When Leah died she was buried in the family tomb of Machpelah in Hebron (Genesis 49:30-31).

The story of Leah is found in Genesis, chapters 29-35.

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