And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.…
This discloses a baseness in Laban's character, arousing contempt and aversion; but it ought not to blind us against the redeeming qualities of his heart. In the human mind, fragrant flowers often blossom surprisingly by the side of noxious weeds. The deceit of Laban was practicable, on account of the custom by which the bride is, on the day of marriage, conducted veiled to her future husband.
(M. M. Kalisch, Ph. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.