And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall your wages be?…
I. THE FOUR CONDITIONS OF A TRUE HOME.
1. There must be a supreme affection (ver. 18). No two should marry unless each feels that life without the other would be incomplete.
2. Marriage must be "only in the Lord" (see Deuteronomy 7:3; 1 Corinthians 7:39;
2. Corinthians 1 Corinthians 6:14,15). A mixed marriage is a prolific source of misery. The ungodly partner despises the Christian for marrying in the teeth of principle. The Christian is disappointed because the apparent influence gained before marriage is dissipated soon after the knot is irrevocably tied.
3. A true home should be based on the good will of parents and friends (Genesis 28:1-5).
4. There should be some prospect of suitable livelihood.
II. THE EXPULSIVE POWER OF SUPREME AFFECTION (ver. 20). Love's labour is always light.
(F. B. Meyer, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?