"seven years, as Jacob had for Rachel"

Rachel and Jacob by William Dyce
Public DomainRachel and Jacob by William Dyce - Credit: William Dyce
The biblical characters Jacob and Rachel appear in Genesis.  After arriving in Haran, Jacob met and fell in love with Rachel.  He began working for her father, Laban, and told him that he would work for seven years if at the end of those seven years Laban would allow him to marry Rachel.