1When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
2Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who
has kept you from having
3Then she said, “Here is
Bilhah, my servant. Sleep
with her so that she can bear children for me and
I too can build a family
4So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife.
Jacob slept with her,
5and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
6Then Rachel said, “God
has vindicated me; he has
listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because
of this she named him Dan.
7Rachel’s servant Bilhah
conceived again and bore
Jacob a second son.
8Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle
with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali.
9When Leah saw that she
had stopped having
children, she took her
servant Zilpah and gave
her to Jacob as a wife.
10Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11Then Leah said, “What
good fortune!” So she
named him Gad.
12Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13Then Leah said, “How
happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.
14During wheat harvest,
Reuben went out into the
fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother
Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
15But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that
you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?”
“Very well,” Rachel said,
“he can sleep with you tonight in return for your
16So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must
sleep with me,” she said.
“I have hired you with
my son’s mandrakes.” So
he slept with her that night.
17God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant
and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.” So she named
19Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a
precious gift. This time my husband will treat me
with honor, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him
21Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
22Then God remembered
Rachel; he listened to her
and enabled her to conceive.
23She became pregnant
and gave birth to a son
and said, “God has taken
away my disgrace.”
24She named him Joseph, and said, “May the Lord add to me another son.”
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