Genesis 30:3
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New International Version
Then 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 through her."

New Living Translation
Then Rachel told him, "Take my maid, Bilhah, and sleep with her. She will bear children for me, and through her I can have a family, too."

English Standard Version
Then she said, “Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf, that even I may have children through her.”

New American Standard Bible
She said, "Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children."

King James Bible
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then she said, "Here is my slave Bilhah. Go sleep with her, and she'll bear children for me so that through her I too can build a family."

International Standard Version
Rachel responded, "Here's my handmaid Bilhah. Go have sex with her. She can bear children on my knees so I can have children through her."

NET Bible
She replied, "Here is my servant Bilhah! Have sexual relations with her so that she can bear children for me and I can have a family through her."

New Heart English Bible
She said, "Behold, my maid Bilhah. Go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, and I also may obtain children by her."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She said, "Here's my servant Bilhah. Sleep with her. She can have children for me, and I can build a family for myself through her."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And she said: 'Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may be builded up through her.'

New American Standard 1977
And she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

King James 2000 Bible
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

American King James Version
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she shall bear on my knees, that I may also have children by her.

American Standard Version
And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may obtain children by her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But she said: I have here my servant Bala: go in unto her, that she may bear upon my knees, and I may have children by her.

Darby Bible Translation
And she said, Behold, there is my maid, Bilhah: go in to her, in order that she may bear on my knees, and I may also be built up by her.

English Revised Version
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may obtain children by her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

World English Bible
She said, "Behold, my maid Bilhah. Go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, and I also may obtain children by her."

Young's Literal Translation
And she saith, 'Lo, my handmaid Bilhah, go in unto her, and she doth bear on my knees, and I am built up, even I, from her;'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
30:1-13 Rachel envied her sister: envy is grieving at the good of another, than which no sin is more hateful to God, or more hurtful to our neighbours and ourselves. She considered not that God made the difference, and that in other things she had the advantage. Let us carefully watch against all the risings and workings of this passion in our minds. Let not our eye be evil towards any of our fellow-servants, because our Master's is good. Jacob loved Rachel, and therefore reproved her for what she said amiss. Faithful reproofs show true affection. God may be to us instead of any creature; but it is sin and folly to place any creature in God's stead, and to place that confidence in any creature, which should be placed in God only. At the persuasion of Rachel, Jacob took Bilhah her handmaid to wife, that, according to the usage of those times, her children might be owned as her mistress's children. Had not Rachel's heart been influenced by evil passions, she would have thought her sister's children nearer to her, and more entitled to her care than Bilhah's. But children whom she had a right to rule, were more desirable to her than children she had more reason to love. As an early instance of her power over these children, she takes pleasure in giving them names that carry in them marks of rivalry with her sister. See what roots of bitterness envy and strife are, and what mischief they make among relations. At the persuasion of Leah, Jacob took Zilpah her handmaid to wife also. See the power of jealousy and rivalship, and admire the wisdom of the Divine appointment, which joins together one man and one woman only; for God hath called us to peace and purity.
Study Bible
Dan and Naphtali
2Then Jacob's anger burned against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?" 3She said, "Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children." 4So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.…
Cross References
Genesis 16:2
So Sarai said to Abram, "Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her." And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.

Genesis 50:23
Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim's sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were born on Joseph's knees.

Job 3:12
"Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck?
Treasury of Scripture

And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she shall bear on my knees, that I may also have children by her.

Behold.

Genesis 30:9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, …

Genesis 16:2,3 And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, the LORD has restrained me from …

she shall.

Genesis 50:23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation…

Job 3:12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

have children by her. Heb. be built up by her.

Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, the LORD has restrained me from …

Ruth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We …

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