Genesis 30:4
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New International Version
So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,

New Living Translation
So Rachel gave her servant, Bilhah, to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her.

English Standard Version
So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

New American Standard Bible
So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

King James Bible
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Rachel gave her slave Bilhah to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her.

International Standard Version
So Rachel gave Jacob her woman servant Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob had sex with her.

NET Bible
So Rachel gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob had marital relations with her.

New Heart English Bible
She gave him Bilhah her handmaid as wife, and Jacob went in to her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So she gave him her slave Bilhah as his wife, and Jacob slept with her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her.

New American Standard 1977
So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her.

King James 2000 Bible
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid as his wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

American King James Version
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in to her.

American Standard Version
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she gave him Bala in marriage: who,

Darby Bible Translation
And she gave him Bilhah her maidservant as wife, and Jacob went in to her.

English Revised Version
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she gave him Bilhah, her handmaid, for a wife: and Jacob went in to her.

World English Bible
She gave him Bilhah her handmaid as wife, and Jacob went in to her.

Young's Literal Translation
and she giveth to him Bilhah her maid-servant for a wife, and Jacob goeth in unto her;
Study Bible
Dan and Naphtali
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. 5Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.…
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 16:3
After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.

Genesis 16:4
He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.

Genesis 30:5
Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
Treasury of Scripture

And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in to her.

to wife.

Genesis 16:3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram …

Genesis 21:10 Why she said to Abraham, Cast out this female slave and her son: …

Genesis 22:24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bore also Tebah, and …

Genesis 25:1,6 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah…

Genesis 33:2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and …

Genesis 35:22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben …

2 Samuel 12:11 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out …

Verse 4. - And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her. "Whence we gather that there is no end of sin where once the Divine institution of marriage is neglected" (Calvin). Jacob began with polygamy, and is now drawn into concubinage. Though God overruled this for the development of the seed of Israel, he did not thereby condone the offense of either Jacob or Rachel. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid,.... To be enjoyed as a wife, though she was no other than a concubine; yet such were sometimes called wives, and were secondary ones, and were under the proper lawful wife, nor did their children inherit; but those which Jacob had by his wives' maids did inherit with the rest:

and Jacob went in unto her; consenting to what Rachel his wife proposed to him: having concubines, as well as more wives than one, were not thought criminal in those times, and were suffered of God, and in this case for the multiplication of Jacob's seed; and perhaps he might the more readily comply with the motion of his wife, from the example of his grandfather Abraham, who took Hagar to wife at the instance of Sarah. 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.
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