|New International Version (© 2011)|
so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
King James Bible
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
American Standard Version
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, Jehovah hath restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Young's Literal Translation
and Sarai saith unto Abram, 'Lo, I pray thee, Jehovah hath restrained me from bearing, go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; perhaps I am built up from her;' and Abram hearkeneth to the voice of Sarai.
Genesis 16:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Go in unto my maid - It must not be forgotten that female slaves constituted a part of the private patrimony or possessions of a wife, and that she had a right, according to the usages of those times, to dispose of them as she pleased, the husband having no authority in the case.
I may obtain children by her - The slave being the absolute property of the mistress, not only her person, but the fruits of her labor, with all her children, were her owner's property also.
The children, therefore, which were born of the slave, were considered as the children of the mistress. It was on this ground that Sarai gave her slave to Abram; and we find, what must necessarily be the consequence in all cases of polygamy, that strifes and contentions took place.
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Genesis 17:16 And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her: yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations...
Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return to you according to the time of life; and, see, Sarah your wife shall have a son...
Genesis 20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.
Genesis 25:21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Genesis 30:2,3,9,22 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb...
Psalm 127:3 See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Hebrews be builded.
Genesis 30:3,6 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...
Exodus 21:4 If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's...
Ruth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses...
Genesis 3:1-6,12,17 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said...
Genesis 16:2 Parallel CommentariesAbram Bear Bearing Build Builded Children Handmaid Hearkened Hearkeneth Kept Maid Maidservant Obtain Perhaps Please Prevented Restrained Sarai Sar'ai Servant Shut Sleep VoiceAbram Bear Bearing Build Builded Children Handmaid Hearkened Hearkeneth Kept Maid Maidservant Obtain Perhaps Please Prevented Restrained Sarai Sar'ai Servant Shut Sleep VoiceTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Genesis 30:3 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."
Genesis 30:4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,