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

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

Darby Bible Translation
And she gave him Bilhah her maidservant as 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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She shall bear upon my knees - The handmaid was the sole property of the mistress, as has already been remarked in the case of Hagar; and therefore not only all her labor, but even the children borne by her, were the property of the mistress. These female slaves, therefore, bore children vicariously for their mistresses; and this appears to be the import of the term, she shall bear upon my knees.

That I may also have children by her - ואבנה ממנה veibbaneh mimmennah, and I shall be built up by her. Hence בן ben, a son or child, from בנה banah, to build; because, as a house is formed of the stones, etc., that enter into its composition, so is a family by children.

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to wife.

Genesis 16:3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan...

Genesis 21:10 Why she said to Abraham, Cast out this female slave and her son: for the son of this female slave shall not be heir with my son...

Genesis 22:24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bore also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.

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 her children after, and Rachel and Joseph last.

Genesis 35:22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it...

2 Samuel 12:11 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes...

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Meditations for Household Piety.
1. If thou be called to the government of a family, thou must not hold it sufficient to serve God and live uprightly in thy own person, unless thou cause all under thy charge to do the same with thee. For the performance of this duty God was so well pleased with Abraham, that he would not hide from him his counsel: "For," saith God, "I know him that he will command his sons and his household after him that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
Genesis 16:2
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.

Genesis 16:3
So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.

Genesis 16:4
He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

Genesis 30:5
and she became pregnant and bore him a son.

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