Genesis 30:3
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.”

Berean Study Bible
Then she said, “Here is my maidservant Bilhah. Sleep with her, and she will bear children for me, so that through her I too can build a family.”

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
"Here, take my servant Bilhah," Rachel told him. "Have children by her, and I'll let them be born on my knees to show that they are mine."

Good News Translation
She said, "Here is my slave Bilhah; sleep with her, so that she can have a child for me. In this way I can become a mother through 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, "Look, 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Rachel said to Jacob, Behold my handmaid Balla, go in to her, and she shall bear upon my knees, and I also shall have 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;'
Study Bible
Dan and Naphtali
2Jacob became angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld children from you?” 3Then she said, “Here is my maidservant Bilhah. Sleep with her, and she will bear children for me, so that through her I too can build a family.” 4So Rachel gave Jacob her servant Bilhah as his wife, and he slept with her,…
Cross References
Genesis 16:2
So Sarai said to Abram, "Look now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please go to my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family by her." Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.

Genesis 50:23
He saw Ephraim's sons to the third generation, and indeed the sons of Machir son of Manasseh were brought up on Joseph's knees.

Job 3:12
Why were there knees to receive me, and breasts that I should be nursed?

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, and gave her Jacob to wife.

Genesis 16:2,3
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…

she shall.

Genesis 50:23
And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.

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

have children by her.

Genesis 16:2
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.

Ruth 4:11
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:







Lexicon
Then she said,
וַתֹּ֕אמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Here
הִנֵּ֛ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

is my maidservant
אֲמָתִ֥י (’ă·mā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 519: A maidservant, female slave

Bilhah.
בִלְהָ֖ה (ḇil·hāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1090: Bilhah -- a concubine of Jacob

Sleep with
בֹּ֣א (bō)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

her,
אֵלֶ֑יהָ (’ê·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

and she will bear children
וְתֵלֵד֙ (wə·ṯê·lêḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

[for me],
בִּרְכַּ֔י (bir·kay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1290: The knee

so that through her
מִמֶּֽנָּה׃ (mim·men·nāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

I
אָנֹכִ֖י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

too
גַם־ (ḡam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

can build a family.”
וְאִבָּנֶ֥ה (wə·’ib·bā·neh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build
(3) Behold my maid Bilhah.--Rachel had little excuse for this action; for there was no religious hope involved, as when Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham (Genesis 16:2), but solely vexation at her own barrenness, and envy of her sister. All that can be said in her defence is, that the custom existed, and, perhaps, because it was distasteful to the wife, was looked upon as meritorious (Genesis 30:18).

She shall bear upon my knees.--So in Genesis 1:23, it is said, in the Hebrew, that "the children of Machir were born upon Joseph's knees," not borne, as in our margin. It appears that there was a custom of placing the new-born child upon the knees, first of the father, who, by accepting it. acknowledged the infant as his own; and secondly, upon those of the mother. In this case, as Bilhah's children were regarded as legally born of Rachel, they would be placed upon Rachel's knees. Probably, too, the children of Machir, by being placed upon Joseph's knees, were in some way adopted by him.

That I may also have children by her.--Heb., be built by her. (See Note on Genesis 16:2.)

Verse 3. - And she said, - resorting to the sinful expedient of Sarah (Genesis 16:2), though without Sarah's excuse, since there was no question whatever about an heir for Jacob; which, even if there had been, would not have justified a practice which, in the case of her distinguished relative, had been so palpably condemned - Behold my maid Bilhah (vide Genesis 29:29), go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, - i.e. children that I may place upon my knees, as mothers do (Piscator, A Lapide, Calvin, Rosenmüller, Lange, Ainsworth); the literal sense of the words being too absurd to require refutation - that I may also have children - literally, be builded up (cf. Genesis 16:2) - by her. 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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