Genesis 30:4
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.

Berean Study Bible
So Rachel gave Jacob her servant Bilhah as his wife, and he slept with 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Then Rachel let Jacob marry Bilhah,

Good News Translation
So she gave Bilhah to her husband, and he had intercourse with 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 HEB ▾ 
Dan and Naphtali
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, 5and Bilhah conceived and bore him a son.…
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 16:3
So after he had lived in Canaan for ten years, his wife Sarai took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to Abram to be his wife.

Genesis 16:4
And he slept with Hagar, and she conceived. But when Hagar realized that she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

Genesis 30:5
and Bilhah conceived and bore him a son.

Treasury of Scripture

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

to wife.

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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 …







Lexicon
So Rachel gave
וַתִּתֶּן־ (wat·tit·ten-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

[Jacob]
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

her servant
שִׁפְחָתָ֖הּ (šip̄·ḥā·ṯāh)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8198: Maid, maidservant

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

as his wife,
לְאִשָּׁ֑ה (lə·’iš·šāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

and [he]
יַעֲקֹֽב׃ (ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3290: Jacob -- a son of Isaac, also his desc

slept with
וַיָּבֹ֥א (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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