Bible: Genesis 30:1-24

30:1 When Rachel saw that she could not give Jacob children, she 1  became jealous of her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children 2  or I’ll die! 30:2 Jacob became furious 3  with Rachel and exclaimed, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children? 4  30:3 She replied, “Here is my servant Bilhah! Have sexual relations with 5  her so that she can bear 6  children 7  for me 8  and I can have a family through her.” 9 

30:4 So Rachel 10  gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob had marital relations with 11  her. 30:5 Bilhah became pregnant 12  and gave Jacob a son. 13  30:6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me. He has responded to my prayer 14  and given me a son.” That is why 15  she named him Dan. 16 

30:7 Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, became pregnant again and gave Jacob another son. 17  30:8 Then Rachel said, “I have fought a desperate struggle with my sister, but I have won.” 18  So she named him Naphtali. 19 

30:9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she gave 20  her servant Zilpah to Jacob as a wife. 30:10 Soon Leah’s servant Zilpah gave Jacob a son. 21  30:11 Leah said, “How fortunate!” 22  So she named him Gad. 23 

30:12 Then Leah’s servant Zilpah gave Jacob another son. 24  30:13 Leah said, “How happy I am, 25  for women 26  will call me happy!” So she named him Asher. 27 

30:14 At the time 28  of the wheat harvest Reuben went out and found some mandrake plants 29  in a field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 30:15 But Leah replied, 30 Wasn’t it enough that you’ve taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes too?” “All right,” 31  Rachel said, “he may sleep 32  with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” 30:16 When Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must sleep 33  with me because I have paid for your services 34  with my son’s mandrakes.” So he had marital relations 35  with her that night. 30:17 God paid attention 36  to Leah; she became pregnant 37  and gave Jacob a son for the fifth time. 38  30:18 Then Leah said, “God has granted me a reward 39  because I gave my servant to my husband as a wife.” 40  So she named him Issachar. 41 

30:19 Leah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a son for the sixth time. 42  30:20 Then Leah said, “God has given me a good gift. Now my husband will honor me because I have given him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. 43 

30:21 After that she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

30:22 Then God took note of 44  Rachel. He paid attention to her and enabled her to become pregnant. 45  30:23 She became pregnant 46  and gave birth to a son. Then she said, “God has taken away my shame.” 47  30:24 She named him Joseph, 48  saying, “May the Lord give me yet another son.”

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