30 Rachel was very jealous of Leah for having children, and she said to Jacob, “I’ll die if you don’t give me some children!”
2 But Jacob became upset with Rachel and answered, “Don’t blame me! I’m not God.”
3 “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.”
4 Then Rachel let Jacob marry Bilhah, 5 and they had a son. 6 Rachel named him Dan,[a] because she said, “God has answered my prayers. He has judged me and given me a son.” 7 When Bilhah and Jacob had a second son, 8 Rachel said, “I’ve struggled hard with my sister, and I’ve won!” So she named the boy Naphtali.[b]
9 When Leah realized she could not have any more children, she let Jacob marry her servant Zilpah, 10 and they had a son. 11 “I’m really lucky,” Leah said, and she named the boy Gad.[c]12 When they had another son, 13 Leah exclaimed, “I’m happy now, and all the women will say how happy I am.” So she named him Asher.[d]
14 During the time of the wheat harvest, Reuben found some love flowers[e] and took them to his mother Leah. Rachel asked Leah for some of them, 15 but Leah said, “It’s bad enough that you stole my husband! Now you want my son’s love flowers too.”
“All right,” Rachel answered. “Let me have the flowers, and you can sleep with Jacob tonight.”
16 That evening when Jacob came in from the fields, Leah told him, “You’re sleeping with me tonight. I hired you with my son’s love flowers.”
They slept together that night, 17 and God answered Leah’s prayers by giving her a fifth son. 18 Leah shouted, “God has rewarded me for letting Jacob marry my servant,” and she named the boy Issachar.[f]
19 When Leah had another son, 20 she exclaimed, “God has given me a wonderful gift, and my husband will praise me for giving him six sons.” So she named the boy Zebulun.[g]21 Later, Leah had a daughter and named her Dinah.
22-23 Finally, God remembered Rachel—he answered her prayer by giving her a son. “God has taken away my disgrace,” she said. 24 “I’ll name the boy Joseph,[h] and I’ll pray that the Lord will give me another son.”
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