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She said, “Here, take my maid Bilhah and go in to her; and [when the baby comes] she shall [a]deliver it [while sitting] on my knees, so that by her I may also have children [to count as my own].” So she gave him Bilhah her maid as a [[b]secondary] wife, and Jacob went in to her. Bilhah conceived and gave birth to a son for Jacob.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 30:3 This ritual symbolized that the wife was providing the child for her husband through a surrogate mother.
  2. Genesis 30:4 I.e. concubine (see note 22:24).

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