Jacob’s Sons

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved,(A) He opened her womb;(B) but Rachel was unable to conceive.(C)

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The Right of the Firstborn

15 “If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved bear him sons, and if the unloved wife has the firstborn son, 16 when that man gives what he has to his sons as an inheritance, he is not to show favoritism to the son of the loved wife as his firstborn over the firstborn of the unloved wife. 17 He must acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved wife, by giving him two shares[a][b] of his estate, for he is the firstfruits of his virility; he has the rights of the firstborn.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 21:17 Lit mouth of two, or two mouthfuls
  2. Deuteronomy 21:17 Or two-thirds; the two-thirds interpretation holds that the firstborn son receives two-thirds of the total estate no matter how many sons are in the family.

Violations of Proper Sexual Conduct

13 “If a man marries a woman, has sexual relations with her, and comes to hate her,

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16 The young woman’s father will say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, but he hates her.

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“I was sure you hated her,” her father said, “so I gave her to one of the men who accompanied you. Isn’t her younger sister more beautiful than she is? Why not take her instead?”

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23 an unloved woman when she marries,(A)
and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.

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