Bilhah, the servant of Rachel, Genesis 29:29 :30:1-30

Bilhah, the handmaid or servant of Rachel, had two sons, Dan and Naphtali, whose father was Jacob.

It was the custom of those times if the wife was barren. Then a another woman would bare children for her.

Bilhah was not from the family of Laban but a servant in the extended household.

Her Hebrew name means: tender.

Background Reading:

Bilhah was given as a maidservant in Genesis 29:29

29 Laban also gave his woman servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her maidservant.

Rachel’s Children by Bilhah

30:1 Rachel noticed that she was not bearing children for Jacob, so because she envied her sister Leah, she told Jacob, “If you don’t give me sons, I’m going to die!”

2 That made Jacob angry with Rachel, so he asked her, “Can I take God’s place, who has not allowed you to conceive?”

3 Rachel responded, “Here’s my handmaid Bilhah. Go have sex with her. She can bear children on my knees so I can have children through her.”

4 So Rachel gave Jacob her woman servant Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob had sex with her. 5 Bilhah conceived and bore a son for Jacob. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me! He has heard my voice and has given me a son.” Therefore, she named him Dan.

7 Rachel’s servant conceived again and bore a second son for Jacob, 8 so Rachel said, “I’ve been through a mighty struggle with my sister and won.” She named him Naphtali.
Genesis 30:1-8

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