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Genesis 29 vs. 31-35 with Betty

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  Jacob’s Children

 31 And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

K.J.V. Bible Text

 My Thoughts:

 Whether or not Rachel felt contempt for her sister because Jacob loved her more, Leah knew she was unloved and it was a source of misery.

The Lord blessed Leah with sons (four of them—Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah) while leaving Rachel childless. I am sure that Leah, like mothers everywhere in every time, experienced joy and pleasure in her sons; but her sons did not change her husband’s feelings for her.  Yet she praised the Lord at the birth of her fourth son. Then, as the scripture says, “she stopped having children.”

Although the Lord was perfectly able to stop Leah from producing more children regardless of her relationship with Jacob, I am inclined to believe that Leah gave up trying to win her husband’s love and approval and gave up trying to lure him to her bed. Leah must, in fact, have been very unhappy; and I’m thinking that Rachel must have been unhappy as well because in those days, bearing children was a duty and responsibility and as yet, Rachel had none. 

Betty Killebrew

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