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Genesis 30:1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die."

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      Ge 30:1-24. DOMESTIC JEALOUSIES.

      1. Rachel envied her sister--The maternal relation confers a high degree of honor in the East, and the want of that status is felt as a stigma and deplored as a grievous calamity.
      Give me children, or else I die--either be reckoned as good as dead, or pine away from vexation. The intense anxiety of Hebrew women for children arose from the hope of giving birth to the promised seed. Rachel's conduct was sinful and contrasts unfavorably with that of Rebekah (compare Ge 25:22) and of Hannah (1Sa 1:11).

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Brief Summary: Jacob marries Rachel's servant Bilhah and she bears him Dan and Naphtali, Jacob also marries Leah's servant Zilpah and she bears him Gad and Asher, Leah bears Issachar and Zebulun and a daughter named Dinah, Rachel also conceives and bears Joseph, Jacob works for Laban his wages are cattle and sheep.

Outline
1 Rachel gives Bilhah her maid unto Jacob
5 She bears Dan and Naphtali
9 Leah gives Zilpah her maid, who bears Gad and Asher
17 Leah bears Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah.
22 Rachel bears Joseph
23 Jacob desires to depart
27 Laban keeps him there on a new covenant
37 God blesses Jacob whereby he became rich.

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