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Book of Genesis Infertility Quotes

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Quote #4

Then she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees and that I too may have children through her." (NRSV 30:3)

And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. (KJV 30:3)

First things first: "go into her" = have sex with her. Genesis loves it some euphemisms. Back to the story: didn't Rachel learn the surrogacy lesson from Sarah? Are the results any different his time?

Quote #5

When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. (NRSV 30:9)

When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. (KJV 30:9)

Even though Leah has children, she decides to use her maid Zilpah as a surrogate to produce more. Is this about being fruitful and multiplying (God's words, not ours), or is it just about beating Rebekah?

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