Book of Genesis
Book of Genesis Infertility Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
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?
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?