Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

Then she said, “Here is my slave Bilhah. Go sleep with her, and she’ll bear children for me so that through her I too can build a family.”

New American Standard Bible

She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children.”

King James Version

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.

International Standard Version

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."

A Conservative Version

And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may obtain sons by her.

American Standard Version

And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may obtain children by her.

Amplified

And she said, See here, take my maid Bilhah and have intercourse with her; and [when the baby comes] she shall deliver it upon my knees, that I by her may also have children.

Bible in Basic English

Then she said, Here is my servant Bilhah, go in to her, so that she may have a child on my knees, and I may have a family by her.

Darby Translation

And she said, Behold, there is my maid, Bilhah: go in to her, in order that she may bear on my knees, and I may also be built up by her.

Julia Smith Translation

And she will say, Behold my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she shall bring forth upon my knees, and I also shall be built from her.

King James 2000

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.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Then she said, "Here [is] my servant girl Bilhah; go in to her that she may bear children {as my surrogate}. Then I will even {have children} by her."

Modern King James verseion

And she said, Behold my slave woman Bilhah; go in to her, and she shall bear upon my knees, and yea, let me be built up from her, me also.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then she said, "Here is my maid, Bilhah: go in unto her, that she may bear upon my lap, that I may be increased by her."

NET Bible

She replied, "Here is my servant Bilhah! Have sexual relations with her so that she can bear children for me and I can have a family through her."

New Heart English Bible

She said, "Behold, my maid Bilhah. Go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, and I also may obtain children by her."

The Emphasized Bible

And she said, Lo! my handmaid, Bilhah. Go in unto her, - that she may hear upon my knees, so that, I also, may be builded up by her!

Webster

And she said, Behold, my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

World English Bible

She said, "Behold, my maid Bilhah. Go in to her, that she may bear on my knees, and I also may obtain children by her."

Youngs Literal Translation

And she saith, 'Lo, my handmaid Bilhah, go in unto her, and she doth bear on my knees, and I am built up, even I, from her;'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
אמה 
'amah 
Usage: 56

בּלהה 
Bilhah 
Usage: 11

go in

come, bring, ... in, enter, go, carry, ...down, pass, ...out,
Usage: 0

ילד 
Yalad 
Usage: 497

upon my knees
בּרך 
Berek 
Usage: 25

בּנה 
Banah 
Usage: 376

Context Readings

Jacob's Children

2 Jacob became angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in God’s place, who has withheld children from you?” 3 Then she said, “Here is my slave Bilhah. Go sleep with her, and she’ll bear children for me so that through her I too can build a family.” 4 So Rachel gave her slave Bilhah to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her.



Cross References

Genesis 50:23

He saw Ephraim’s sons to the third generation; the sons of Manasseh’s son Machir were recognized by Joseph.

Job 3:12

Why did the knees receive me,
and why were there breasts for me to nurse?

Genesis 16:2-3

Sarai said to Abram, “Since the Lord has prevented me from bearing children, go to my slave; perhaps through her I can build a family.” And Abram agreed to what Sarai said.

Genesis 30:9

When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her slave Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

Ruth 4:11

The elders and all the people who were at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem.

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