The younger daughter of Laban, and favourite wife of Jacob (Ge 29:28-30), who married her after her sister Leah. In the quarrel between Jacob and Laban, she, as well as Leah, took the part of Jacob (Ge 31:14-16). When leaving her father, she stole his household divinities, the teraphim (Ge 31:19)
And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel, his daughter, for a wife also. And Laban gave to Rachel, his daughter, Bilhah, his handmaid, to be her maid. read more. And he went in also to Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
And Rachel and Leah answered, and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? Are we not counted by him strangers; for he hath sold us, and hath quite consumed also our money. read more. For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then whatever God hath said to thee, do.
And Laban went to shear his sheep; and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.
And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor.
And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Beth-lehem.
And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Beth-lehem. And Jacob set a pillar on her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.
And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan, in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath, the same is Beth-lehem.
And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that hath come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth-lehem:
Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou art little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.