When Rachel saw that she wasn't having any children, she became jealous of her sister. "Give me children, or I'll die!" she exclaimed to Jacob.
Jacob flew into a rage. "Am I God?" he asked. "He is the only one able to give you children!"
Then Rachel told him, "Sleep with my servant, Bilhah, and she will bear children for me."
So Rachel gave him Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob slept with her.
Bilhah became pregnant and presented him with a son.
Rachel named him Dan, a for she said, "God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son."
Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son.
Rachel named him Naphtali, b for she said, "I have had an intense struggle with my sister, and I am winning!"
Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn't getting pregnant anymore, so she gave her servant, Zilpah, to Jacob to be his wife.
Soon Zilpah presented him with another son.
Leah named him Gad, c for she said, "How fortunate I am!"
Then Zilpah produced a second son,
and Leah named him Asher, d for she said, "What joy is mine! The other women will consider me happy indeed!"
One day during the wheat harvest, Reuben found some mandrakes growing in a field and brought the roots to his mother, Leah. Rachel begged Leah to give some of them to her.
But Leah angrily replied, "Wasn't it enough that you stole my husband? Now will you steal my son's mandrake roots, too?"Rachel said, "I will let him sleep with you tonight in exchange for the mandrake roots."
So that evening, as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me tonight!" she said. "I have paid for you with some mandrake roots my son has found." So Jacob slept with her.
And God answered her prayers. She became pregnant again and gave birth to her fifth son.
She named him Issachar, e for she said, "God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband as a wife."
Then she became pregnant again and had a sixth son.
She named him Zebulun, f for she said, "God has given me good gifts for my husband. Now he will honor me, for I have given him six sons."
Later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
Then God remembered Rachel's plight and answered her prayers by giving her a child.
She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. "God has removed my shame," she said.
And she named him Joseph, g for she said, "May the LORD give me yet another son."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)