New Living Translation
When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.
King James Bible
And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Darby Bible Translation
And when Jehovah saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
World English Bible
Yahweh saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah seeth that Leah is the hated one, and He openeth her womb, and Rachel is barren;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
29:31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated - That is, loved less than Rachel, in which sense it is required that we hate father and mother, in comparison with Christ, Luke 14:26, then the Lord granted her a child, which was a rebuke to Jacob for making so great a difference between those he was equally related to; a check to Rachel, who, perhaps insulted over her sister upon that account; and a comfort to Leah, that she might not be overwhelmed with the contempt put upon her.
The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"God also gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision at that time. So when Abraham became the father of Isaac, he circumcised him on the eighth day. And the practice was continued when Isaac became the father of Jacob, and when Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs of the Israelite nation.
So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.
So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "The LORD has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me."
When Rachel saw that she wasn't having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!"
Then Jacob became furious with Rachel. "Am I God?" he asked. "He's the one who has kept you from having children!"
Then God remembered Rachel's plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children.
The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob's oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
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