Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob
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The youngest daughter of Laban, a sheep herder from Mesopotamia and brother of Rebekah. Jacob met Rachel, a shepherdess, at the well in Haran where she was taking care of her father’s sheep. Jacob rolled the stone away from the well and watered her sheep (Genesis 29:10).
Rachel was attractive (Hebrew: yapeh mar’eh) (Genesis 29:17). She became Jacob’s second, but favorite, wife because of her father’s trickery by giving him Leah instead of Rachel for whom Jacob had worked seven years as payment. Jacob accused Laban of deceiving him (Genesis 29:15-25). So, after seven days Jacob was allowed to marry Rachel upon agreeing to work for Laban another seven years.
Jacob loved Rachel, but she was barren. Rachel envied her sister and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die.” Jacob’s reply was, “Am I in the place of God who has withheld the fruit of the womb from you?” So Rachel gave Jacob her handmaid, Bilhah, as a wife (Genesis 30:1-4). Bilhah gave birth to two sons.
- Dan – Judge – “God has judged my case” (Genesis 30:6).
- Naphtali – My wrestling – “With great wrestling I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed” (Genesis 30:8).
Following the birth of Judah, Leah stopped bearing. One day Reuben found mandrakes in the field during shearing season. Rachel bartered with Leah for some of the mandrakes in exchange for time with Jacob.
Several years later “God remembered Rachel …and opened her womb” (Genesis 30:22). She gave birth to:
- Joseph – He will add – “The Lord shall add to me another son.” (Genesis 30:24)
After Joseph was born, the family left Haran. Rachel stole Laban’s household idols and he came after them confronting Jacob, who said, “With whomever you find your idols, do not let him live.” Rachel sat on them while Laban searched (Genesis 31:1-32). She later died giving birth to her second son whom she called Ben-oni — son of my sorrow. She was buried near Bethlehem (Genesis 35:19-20). Jacob renamed him:
- Benjamin – Son of the right hand (Genesis 35:18)