Genesis 30:1

“And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when Rachel saw that shee bare Iacob no children, Rachel enuied her sister, and said vnto Iacob, Giue mee children, or els I die.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now Rachel, because she had no children, was full of envy of her sister; and she said to Jacob, If you do not give me children I will not go on living.
- Basic English Bible

And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
- Darby Bible

And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
- Webster's Bible

When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister. She said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I will die."
- World English Bible

And Rachel seeth that she hath not borne to Jacob, and Rachel is envious of her sister, and saith unto Jacob, `Give me sons, and if there is none -- I die.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob: 'Give me children, or else I die.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 30:1


30:1 Rachel envied her sister - Envy is grieving at the good of another, than which no sin is more injurious both to God, our neighbour, and ourselves. But this was not all, she said to Jacob, give me children or else I die - A child would not content her; but because Leah has more than one, she must have more too; Give me children: her heart is set upon it. Give them me, else I die, That is, I shall fret myself to death. The want of this satisfaction will shorten my days. Observe a difference between Rachel's asking for this mercy, and Hannah's, #1Sam 1:10|, &c. Rachel envied, Hannah wept: Rachel must have children, and she died of the second; Hannah prayed for this child, and she had four more: Rachel is importunate and peremptory, Hannah is submissive and devout, If thou wilt give me a child, I will give him to the Lord. Let Hannah be imitated, and not Rachel; and let our desires be always under the conduct and check of reason and religion.


Discussion for Genesis 30

  • Hebrew Israelite
    I get it that's where the 12 tribes comes from
  • Seven Trumpets
    The beginning of God's bringing to pass His promise to Abraham was the increasing of Jacob's sons, and of all his wealth, as a hired servant among "brethren" according to the flesh; and how God shows the superiority of His Elect and Beloved Ones, over the others who may appear to be greater in this world. When Jesus comes, He will take away all that the ungodly trust in, and give it to His Saints.
  • Kemar
    God Promise that he would bless Jacob seed and that was fulfilled here Jacob had 12 sons...always trust in God Words because he never fails...we fail to fulfill promises some times but God never fails
  • HENRY S STEWART
    god is still working behind the scenes. as he continue to bless jacob
  • Yosev Adzungweh for verse 24
    The Circumstances Surrounding The Birth Of Joseph Shows That If We Pray With Sincerity Of Heart To God He Will Surely Answer Us.We Should Also Have Faith In God That No Time Is Late, With All Mockery, Rachel Prayed Earnestly And With Sincerity Of Heart That God Should Give A Son And God Finally Granted Her Heart Desire. She Conceived And Gave Birth To A Son And Named Him Joseph Saying God Has Taken Away Her Shame And May God Add To Her Another Son, To God Be The Glory, Joseph Grew Up And Became The Lord Of Egypt.
  • Lucien Ayite
    I am somewhat disappointed by the profane behavior of barren Rachel who, for some few mandrakes, forfeited an opportunity to conceive in favor of Lea who seized it and had a 5th child, Issachar. In so doing, Rachel acted just like Esau who sold his birthright to Jacob for some lentils. In this perilous time we are living, it is capital to fight against intemperance and shun all gratification of our appetites so as not to forfeit spiritual blessings, the lost of which might have eternal consequences.

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