Genesis 30:4

And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid as his wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
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Ephrem The Syrian

AD 373
So, lest she nag him, asking him every day for children, Jacob, who was sent from his parents to take a daughter of Laban, agreed to take the foreign woman. But it was also so that the sons of the maidservants might become joint heirs with sons of the freewomen that Jacob took maidservants and freewomen. So he took Bilhah, and she conceived and bore Dan and Naphtali. .

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Marriage. The Manichees condemned Jacob for having four wives at once. But St. Augustine replied, it was not then unusual or forbidden. He took the two last only at the pressing instigation of Rachel and Lia, and that only for the sake of children. Lia herself was forced upon him. (contra Faust. xxii. 48.)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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