Rachel sees that she is unable to bear children for Jacob. She grows jealous of her sister. She threatens Jacob. She wants Jacob to give her children or she will die. This angers Jacob. He tells her that he is not God who prevented her from motherhood.
She then gives her slave-girl to Jacob. She wants the girl to give birth on her knees. This way, she too will have children.
Jacob then sleeps with Bilhah. She conceives and gives birth to a son.
Rachel now feels that God has done justice to her. He has heard her prayers and has given her a son. She names him Dan.
Bilhah conceives a second time and gives birth to a son. Rachel names him Naphtale. She feels that she fought a battle with her sister and won.
Leah too sees that she stopped having children. She gives Jacob her slave-girl Zilpah. He sleeps with her. She too conceives and gives birth to a son. Lea is excited with the good fortune and names him Gad. Zilpah conceives again and gives birth to a son. Leah now feels that everyone will call her blessed. So she names him Asher.
Jacob works seven more years for Laban.
God sees that Jacob loved Rachel more. He then opens up Leah’s womb and makes Rachel barren for some time.
Leah conceives and gives birth to a son. She names him Ruben. She feels that God has seen her misery. Now her husband will love her because she has given him a son.
Leah conceives again and gives birth to a son. She names him Simeon. She is now sure that God has seen that she is not loved and gave her a son.
Leah has a third son. She names him Levi. Leah is now confident that her husband will attach himself to her.
Leah conceives a fourth time and bears him a son. This time, she praises God and names her son Judah. With this, she stops having children.
Jacob then works for Laban for seven years to get Rachel. The time just flies by because of his intense love for her.
After seven years, Jacob asks for his wife. He wants to go to her.
Laban gathers the people of the land and gives them a banquet. But at night, he gives him Leah in the place of Rachel. Jacob sleeps with her. He also gives Leah his slave girl Zilpah as her servant.
In the morning, he sees that it is Leah. Jacob questions Laban. He worked for Rachel and Laban deceived him.
Laban replies that it is not their custom to get the younger married before the elder. He wants Jacob to finish his week with her. He will get Rachel if he works for seven more years for him.
Jacob obliges. When the time is up, Laban gives Rachel to Jacob. He also gives his slave girl Bilhah as a slave for his daughter.
Jacob works for seven more years for Laban.