The LORD said to her (Rebekah):
Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.
She wants many sons
to test if she would love one more
than the other: the one with freckles
on the skin, self conscious
as hair grows as fine down
on the chest into the hollow
below the rib cage.
Then she (Rachel) said:
Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her
so that she can bear children for me and
I too can build a family through her.
She wants her husband
to take a woman
(better if she’s a servant)
to test if she loves him enough to feel
pain of loss, especially after she’s
become indifferent to sex and
stopped shaving her legs and armpits.