Leah, hated as she is, has still managed to rise above the level of a rejected woman. It is important to also take notice that her second son, Simeon, was raised in an environment in which his own mother was hated, and it is therefore little wonder that he is later full of hatred himself.
Leah once again falls pregnant, and Levi is born. Leah says, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me…” Again we note increased hope in her outlook, despite her lack of knowledge of Jacob’s feelings. And Levi grew up in an environment of hope and doubt. She conceives a fourth time, and Judah is born, after which she proclaims, “This time I will praise the LORD.”
Discarded, transparent and hated, Leah nevertheless manages to overcome her horrible situation and be grateful for what she has. She raises her hands, looks up and praises the Lord. She no longer feels hated, knowing that her husband cannot ignore that she has given him four sons. She feels relieved, and even happy. Judah...
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