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In accordance with the customs of the time, which allowed both polygamy and concubinage, Laban had provided maids for his daughters as insurance that they would not be childless. Any children borne by Leah's and Rachel's personal maids would legally be recognized as theirs. Even though this kind of arrangement was legal, it was not in accord with God's original plan for the marriage relation. The Bible tells of many polygamous marriages which God allowed, but of none which were happy marriages.

Source:

KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8


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