A concubine is regarded as a female who lives with a man but is quite inferior in rank and importance to the man’s wife or wives, and they were mostly a part of the society that practiced polygamy. And concubinage is a physical and mutual union between a male and a female where neither of the two wants to get married.
Here are a few Bible verses about concubines.
“He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.”
He was in possession of seven hundred princesses, spouses, and three hundred and three hundred mistresses, and his spouses refused admittance to his soul.
“In those days Israel had no king. Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.”
And on that account, his mistress persuaded the courtesan to turn against him, and as a consequence, she departed from him and put up at the house of her father which was located in Bethlehem in Judah, and she resided in her father’s abode for a span of four months.
“He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives.”
“His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek.”
And on that account, Gideon was in possession of seventy sons who were his own successors, and this is because of the fact that he had a huge number of spouses. He had a mistress who used to live in Shechem, gave birth to a son as well, and the son came to be known as Abimelech.
“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do.”
And on that account, he does not possess the power to make her an object of trade to the non-native people because of his injustice behavior towards her. If he appoints her for his son, he will have to cope with her in accordance with the tradition of daughters.
“The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.”
“But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking.”
And at that moment, Sarah laid her eyes upon the descendant of Hagar, the Egyptian, whom she handed over to Abraham, as a mockery. Therefore she told Abraham that he should point the exit door to that maidservant and her descendant, for she would not tolerate the son of that charwoman to acquire the position of his husband’s successor along with her son, Isaac.
“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar.”
And on that account, she asked him to make his way up to her slave; perhaps she might be able to have kids through her. And Abram was very obedient to all the things that Sarai told her.
For the time being, David laid hold of more spouses and mistresses from the town of Jerusalem after he had arrived from Hebron; and more male and female descendants were born to him.
“He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”
And on that account, Joab laid his foot into the abode to meet the monarch and told him that it was on this very day that he had smothered the countenances of the men who served him with nothing but disgrace, for they were the men who had rescued his life, the lives of his daughters and sons, the lives of his spouses and the lives of his mistresses.
“He was doubly honored above the Three and became their commander, even though he was not included among them.”
Rehoboam was more affectionate towards Maacah, the ward of Absalom than he was towards all the rest of his spouses and mistresses. And this was because of the fact that he had in his possession eighteen spouses and sixty mistresses, and he was a father to sixty daughters and twenty-eight sons.
And she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
“The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.”
And the holy Lord, the Supreme Being of all the universe, also added that he himself will build a country in the name of the descendant of the charwoman because that lad is a descendant of Abraham as well.
“While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.”
And on that account, during the time Belshazzar had a taste of the wine, he laid commands to fetch the containers made of silver and gold which Nebuchadnezzar, the father of Belshazzar, had moved out of the place of worship that was located in the town of Jerusalem, so that the monarch and his aristocrats, his spouses and his mistresses were able to quench their thirst from the containers.
“So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian servant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.”
And on that account, after Abram had resided for ten long years on the soil of Canaan, the wife of Abram, Sarai laid hold of her Egyptian female servant who was known as Hagar, and offered that maid to her husband Abram, as his new spouse.
“Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah.”
And on that account, at the present moment, Abram gained possession of another spouse, who was known by the name of Keturah.
“But she was unfaithful to him. She left him and went back to her parents’ home in Bethlehem, Judah. After she had been there four months.”
And on that account, it so happened in those times that when there was no monarch living in Israel, there existed a particular Levite residing in the rural side of the nation of hills of Ephraim, who laid hold of a mistress for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.
But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your servant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”
And on that account, the kid had grown up and was now accustomed to food other than his mother’s breast milk, and therefore Abraham organized a huge celebration meal on the day that his son, Isaac, shifted from milk to food.
“If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.”
“If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.”
And on that account, if a person puts his daughter on sale as a female servant, she is not supposed to submit herself without being paid any money for her labor, in a similar manner in which the male servants do. If she turns out to be unsatisfying in the sight of her Lord, who appointed her to fulfill his needs, then he should allow her to make up for her mistakes.
Then she 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.”
“So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her.”
And on that account, Rachel told him that it was her servant, Bilhah and that he should make his way inside to her in order to sleep with her so that Rachel could have children sitting on her knees through the servant. And therefore, she offered her servant Bilhah as a partner to him, and Jacob made love to her. As a result of this union, Bilhah gave birth to a boy who was the descendant of Jacob.
“When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.”
When Leah observed that she was no longer fertile enough to bear children in her womb, she laid hold of her servant, Zilpah, and offered her to Jacob as a partner for mating.
“Her husband went to her to persuade her to return. He had with him his servant and two donkeys. She took him into her parents’ home, and when her father saw him, he gladly welcomed him.”
And on that account, her husband took a stand and tried to make up to her by sweet-talking so that he could convince her to come back, and he took his attendant and a couple of donkeys along with him.
“So she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my servant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said.”
And on that account, Sarai, who was the spouse of Abram, had not given birth to any child, and she was in possession of an Egyptian slave, who was known by the name of Hagar. Therefore Sarai told Abram that currently, he should pay close attention to the fact that the almighty Heavenly Father, the Supreme Being of all the universe, had put a stop to her capability of giving birth to children.
“I will make the son of the servant into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”
And on that account, Abraham was feeling severely troubled with the situation, but the good God, the almighty Heavenly Father, told Abraham that there is no need for him to be worried about the boy and the maidservant; he should listen to all the things that Sarah is telling him to carry out, and this is because of the fact that it is through Isaac that the successors of Abraham will be given their names.
“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.”
And on that account, it has been penned down that Abraham had two male children, one of them was given birth by the slave, and the other one was the son of a free woman. However, the child that was given birth by the slave woman was born as a result of the only sexual intimacy of two bodies, but the child that was delivered by the free woman, was born out of a promise.
“A contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.”
There is a vast difference between a woman who is not liked much, but she finds herself a spouse, and a woman who works as a slave under a lady but when she takes the place of her mistress.
“At that time the son born by human effort persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.”
And on that account, during that time, the child that was conceived as a result of mere intimacy of two bodies, oppressed and ill-treated the boy who was born as a result of not only intimacy of two bodies but also due to the intimacy of two souls.
“Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.”
“But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.”
And on that account, Abraham handed over all the things that to owned to his son Isaac; but to the children that were conceived by his mistresses, he presented them with gifts during the time that he was still alive and he made sure that they were far away from Isaac and so he dismissed them to someplace in the east.
“So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them.”
And on that account, they fetched the containers made of gold which had been moved out of the place of worship of the almighty Heavenly Father, the Supreme Being of all the universe, that is, the temple; and the monarch and his aristocrats, his spouses and his mistresses quenched their thirst by drinking from those containers.
“His father-in-law, the woman’s father, prevailed on him to stay; so he remained with him three days, eating and drinking, and sleeping there.”
And on that account, she escorted him inside the house owned by her father, and at the time the father of the girl laid eyes upon him, he was delighted to meet him. And on that account, his father-in-law, that is, the father of the girl held him back in his abode, and he stayed with them for three days. And hence they enjoyed delicious meals and drank fancy wines and made themselves comfortable there.
“Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.”
And on that account, Abraham woke up before the usual time in the morning and got hold of bread and a skin of water and offered them to Hagar, placing them on her shoulder, and he handed over the lad to her and dismissed her from his place. And so she left and roamed about in the wildlands of Beersheba.
“If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.”
“If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.”
And on that account, if he gets on with another female, he may not turn down her meal, her need for dressing up, or her nuptial privileges. If he is unable to carry out all the three things for her, then she shall make her way out for no benefit, with no monetary reward.
“And she became pregnant and bore him a son.”
“Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.”
And on that account, Rachel said that the almighty Heavenly Father, the Supreme Being of all the universe, had freed her from all her sins and redeemed her soul and had indeed paid attention to her earnest prayers and had therefore blessed her with a male child. Hence she decided to call her son by the name Dan.
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