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{Genesis 30:23} And she conceived, 2029 z8799 and bare 3205 z8799 a son; 1121 and said, 559 z8799 God 430 hath taken away 622 z8804 x853 my reproach: 2781
"Be fruitful and multiply," was the blessing of God: barrenness therefore was reckoned a reproach The intense desire of having children, observable among the Jewish women, arose not only from this reproach of barrenness, but from the hope of being the mother of the promised seed, and Him in whom all the nations of the earth were to be blessed. "And when the LORD saw that Leah [was] hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel [was] barren." {Gen 29:31} + "But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. ... And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb." {1Sm 1:5-6} + "And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach." {Isa 4:1} + "And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple." {Lke 1:21} + " Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on [me], to take away my reproach among men." {Lke 1:25} + "To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name [was] Mary." {Lke 1:27}

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