Quoting Quiverfull: Building a House Means Birthing Those Babies?

Quoting Quiverfull: Building a House Means Birthing Those Babies? June 18, 2013

by Nancy Campbell at Above Rubies – Building Also Means…

Further to my post yesterday, there is more involved in the word building than meets the eye. The word in the Hebrew is “banah.” Yes, of course it means to build. However, it also means to repair. We have to keep repairing things in our home or it will soon fall down around us. We also have to keep repairing our relationship with our husband and children. This is all part of the building program.

But, did you know that there is another aspect to building? This word also means “to have children.” To build a home you must embrace children.

I love the blessing the people of Judah gave to Naomi about her daughter-in-law, Ruth, “The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build (banah) the house of Israel” (Ruth 4:11).

How did Rachel and Leah build a nation? With hammers and wood? No, they built it by embracing children.

Here are some other Scriptures that speak of building by embracing children, Genesis 2:22; 16:2; 30:3; Deuteronomy 25:9; Psalm 127:1 and Proverbs 14:1).

Be a great builder as you build your home and consequently the nation

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Joy

    She does realize Rachel had only two kids….right?

  • Embracing children is not synonymous to giving birth – I never had a husband or children, but did multiple things to embrace them and make the world a better place for them.

  • Cathy W

    …and didn’t Rachel and Leah’s servants also contribute to the family?

  • “How did Rachel and Leah build a nation? With hammers and wood? No, they built it by embracing children.”

    I think “childbearing olympics” would be a better description:


  • mary

    Yes….. none of Jacob’s wives or concubines had huge families.

  • Joy

    Yep, they actually contributed more kids than Rachel did, I believe.

  • Yes. Leah is the only OT patriarch’s partner with more than 2 children. (Abraham’s Sarah had 1; Hagar 1; Isaac’s Rebekah 2; Jacob’s Leah 7; Rachel 2, Bilhah 2 and Zilpah 2.)

    The wives of patriarchs had on average 2,4 children – with only statistical outlier Leah on more than 2.

  • Arianna

    This is where the Jewish mothers step in and tell the Christians, “Stay out of OUR books!” Seriously though, unless you are ready to go wholeheartedly into becoming an Orthodox Jew, you have no reason to even HAVE the OT in your house. Didn’t Jesus say, “I come bearing a new covenant”?