Bil'hah (Heb. Bilhah', בַּלהָה, faltering, i.e. perh. bashful),' the name of a woman and of a place.

1. (Sept. Βαλλά) The handmaid (Ge 29:29) whom the childless Rachel bestowed as a concubine upon her husband Jacob, that through her she might have children. B.C. 191t. Bilhah thus became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Ge 30:3-8; Ge 35:25; Ge 46:25; 1Ch 7:13). Her stepson Reuben afterward lay with her (Ge 35:22), B.C. cir. 1890, and thus incurred his father's dying reproof (Ge 49:4).

2. (Sept. Βαλαά.) A place belonging to the tribe of Simeon (1Ch 4:29), called BALAH SEE BALAH (q.v.) in Jos 19:3; and it seems to be the same which is called BAALAH in Jos 15:29.

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