Although Jacob did not love Leah as he loved Rachel, he did continue to live with her as a husband and Leah continued to conceive sons:
- Simeon - "one who hears" - Leah noted that the Lord had 'heard' that she continued to be unloved by Jacob, so He had given her this son, also. (v.33)
- Levi - "attached" - Leah hoped that Jacob would become 'attached' to her now that she had borne him three sons. (v.34)
- Judah - "praise" - Apparently, Leah gave up trying to win Jacob's affection by giving him sons, and just praised the Lord that He had given her these four sons. She stopped having children (for a while) and seemed fairly content with her life. (v.35)
Even more spectacularly, Judah would go on to become the ancestor of David and his royal line, and, ultimately, the Messiah Jesus. God's ways certainly are mysterious, and full of His wisdom. Not yet knowing these things about the futures of her sons, Leah nevertheless finally seems somewhat content. However, this contentment was rather short-lived. Rachel was not particularly happy that her unloved sister was having all these children with Jacob. Then began what I will call, 'The Battle of the Babies".