He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives.
The story of Reuben and Bilhah, in the next chapter, may be instructive to the pious, but is not so to persons of refined taste.
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife and Jacob went in unto her.
Dan is the son of Bilhah and brother of Joseph, who was over all the Egyptians.
And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
faltering; bashful, Rachel's handmaid, whom she gave to Jacob (Gen. 29:29). She was the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 30:3-8). Reuben was cursed by his father for committing adultry with her (35:22; 49:4). He was deprived of the birth-right, which was given to the sons of Joseph.