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the daughter of Laban, and sister of Leah. The Prophet Jeremiah 31:15 , and St. Matthew 2:18 , have put Rachel for the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the children of Joseph, the son of Rachel. This prophecy was completed when these two tribes were carried into captivity beyond the Euphrates; and St. Matthew made application of it to what happened at Bethlehem, when Herod put to death the children of two years old and under. Then Rachel, who was buried there, might be said to make her lamentations for the death of so many innocent children sacrificed to the jealousy of a wicked monarch.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Rachel'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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