Genesis 29:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 29:35, NIV: "She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, 'This time I will praise the LORD.' So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children."

Genesis 29:35, ESV: "And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing."

Genesis 29:35, KJV: "And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing."

Genesis 29:35, NASB: "And she conceived again and gave birth to a son, and said, 'This time I will praise the LORD.' Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children."

Genesis 29:35, NLT: "Once again Leah became pregnant and gave birth to another son. She named him Judah, for she said, 'Now I will praise the LORD!' And then she stopped having children."

Genesis 29:35, CSB: "And she conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, "This time I will praise the LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. Then Leah stopped having children."

What does Genesis 29:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Leah has married Jacob, but only because her father brutally deceived him, using Jacob's love for her younger sister, Rachel (Genesis 29:16–30). As one might expect, Jacob's attitude towards Leah has not been warm, and the Bible actually says that Jacob "hated" Leah (Genesis 29:31). Seeing and hearing her pain, God granted Leah her first two sons, who she named accordingly: Reuben (Genesis 29:32) and Simeon (Genesis 29:33). Her third son, Levi, was named to express a hope that Jacob would finally become attached to her (Genesis 29:34).

Now, Leah bears Jacob a fourth son. This time, she does not name the boy according to a hope that her husband will begin to love her. Perhaps Leah has given up on winning Jacob's affection. The name she gives to Judah does, however, continue to reflect Leah's faith in God. Yahuwdah means "praise," or more specifically, "may God be praised." Leah had an active faith in the Lord, who continued to be with her husband.

After this fourth son, however, Leah seems to have stopped bearing children. Scripture does not always mention every single child a particular person has, but this verse specifically says Leah did not continue to conceive after Judah. Either she became infertile for a time, or Jacob stopped sleeping with her. This second option is not impossible, given the jealousy expressed by her sister Rachel, as described in the next chapter.