Genesis 30:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:13, NIV: "Then Leah said, 'How happy I am! The women will call me happy.' So she named him Asher."

Genesis 30:13, ESV: "And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women have called me happy.” So she called his name Asher."

Genesis 30:13, KJV: "And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher."

Genesis 30:13, NASB: "Then Leah said, 'Happy am I! For women will call me happy.' So she named him Asher."

Genesis 30:13, NLT: "And Leah named him Asher, for she said, 'What joy is mine! Now the other women will celebrate with me.'"

Genesis 30:13, CSB: "Leah said, "I am happy that the women call me happy," so she named him Asher."

What does Genesis 30:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Leah names her sixth son, the second born to her servant woman Zilpah (Genesis 30:9–12). Leah declares herself happy at the birth of this boy. In part, her happiness stems from the fact that other women will recognize that she is happy or blessed. In no small part, this happiness is fueled by a sense of competition. Rachel and Leah are engaged in something of a "birth war," competing against each other through the bearing of children.

Again, Leah names her son in response to her emotional state at the time and her recognition that God, or perhaps a lesser local god, has provided for her. The name Asher means "blessing" or "happiness," and could be related to a word that sounds like "God has filled with joy." However, well known gods of that era also had names similar to Asher. We will learn later that some of the house gods of Rachel's and Leah's youth continued to be part of Jacob's household (Genesis 31:32).