Genesis 30:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:20, NIV: "Then Leah said, 'God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.' So she named him Zebulun."

Genesis 30:20, ESV: "Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun."

Genesis 30:20, KJV: "And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun."

Genesis 30:20, NASB: "Then Leah said, 'God has endowed me with a good gift; finally my husband will acknowledge me as his wife, because I have borne him six sons.' So she named him Zebulun."

Genesis 30:20, NLT: "She named him Zebulun, for she said, 'God has given me a good reward. Now my husband will treat me with respect, for I have given him six sons.'"

Genesis 30:20, CSB: ""God has given me a good gift," Leah said. "This time my husband will honor me because I have borne six sons for him," and she named him Zebulun."

What does Genesis 30:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Sisters Leah and Rachel are engaged in a "birth war," competing for the affections of their mutual husband, Jacob (Genesis 29:18–30). Following her pattern, Leah names her sixth naturally-born son according to her feelings about the circumstances of the moment. Again, she credits God for giving her another son. Specifically, Leah says God has endowed or presented to her a good gift, using the Hebrew word zabad. Leah's faith in and gratitude to God seems to be a constant in her life.

The other constant in Leah's life seems to be a deep desire to be loved and valued by her husband Jacob. That desire has often gone unmet, according to the details of this chapter (Genesis 30:15). Now that she has born him a sixth child, with two more through her servant Zilpah, Leah expresses her deep hope that perhaps her husband will at least "honor" or perhaps "live with" her, depending on the translation of the Hebrew word zabal.

She connects these two expressions, gratitude to God for this gift and confidence that her husband will honor her, with the name Zebulun. That name, Zabuwluwn in Hebrew, contains references to both "gift" and "honor."