Genesis 30:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 30:6, NIV: "Then Rachel said, 'God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.' Because of this she named him Dan."

Genesis 30:6, ESV: "Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan."

Genesis 30:6, KJV: "And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan."

Genesis 30:6, NASB: "Then Rachel said, 'God has vindicated me, and has indeed heard my voice and has given me a son.' Therefore she named him Dan."

Genesis 30:6, NLT: "Rachel named him Dan, for she said, 'God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son.'"

Genesis 30:6, CSB: "Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; yes, he has heard me and given me a son," so she named him Dan."

What does Genesis 30:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Jacob's grandmother Sarah had a child by giving her servant girl as a wife to Abraham (Genesis 16:1–4), she seemed to quickly regret it (Genesis 16:5–6). Rachel, on the other hand, receives the baby born to her servant Bilhah (Genesis 29:29; 30:3) as a gift from God. Indeed, unlike Sarah's Ishmael, this son, and the others to be born to Jacob by his wives' servants, will become children of God's covenant promises to Jacob. In fact, they will become the patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Rachel names this boy Dan, related to a Hebrew term diyin, used earlier in the verse when Rachel says God has "vindicated" her. The word is also a play on the Hebrew word for "give." Rachel has apparently prayed for children, after all, in spite of her angry words to Jacob in Genesis 30:1. She credits the Lord both for vindicating her and for hearing her voice. As her sister Leah has done, Rachel worships God in the naming of her son.