Genesis 46:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 46:18, NIV: These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah--sixteen in all.

Genesis 46:18, ESV: These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob—sixteen persons.

Genesis 46:18, KJV: These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.

Genesis 46:18, NASB: These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah; and she bore to Jacob these sixteen persons.

Genesis 46:18, NLT: These were the sons of Zilpah, the servant given to Leah by her father, Laban. The number of Jacob's descendants through Zilpah was sixteen.

Genesis 46:18, CSB: These were the sons of Zilpah--whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah--that she bore to Jacob: sixteen persons.

What does Genesis 46:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The moment Jacob's family leaves behind the Promised Land to enter Egypt warrants a listing of all his descendants up to this point (Genesis 46:1–4). This verse summarizes and counts those descendants through Jacob's servant-wife Zilpah, given to him by his wife Leah to extend her own offspring (Genesis 30:9).

Zilpah's descendants at this point in Israel's history number 16 persons, including at least one daughter. This is about half the thirty-three offspring listed as having come directly from Zilpah's mistress, Leah (Genesis 46:15).