Genesis 30:13

13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.[a]

Genesis 30:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
ESV
13 And Leah said, "Happy am I! For women have called me happy." So she called his name Asher.
NLT
13 And Leah named him Asher, for she said, “What joy is mine! Now the other women will celebrate with me.”
MSG
13 Leah said, "A happy day! The women will congratulate me in my happiness." So she named him Asher (Happy).
CSB
13 Leah said, "I am happy that the women call me happy," so she named him Asher.

Genesis 30:13 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 30:13

And Leah said
Upon the birth of the second son by her maid: happy am I;
or, "in my happiness"; or, "for my happiness" F3; that is, this child is an addition to my happiness, and will serve to increase it: for the daughters will call me blessed; the women of the place where she lived would speak of her as a happy person, that had so many children of her own, and others by her maid; see ( Psalms 127:5 ) : and she called his name Asher,
which signifies "happy" or "blessed". These two sons of Zilpah, according to the Jewish writers F4, were born, Gad on the tenth day of Marchesvan or October, and lived one hundred and twenty five years; and Asher on the twenty second day of Shebet or January, and lived one hundred and twenty three years.


FOOTNOTES:

F3 (yrvab) "in felicitate mea", Montanus; "ob beatitatem meam", Drusius; "hoc pro beatitudine men", V. L. "pro beatitudine mihi est", Schmidt.
F4 Shalshalet Hakabala, fol. 4. 1.

Genesis 30:13 In-Context

11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad.
12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.
14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 127:3
  • 2. Ruth 4:14; Psalms 127:4-5; Proverbs 31:28; Luke 1:48
  • 3. Genesis 35:26; Genesis 46:17; Genesis 49:20; Numbers 1:40; Numbers 26:47; Deuteronomy 33:24; Joshua 19:24-31; 1 Chronicles 7:30-31

Footnotes 1