Genesis 30:6

6 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.[a]

Genesis 30:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 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.
ESV
6 Then Rachel said, "God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son." Therefore she called his name Dan.
NLT
6 Rachel named him Dan, for she said, “God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son.”
MSG
6 Rachel said, "God took my side and vindicated me. He listened to me and gave me a son." She named him Dan (Vindication).
CSB
6 Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; yes, He has heard me and given me a son," and she named him Dan.

Genesis 30:6 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 30:6

And Rachel said
As soon as she heard that Bilhah had bore a son: God hath judged me:
and hereby testified his approbation, as she understood it, of the step she had took in giving her maid to her husband, and she was justified in what she had done: and hath also heard my voice:
of prayer; she had prayed to God that her maid might have a child, or she have one by her: and hath given me a son;
whom she reckoned her own, Bilhah being her servant, and so her children born of her, hers; or whom she adopted and called her own, and therefore took upon her to give it a name, as follows: and here let it be observed, that she looked upon this child as a gift of God, as the fruit of prayer, and as in mercy to her, God dealing graciously with her, and taking her part, and judging righteous judgment: therefore called she his name Dan;
which signifies "judgment"; the reason of it lies in the first clause of the verse.

Genesis 30:6 In-Context

4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,
5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
6 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.
7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 35:24; Psalms 43:1; Lamentations 3:59
  • 2. ver 23; Genesis 21:2; Ruth 4:13; 1 Samuel 1:20
  • 3. Genesis 46:23; Genesis 49:16-17; Numbers 26:42-43; Joshua 19:40-48; Judges 1:34; Judges 13:2; Judges 18:2; Jeremiah 4:15; Jeremiah 8:16; Ezekiel 48:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. "Dan" here means "he has vindicated."