Genesis 30:23-24

23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”
24 She named him Joseph,[a] and said, “May the LORD add to me another son.”

Genesis 30:23-24 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives an account of Rachel's envy of her sister for her fruitfulness, and of her earnest desire of having children, which she expressed to Jacob in an unbecoming manner, for which he reproved her, Ge 30:1,2, of her giving her maid Bilhah to Jacob, by whom he had two sons, Dan and Naphtali, Ge 30:3-8; and of Leah's giving her maid Zilpah to him, by whom he had two other sons, Gad and Asher, Ge 30:9-13; and of Reuben's mandrakes he found in the field, and the agreement made between Rachel and Leah about them, Ge 30:14-16; and of Leah's bearing Jacob two more sons and one daughter, Ge 30:17-21, and of Rachel's also bearing him a son, whose name was Joseph, Ge 30:22-24; upon which he desires leave of Laban to depart into his own country, his time of servitude being up, Ge 30:25,26; which brought on a new agreement between him and Laban, that for the future he should have all the speckled, spotted, and brown cattle for his service, Ge 30:27-36; and the chapter is concluded with an account of a cunning scheme of Jacob's to increase that sort of cattle, which succeeded, and by which he became rich, Ge 30:37-43.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S ver 6; S Genesis 29:32
  • 2. Isaiah 4:1; Isaiah 25:8; Isaiah 45:17; Isaiah 54:4; Luke 1:25
  • 3. S Genesis 29:6; Genesis 32:22; Genesis 33:2,7; Genesis 35:24; Genesis 37:2; Genesis 39:1; Genesis 49:22-26; Deuteronomy 33:13
  • 4. Genesis 35:17; 1 Samuel 4:20

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. "Joseph" means "may he add."
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