Genesis 30:8
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New International Version
Then Rachel said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won." So she named him Naphtali.

New Living Translation
Rachel named him Naphtali, for she said, "I have struggled hard with my sister, and I'm winning!"

English Standard Version
Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.

New American Standard Bible
So Rachel said, "With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed." And she named him Naphtali.

King James Bible
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rachel said, "In my wrestlings with God, I have wrestled with my sister and won," and she named him Naphtali.

International Standard Version
so Rachel said, "I've been through a mighty struggle with my sister and won." She named him Naphtali.

NET Bible
Then Rachel said, "I have fought a desperate struggle with my sister, but I have won." So she named him Naphtali.

New Heart English Bible
Rachel said, "With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed." She named him Naphtali.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rachel said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won!" So she named him Naphtali [My Struggle].

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Rachel said: 'With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed.' And she called his name Naphtali.

New American Standard 1977
So Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed.” And she named him Naphtali.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed; and she called his name Naphtali.

King James 2000 Bible
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

American King James Version
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

American Standard Version
And Rachel said, With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For whom Rachel said: God hath compared me with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called him Nephtali.

Darby Bible Translation
And Rachel said, Wrestlings of God have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed; and she called his name Naphtali.

English Revised Version
And Rachel said, With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

World English Bible
Rachel said, "With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed." She named him Naphtali.

Young's Literal Translation
and Rachel saith, 'With wrestlings of God I have wrestled with my sister, yea, I have prevailed;' and she calleth his name Napthali.
Study Bible
Dan and Naphtali
7Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8So Rachel said, "With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed." And she named him Naphtali. 9When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.…
Cross References
Genesis 30:7
Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.

Genesis 30:9
When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.

Numbers 2:29
"Then comes the tribe of Naphtali, and the leader of the sons of Naphtali: Ahira the son of Enan,
Treasury of Scripture

And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

great wrestlings. Heb. wrestlings of God.

Genesis 23:6 Hear us, my lord: you are a mighty prince among us: in the choice …

Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until …

Exodus 9:28 Entreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty …

1 Samuel 14:15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all …

and she.

Genesis 35:25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:

Genesis 46:24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.

Genesis 49:21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he gives goodly words.

Deuteronomy 33:23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full …

Naphtali. that is, My wrestling.

Genesis 32:24,25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until …

Matthew 4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelled in Capernaum, which is …

Nephthalim.

(8) With great wrestlings.--Heb., wrestlings of God, but the Authorised Version undoubtedly gives the right sense. (See Note on Genesis 23:6.) By wrestling, some commentators understand prayer, but the connection of the two ideas of wrestling and prayer is taken from Genesis 32:24, where an entirely different verb is used. Rachel's was a discreditable victory, won by making use of a bad custom, and it consisted in weaning her husband still more completely from the unloved Leah. Now that Bilhah and children were added to the attractiveness of her tent, her sister, she boasts, will be thought of no more.

And Rachel said, with great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister,.... Or, "with the wrestlings of God" (a), wrestling and striving in prayer with God; being vehement and importunate in her petitions to him, that she might have children as well as her sister: some render it, "I used the craftinesses of God", or "great craftiness with my sisters" (b); by giving her maid Bilhah to her husband, and having children by her:

and I have prevailed; as she strove in her desires and prayers to have another child before her sister had; in that she prevailed, or she was succeeded in her desires, she had children as she wished to have:

and she called his name Naphtali; which signifies "my wrestling", being a child she had been striving and wrestling for: these two sons of Bilhah were born, as say the Jews, Dan on the twenty ninth day of Elul or August, and lived one hundred and twenty seven years; Naphtali on the fifth of Tisri or September, and lived one hundred and thirty three years.

(a) "luctationibus Dei", Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius, Cartwright. (b) "Calliditatibus Dei, Oleaster, astutiis Dei", Schmidt. 30:1-13 Rachel envied her sister: envy is grieving at the good of another, than which no sin is more hateful to God, or more hurtful to our neighbours and ourselves. She considered not that God made the difference, and that in other things she had the advantage. Let us carefully watch against all the risings and workings of this passion in our minds. Let not our eye be evil towards any of our fellow-servants, because our Master's is good. Jacob loved Rachel, and therefore reproved her for what she said amiss. Faithful reproofs show true affection. God may be to us instead of any creature; but it is sin and folly to place any creature in God's stead, and to place that confidence in any creature, which should be placed in God only. At the persuasion of Rachel, Jacob took Bilhah her handmaid to wife, that, according to the usage of those times, her children might be owned as her mistress's children. Had not Rachel's heart been influenced by evil passions, she would have thought her sister's children nearer to her, and more entitled to her care than Bilhah's. But children whom she had a right to rule, were more desirable to her than children she had more reason to love. As an early instance of her power over these children, she takes pleasure in giving them names that carry in them marks of rivalry with her sister. See what roots of bitterness envy and strife are, and what mischief they make among relations. At the persuasion of Leah, Jacob took Zilpah her handmaid to wife also. See the power of jealousy and rivalship, and admire the wisdom of the Divine appointment, which joins together one man and one woman only; for God hath called us to peace and purity.
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