Genesis 35:18
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New International Version
As she breathed her last--for she was dying--she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.

New Living Translation
Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means "son of my sorrow"). The baby's father, however, called him Benjamin (which means "son of my right hand").

English Standard Version
And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

New American Standard Bible
It came about as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
With her last breath--for she was dying--she named him Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin.

International Standard Version
Just before she died, Rachel called her son's name Ben-oni, but his father Jacob named him Benjamin.

NET Bible
With her dying breath, she named him Ben-Oni. But his father called him Benjamin instead.

New Heart English Bible
It happened, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Benoni, but his father named him Benjamin.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rachel was dying. As she took her last breath, she named her son Benoni [Son of My Sorrow], but his father named him Benjamin [Son of My Right Hand].

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing--for she died--that she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass as her soul was departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni, but his father called him Benjamin.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, as her soul was departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when her soul was departing for pain, and death was now at hand, she called the name of her son Benoni, that is, The son of my pain: but his father called him Benjamin, that is, The son of the right hand.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as her soul was departing -- for she died -- that she called his name Benoni; but his father called him Benjamin.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass as her soul was in departing (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.

World English Bible
It happened, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Benoni, but his father named him Benjamin.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass in the going out of her soul (for she died), that she calleth his name Ben-Oni; and his father called him Benjamin;
Study Bible
Benjamin is Born, Rachel Dies
17When she was in severe labor the midwife said to her, "Do not fear, for now you have another son." 18It came about as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).…
Cross References
Genesis 35:17
When she was in severe labor the midwife said to her, "Do not fear, for now you have another son."

Genesis 35:19
So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

Genesis 35:24
the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin;
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

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Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

1 Samuel 4:20,21 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said …

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Exodus 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts …

Lamentations 2:12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned …

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into …

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, …

Ben-oni. i.e., the son of my sorrow.

1 Chronicles 4:9 And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers: and his mother called …

Benjamin. i.e., the son of my right hand.

Genesis 42:4,38 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brothers; …

Genesis 43:14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send …

Genesis 44:27-31 And your servant my father said to us, You know that my wife bore me two sons…

Psalm 80:17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man …

The Samaritan has ben yamim, 'the son of days,' i.e., of his old age, (ch

Genesis 44:20 And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child …

(18) Ben-oni . . . Benjamin.--Rachel, in her dying moments, names her child the son of my sorrow; for though on has a double meaning, and is translated strength in Genesis 49:3, yet, doubtless, her feeling was that the life of her offspring was purchased by her own pain and death. Jacob's name, "son of the right hand," was probably given not merely that the child might-bear no ill-omened title, but to mark his sense of the value and preciousness of his last born son. Abravanel well remarks that earthly happiness is never perfect, and that the receiving of Divine revelations made no difference to Jacob's earthly lot. God had just solemnly appeared to him, and he is on his last journey, within two days' easy march of Hebron, when he loses the wife whom he so loved. For more than forty years he had been an exile from his home; he was now close to it, but may never welcome there the one for whom he had so deep and lasting an affection.

Verse 18. - And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, - literally, in the departing of her soul; not into annihilation, but into another (a disembodied) state of existence (vide Genesis 25:3) - for she died (a pathetic commentary on Genesis 30:1), that she called his name Ben-oni ("son of my sorrow," as a memorial of her anguish in bearing him, and of her death because of him): but his father called him Benjamin - "son of my right hand;" either "the son of my strength" (Clericus, Rosenmüller,. Murphy), or "the son of my happiness or good fortune" (Gesenius, Keil, Kalisch), with allusion to Jacob's now possessing twelve sons; or as expressive of Jacob's unwillingness to see a bad omen in the birth of Rachel's child (Candlish); or "the son of my days," i.e. of my old age (Samaritan), an interpretation which Lunge pasaes with a mere allusion, but which Kalisch justly pronounces not so absurd as is often asserted (cf. Genesis 44:20); or "the son of my affection" (Ainsworth; cf. Genesis 50:18) And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, for she died,.... In childbirth; she had most passionately desired children, without which she could not live with ease and peace of mind, and now she dies by having one; see Genesis 30:1; and by this account of her death it appears, that death is the separation and disunion of soul and body; that at death the soul departs from the body; that the soul does not die with it, but goes elsewhere, and lives in a separate state, and never dies; it goes into another world, a world of spirits, even unto God that gave it, Ecclesiastes 12:7,

that she called his name Benoni; which signifies "the son of my sorrow", having borne and brought him forth in sorrow, and now about to leave him as soon as born, which might increase her sorrow; or "the son, of my mourning"; as Aben Ezra and Ben Gersom interpret it; or "the son of my strength", all her strength being exhausted in bringing him forth:

but his father called him Benjamin; that is, "the son of the right hand", being as dear to him, and as beloved by him as his right hand; or who would be as the right hand to him, his staff and support in his old age; or else as being the son of her who was as his right hand, dear and assisting to him. Some render it, "the son of days", or years, that is, the son of his old age, as he is called, Genesis 44:20; Jarchi and Ben Gerson interpret it, "the son of the south"; the right hand being put for the south; and they think this son was so called, because he only was born in the land of Canaan, which lay, they say, to the south with respect to Mesopotamia, where the rest were born; but be the etymology of the word as it will, the change of the name seems to be made by Jacob, because that which Rachel gave her son would have perpetually put Jacob in mind of the sorrow of his beloved Rachel, and therefore gave him a name more pleasant and agreeable. The Jews say (c) he was born the eleventh of October, and lived one hundred and eleven years.

(c) Shalshalet Hakabala, fol. 4. 1.18. She called his name Ben-oni—The dying mother gave this name to her child, significant of her circumstances; but Jacob changed his name into Benjamin. This is thought by some to have been originally Benjamin, "a son of days," that is, of old age. But with its present ending it means "son of the right hand," that is, particularly dear and precious.35:16-20 Rachel had passionately said, Give me children, or else I die; and now that she had children, she died! The death of the body is but the departure of the soul to the world of spirits. When shall we learn that it is God alone who really knows what is best for his people, and that in all worldly affairs the safest path for the Christian is to say from the heart, It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good. Here alone is our safety and our comfort, to know no will but his. Her dying lips called her newborn son Ben-oni, the son of my sorrow; and many a son proves to be the heaviness of her that bare him. Children are enough the sorrow of their mothers; they should, therefore, when they grow up, study to be their joy, and so, if possible, to make them some amends. But Jacob, because he would not renew the sorrowful remembrance of the mother's death every time he called his son, changed his name to Benjamin, the son of my right hand: that is, very dear to me; the support of my age, like the staff in my right hand.
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