New International Version
As she breathed her last--for she was dying--she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named 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.
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.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As her soul was in departing - Is not this a proof that there is an immortal spirit in man, which can exist separate from and independent of the body? Of Rachel's death it is said, בצאת נפשה betseth naphshah, in the going away of her soul; her body did not go away, therefore her soul and body must have been distinct. If her breath only had been in tended, נשמה neshamah or רוח ruach would have rather been used, as the first means breath, the latter breath or spirit indifferently.
She called his name Ben-oni - בן אני the Son of my sorrow or affliction, because of the hard labor she had in bringing him into the world; but his father called him Benjamin, בנימין the son of my right hand, i.e., the son peculiarly dear to me. So man of the right hand, Psalm 80:17, signifies one much loved and regarded of God. The Samaritan has Benyamin, the son of days; i.e., the son of his old age, as Judah calls him, Genesis 44:20; and Houbigant contends that this is the true reading, and that the Chaldee termination in for im is a corruption. If it be a corruption, it is as old as the days of St. Jerome, who translated the place Benjamin, id est, filius dextrae; Benjamin, that is, the son of the right hand.
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2275. B.C. cir.
1729. her soul.
Ben-oni. i.e., the son of my sorrow.
Benjamin. i.e., the son of my right hand.
The Samaritan has ben yamim, 'the son of days,' i.e., of his old age, (ch
,) which Jerome renders Benjamin, id est, filius dextrae, Benjamin, that is, 'the son of the right hand.'
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And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't despair, for you have another son."
So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
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